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September 7, 2013In a matchup of two top tier North Coast Section teams, California and Pittsburg was a thriller at Los Medanos College. The game was tight the whole way; it was anyone's game for the taking near the end. Running back Harris Ross led the Pirates to a 35-33 win over the Grizzlies with a staggering four rushing touchdowns. Pittsburg must now prepare for yet another strong NCS team in the Monte Vista Mustangs, who they will play next Friday.
The Pirates relied heavily on Ross, who was handed the ball on nearly every play on offense. He did however get some help from senior running back DeVonte Tarrance who broke off a huge 47 yard touchdown run.
Cal quarterback Cameron Owen kept the Grizzlies in this game and even gave his team a 14-7 lead at half time. Owen delivered a 24 yard touchdown strike in the first quarter and a beautiful 33 yard touchdown pass as time expired going into halftime, giving California a 14-7 lead. The Grizzlies were later stopped short on a two point conversion that would have tied the game at 35. With a failed onside kick attempt, the Pirates took a knee to win a nail biter.
Cameron Owen 5-foot-11, 184 pounds QB California (2014): This non-committed senior quarterback can sling the ball to all parts of the field with the best of them. Owen's precision passing was definitely there tonight, as he was fitting the ball into tight pockets, as well as completing the big plays down the field. With a beautiful touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone in the 1st quarter, a 33 yard touchdown pass as time expired in the 1st half, and a touchdown pass that he added in the 2nd half, Owen was doing all he could to lead the Grizzlies to victory. If California's quarterback continues to step up and deliver for his team, look for some offers to come the seniors way this year.
David Lui 6-foot-3, 245 pounds OL/DE Pittsburg (2015): Lui has drawn interest from the likes of Cal Poly, California, Sacramento State, and UC Davis. With the Cal line coach in attendance, Lui did his part on both offense and defense. Preventing California from running the ball was a challenge for Pittsburg and Lui helped to slow it down. Only a junior, he is drawing college interest from some pretty well known schools and should be able to play at the next level. If he continues to get better for the Pirates over these next two years, you could definitely see Lui playing on Saturdays.
Tyler Whisenhunt 6-foot-4, 280 pounds OG California (2015): With nine Division I colleges interested in Whisenhunt, he could have a tough decision to make. As the Cal line coach was overheard talking about Whisenhunt's skill, it was not clear if he viewed him as a potential Bear, but he was definitely excited. The big man up front did his part last night, freeing running backs Blake Bierwith and Simi Hingano for big runs. As the great run and pass blocker gets close to senior year, he will likely have some offers to choose from.
Harris Ross 5-foot-11, 194 pounds RB Pittsburg (2014): Holding offers from Eastern Washington and Sacramento State and interest from a total of 10 schools, Ross exploded against the Grizzlies. The two star running back scored four touchdowns in the win, and was clearly the best player on the field. He is great at fighting for extra yards, however an area of his game that he could work on is vision. If Ross can read the open lanes and break the big runs, expect even more offers to be thrown his way.
"I'm speechless right now," said Ross. "That was a great team win, our defense stepped up huge on the two point conversion stand. We're just going to prepare harder for Monte Vista next week and keep it rolling."