Trailing 13-12 at halftime, the No. 11 ranked Pearland Oilers scored 19 points in the third quarter and 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to down the College Park Cavaliers by the score of 41-20 at The Rig Stadium in the Houston suburb of Pearland on Thursday, August 27, 2015. The Oilers go to 1-0 in 2015 while the Cavaliers fall to 0-1.
College Park struck first on their second possession with a six-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back Dominic Garcia. Kicker Zachary Collins split the uprights for the extra point to give the Cavaliers a 7-0 with less than six minute to go in the first quarter. Three minutes later, Pearland got on the scoreboard with a three-yard run by junior quarterback Conner Blumrick and the extra point by kicker Cody Bernstein to tie the score. With less than one minute to go, Pearland added two points when College Park was preparing to punt and the ball was snapped over the kicker’s head. An alert Pearland Oilers’ rush recovered the ball in the end zone for the two points. With six seconds to go in the first period, Bernstein booted a 34-yard field goal to make the score 12-7 in favor of Pearland after 12 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, both teams moved the ball, but with little success until College Park mounted a long drive that resulted in a one-yard quarterback keeper by junior Jordan Turnquest. Opting to go for the two-point conversion, the Cavaliers fell short as the result of a determine Oiler goal line stand to close out the scoring at halftime.
After coming out for the second half, Pearland hit the accelerator and never looked back. Senior wide receiver A.J. Sanders took the ball and rushed 77 yards for a touchdown. Along with the Bernstein extra point, Pearland goes up 19-13 with just over nine minutes left in the quarter. College Park was not ready to give up when senior running back A.J. Sanders carries the ball 17 yards for the score. Collins kicked for the extra point to put the Cavaliers back on top 20-19. At that point, Pearland unleashed the dog and scored 23 unanswered points to secure the win.
Junior running back Davier Pinkston rushed 76 yards for another touchdown. Pearland decided to go for the two-point conversion and failed to make the score 25-20 with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter. With less than one minute to go in the quarter, the Oilers struck again on a seven yard run by running back Chase Foster. Pearland again tried for two points, and failed to make the score 31-20.
The Oilers scored twice in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Bernstein and a passing touchdown from Whitehead to running back Jake Orlando. The touchdown, along with the Bernstein extra point took the score to 41-20 with less than one minute to play.
The Oilers will next face Houston Memorial on Friday, September 4, 2015 on the road before returning home to play Pasadena Dobie on September 11, 2015. College Park will play Aldine Eisenhower on September 5, 2015.