Pearland thrashes South Houston 56-0

PEARLAND — There was once a time when the Pearland Oilers were the welcomed guest as the Homecoming opponent. But those days are long gone. Now, the only Homecoming game they play is their own and it has been a long time since they lost on this special occasion.

The local fans and former PHS alumni were not disappointed last Friday when the Oilers got a convincing 56-0 win over the South Houston Trojans.

From start to finish, the Oilers dominated on both sides of the ball limiting the Trojans only one first down and 29 total yards of offense.

Pearland head coach emptied his bench early as the starters set the early pace and the reserves continued to impress the home crowd.

The Oilers took their opening possession 65-yards in five plays capped off by a nifty 14-yard run by junior RB Davier Pinkston for the game's first score. The two-point conversion was no good leaving Pearland with the early 6-0 lead.

The Pearland defense forced a three-and-out giving the Oilers the ball at their own 27.

It took only six plays to go the distance as Pinkston once again found a huge opening created by the offensive line to skirt 47 yards for the score with 5:09 remaining in the first frame for a 13-0 lead following the PAT by Cody Bernstein.

Another three-and-out gave the Oilers the ball at the Trojans 48.

Junior QB Jacob Whitehead scored on a 9-yard keeper for a 20-0 lead. The drive was sparked by a pass from Whitehead to Isaiah Chaney covering 29 yards.

The Oilers scored again in less than two minutes as the Pearland defense got an interceptions by Blake Parish on South Houston's first play following the kickoff. Parish returned the pick for a 30-yard score with 1:38 left in the first quarter for a 26-0 advantage.

Pearland would score three more times in the second quarter as Ronald Adams found the end zone on runs of 14 and 2-yards and Evan Burgess bulled his way across the goal line on a 3-yard burst giving Pearland a 46-0 lead at intermission.

The Oilers took their foot off the gas on offense scoring only 10 points in the second half.

With 7:33 left in the third, Adams scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard run and Bernstein drilled a PHS record-setting 49-yard field goal at the 10:00 mark of the fourth quarter to post the 56-0 final score.

Whitehead finished the game hitting 7-of-8 passing for 89 yards while QB Connor Blumrick was 9-of-12 passing for 112 yards.

Pinkston continues to lead the Oilers in rushing, but has seen limited action because of the early blowouts. The junior speedster will be tested this week against Dawson. He had 81 yards on only four carries and two TDs against South Houston.

Adams had 105 yards on nine totes and three scores. Chase Foster had five carries for 25 yards. Burgess had 61 yards on 11 carries for one score.

Cody Williams was the leading receiver with four catches for 36 yards. Brady Basso had two grabs for 35 yards. Chaney had one catch for 30 yards. Hunter Smith had three catches for 13 yards.

So far, the Pearland defense hasn't allowed a score in district play after three games. The Oilers will finally be challenged on Friday, October 2 when they will face the Dawson Eagles (4-1, 3-0) in a battle of district unbeatens. The Dawson-Pearland Bowl will begin at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig in a game expected to be sold out.

Pearland won the first game between the two cross-town schools last year in a hard-fought 15-6 contest.