Pittsburg gambles, beats Granite Bay in overtime
In reality, Granite Bay High School’s home loss to Pittsburg came down to one play Friday night.
After Jamal Lockett’s touchdown run in the first overtime, Pittsburg was feeling spunky and decided to go for two points and the victory. Lockett waltzed into the end zone on an identical inside run to give the Pirates a 28-27 victory.
But the climactic ending was just the final act of the real theme of the game: Granite Bay couldn’t stop the run. Lockett rushed for 124 of Pittsburg’s 203 yards, and the Pirates dominated time of possession and won the battle in the trenches.
“They’re just a little better than us tonight,” Granite Bay head coach Ernie Cooper said. “So they got the spoils of victory. They were a little better than us up front on both sides of the ball. This one hurts, and we’ll have to figure out a way to bounce back.”
Grizzlies quarterback Grant Caraway put the pressure on Pittsburg in the first overtime with a play-action, roll-right, two-yard touchdown completion to Clint Ellinwood. It was part of a solid 11-of-19 night for Caraway.
But Pittsburg answered with runs of five, two and three yards by Lockett to set up the winning two-point conversion.
Granite Bay took a 20-6 lead into the fourth quarter. Speed demon Tony Ellison opened it up for the Grizzlies with a 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The Grizzlies’ balanced fly offense struck again with an 11-yard completion from Caraway to tight end Steven Graber.
“We had a hard time sustaining anything offensively,” Cooper said. “We did some good things, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
The Pirates charged back. Pittsburg began a 12-play drive at the end of the third quarter that carried into the final period, when quarterback Lorenzo Renteria found Morgan Benjamin for 17-yard touchdown completion. After a failed two-point conversion, Lockett found the end zone from 17 yards out with 1:21 remaining in regulation.
“We can only blame ourselves,” Cooper said. “We didn’t play well enough to win.”
It was all Granite Bay in a 21-8 defeat of Pittsburg. Tyler Brendel’s 20-yard rushing touchdown and Dan Smith’s one-yard score gave Granite Bay a boost after the game was tied at 8 at halftime.
PITTSBURG 28, GRANITE BAY 27 (OT)
Pittsburg 0 6 0 14 8 — 28
Granite Bay 6 0 14 0 7 — 27
GB — Ellison 4 run (run failed)
Pitt — Alexander 10 pass from Renteria (kick blocked)
GB — Ellison 46 run (Brown kick)
GB — Graber 11 pass from Caraway (Brown kick)
Pitt — Benjamin 20 pass from Renteria (pass failed)
Pitt — Lockett 17 run (Lockett run)
GB — Ellinwood 2 pass from Caraway (Brown kick)
Pitt — Lockett 3 run (Lockett run)
RUSHING — Pittsburg, Lockett 24-124, Menefee 7-42, Ross 7-32, Renteria 4-9, Ozuna 1-minus 4. Granite Bay, Cooley 19-90, Ellison 9-75, Partridge 5-26, Caraway 2-minus 9.
PASSING — Pittsburg, Renteria 8-11-0, 119; Crawford 1-1-0, 10; Menefee 0-1-1, 0. Granite Bay, Caraway 11-19-0, 134.
RECEIVING — Pittsburg, Crawford 3-59, Carter 3-19, Benjamin 2-33, Menefee 1-18. Granite Bay, Ellison 3-39, Graber 2-34, Partridge 2-29, Serna 1-23, Knapp 1-4, Cooley 1-3, Ellinwood 1-2.