Tur­lock rolls over Pit­man to take Har­vest Bowl tro­phy

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY JU­LIAN A. LOPEZ jalopez@mod­bee.com

Tur­lock High se­nior wide re­ceiver Cam­eran Sher­wood brought the Har­vest Bowl tro­phy to the Bull­dog stu­dent sec­tion as the clock struck zero and the cel­e­bra­tion was on af­ter the Bull­dogs shut out Pit­man 33-0 at Joe De­bely Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

The fifth straight vic­tory for Tur­lock ( 7-3, 5-0) in the heated ri­valry gave the Bull­dogs the first-ever Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Ath­letic League ti­tle. It also ended a bid by Pit­man (9-1, 4-1) for an un­beaten reg­u­lar sea­son.

It also was the team’s first shutout of the sea­son and its most com­plete game.

“We have been striv­ing for that (shutout) be­cause they (the de­fense) work their butts off and they don’t al­ways get credit,” Bull­dogs coach James Peter­son said. “They all work as a unit.”

Pit­man en­tered Fri­day hav­ing scored more than 30 points in seven of its nine games. The Bull­dogs kept Pit­man out of the Red Zone.

“This game was the game we ex­e­cuted to per­fec­tion,” Tur­lock ju­nior line­backer Jay­den Jack­son said. “All year we wanted to get that goose egg and to fi­nally get it against Pit­man, it means the world.” Led by 81⁄ tack­les and a tack

2 le for loss by Jack­son, the Bull­dogs al­lowed only 157 to­tal yards and held the Pride’s pow­er­ful Wing-T run­ning of­fense to 3.3 yards per carry.

“That’s the great team we want to be,” Jack­son said. “Ev­ery­body gets to the ball and that’s why we are so dom­i­nant.”

With the de­fense feast­ing all night, the of­fense, led by the strong con­nec­tion of Sher­wood and se­nior quar­ter­back Jonah Kosakiewicz, took ad­van­tage of good field po­si­tion and con­verted on a cou­ple big third- and fourth-down plays.

With a lit­tle over five min­utes left in the first quar­ter and with a third-and-6, Kosakiewicz es­caped the pres­sure and scram­bled to his left and con­nected with Sher­wood, who ran down the side­line for 68 yards and the touch­down.

“It was ac­tu­ally a de­signed play to go the other way and Jonah scram­bled out and kept his feet mov­ing and eyes down the field and I was work­ing that way on the field and he made a good throw,” Sher­wood said.

“The de­fen­sive back made a good play on it. I thought he might have picked it off but it landed in my hands and I turned up­field. “

Af­ter a Kosakiewicz 12-yard touch­down run put the Bull­dogs up 14-0, Peter­son rolled the dice and went for it on fourth down. The gam­ble paid off. Kosakiewicz scram­bled to the right side this time and fired a throw in be­tween a cou­ple of Pit­man de­fend­ers and into Sher­wood’s hands.

“There are just plays where he knows if stuff goes wrong, he can look down the field and find me and I think that re­ally showed tonight,“Sher­wood said.

Sher­wood fin­ished the night with four re­cep­tions for 131 yards and two touch­downs.

“They call him ‘Sure- hands’ Sher­wood for a rea­son,” Peter­son said. “He is not the big­gest guy or the tallest guy or even the fastest guy but he runs good routes and he se­cures the foot­ball for our quar­ter­back.”

Tur­lock ju­nior run­ning back An­thony Frias had the other touch­down for the Bull­dogs, a 55-yard run with 6:18 left in the game. Se­nior kicker Chris­tian Gard­ner made two field goals, in­clud­ing a 43-yarder at the end of the first half to give Tur­lock a 24-0 lead.

ANDY ALFARO aal­faro@mod­bee.com

Tur­lock’s Cam­eran Sher­wood runs for a touch­down af­ter a re­cep­tion dur­ing a blowout Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Ath­letic League vic­tory over Pit­man at Tur­lock High School on Fri­day. The Bull­dogs won 33-0.

ANDY ALFARO aal­faro@mod­bee.com

Tur­lock’s Miguel Pea makes a catch as Pit­man’s Mar­cus Garza de­fends Fri­day night in a 33-0 tri­umph..

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