PITTSBURG — Visiting Mill Valley delivered Pittsburg their first loss of the season, 35-13 on Friday. Pittsburg is now 5-1 on the season.
“Credit to Mill Valley, they’re a really good team.” said coach Tom Nickelson. “We’re a really good team as well, but we had a few long drives that we didn’t finish with points. Our defense made their offense earn every yard, and our offense moved the ball well, we just couldn’t punch it into the end zone.”
“It sucks to lose, but there are a lot of positives and negatives to work on. As a team we will sit down and watch film, and find ways to improve before next week.” said Nickelson.
On the opening drive, Mill Valley intercepted a pass from Pittsburg quarterback Ty Roark to gain the ball early in the quarter.
Jaguar quarterback Jordan Preston dived in for a touchdown from two-yards out to give Mill Valley a 7-0 lead midway into the first quarter.
Mill Valley regained possession after stopping the Purple Dragons, and on that drive Preston showed his playmaking ability on a third down, spinning around a would-be sack and finding Logan Talley on the sideline for a 33-yard touchdown reception.
Prestons punctuated the drive with a rushing touchdown in the redzone to extend the Jaguar lead.
Roark and the Purple Dragons would respond on the next drive, sparked by 33-yard pass to Trenton Austin.
On fourth and goal later in the drive, Dylan Jordan bounced to the outside for a touchdown.
Pittsburg missed the extra point, cutting the lead to 14-6.
Pittsburg’s Trenton Austin continued the Purple Dragon momentum, meeting Cameron Young in the backfield for a big tackle-for-a-loss on first down, sparking the Purple Dragons to a three-and-out.
On the next drive, Ty Roark got hit as he threw the ball, and Mill Valley’s Chase Shryock intercepted the pass and returned it 53-yards for a pick-six, pushing the lead to 21-6 going into the half.
Mill Valley’s Tyler Green scored on the opening Jaguar drive in the second half.
Roark responded on the next drive, finding Jerek Butcher open down the middle of the field for a 35-yard reception.
However, a missed communication between Roark and wide receiver Brett Wiemers led to a interception in the red zone.
After Pittsburg was called for roughing the kicker and pass interference calls on the opening drive of the fourth quarter, Purple Dragon Joel Kafka batted a pass up in the air and Talley came away with the ball for a touchdown to further extended the deficit.
In the closing minutes of the game, Dylan White picked off a Preston pass for a touchdown to cut the lead to 35-13.