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Pinole Valley comes alive in 24-12 win

Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

The two offenses started hot in the first quarter, and then it took until the second half for Pinole Valley to pull away in this game. In a 24-12 victory, Pinole Valley made defensive stops in the first half, and then the offense came alive in the second half, putting up 17 points to pull away and come away with the victory. 

On the first two drives, both Saint Mary’s and Pinole Valley looked like they were going to go up and down the field all day long. Tony Freeman, who had a big day, caught a touchdown from 10 yards out to put Pinole Valley on the board first and take a 7-0 lead. This was one of many big plays that Freeman had all day long. 

Saint Mary’s responded quickly to Freeman’s touchdown, however. Kyle Goree, who also had a good day, ran in Saint Mary’s first touchdown of the day, but a missed extra point kept the score at 7-6 with Pinole Valley in the lead. 

Offenses from this point forward struggled to get anything going, as both defenses stepped up and made big plays. A couple of fumbles on back-to-back drives were forced, and the Saint Mary’s defense put their offense in amazing positions throughout the whole first half. But many missed opportunities and big defensive stands by Pinole Valley, including an interception by James Gordon, kept the score at 7-6 going into halftime. 

Coming out of the half, Pinole Valley made the adjustments offensively, as it came out moving the ball. A drive that stalled in the end zone by some big defensive plays by the Saint Mary’s squad made Pinole Valley kick the field goal. This made the score 10-6, and Saint Mary’s still could not get the offense going. Later in the third quarter, Devon Gordon found Maurice Savage for a 24-yard touchdown, which would put Pinole Valley up 17-6. 

The aforementioned Freeman decided to blow this game wide open with about seven minutes to go. A 38-yard touchdown run would put Pinole Valley up 24-7 and essentially put this one away. 

Saint Mary’s didn’t go down without a fight, though, as quarterback Bennett Ronay connected with his talented receiver Julian Womack for a late touchdown that made the score 24-12. This would be the final chance it had, though, as the onside kick did not go 10 yards and Pinole Valley took possession. Pinole Valley ran the time out and won this game 24-12. 

Ultimately, the second half adjustments and big time defensive stands in the first half won this game for Pinole Valley. 

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Box Score: 

Saint Mary’s 

Rushing: Kyle Goree: 18 carries, 73 yards, TD. Bennett Ronay: 4 carries, 15 yards.

Passing: Bennett Ronay: 196 yards, TD.

Receiving: Kyle Goree: 1 catch, 8 yards. Julian Womack: 3 catches, 101 yards, TD. Austin Rogol: 2 catches, 51 yards. Raymond Valero: 2 catches, 25 yards.

Pinole Valley

Rushing: Tony Freeman: 5 carries, 94 yards. Devon Gordon: 11 carries, 13 yards. Mario Acosta: 8 carries, 25 yards.

Passing: Devon Gordon: 217 yards, 2 TD.

Receiving: Tony Freeman: 3 catches, 38 yards, TD. Keyonn Martin: 4 catches, 43 yards. Horacio Perez: 1 catch, 14 yards. Maurice Savage: 5 catches, 91 yards, TD. Trevor Johnson: 1 catch, 37 yards.

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