Big Pine’s football team endured a third-quarter comeback attempt by Hesperia Christian Saturday to win 56-26.
The Warriors took a big lead early using their no-huddle spread attack.
Big Pine’s first score of the game came when Isaiah Bacoch hit Jesse Chirrick for a touchdown.
Soon after Chirrick’s score, Tyler Amisone’s interception led to another touchdown for the Warriors, who took a 13-0 first-quarter lead.
In the second quarter Big Pine drove deep into the Patriots’ territory and converted a fourth down into a touchdown after Bacoch hit lineman Coltan Carrington for 22-yard touchdown.
Hesperia Christian got on the board after a Patriot dove into the end zone for a touchdown.
Big Pine added to its half-time lead, when Nick Santiago ran in a 54-yard touchdown and then returned a punt 52 yards for another touchdown.
“Anytime he touches the ball he’s a definite threat to score,” Big Pine head coach Mark Tillemans said of Santiago.
The Warriors took a 32-7 lead at the half.
Hesperia Christian opened the half by scoring a 40-yard touchdown. Then the Patriots continued to cut into the Warriors’ lead, running in a 65-yard touchdown. Big Pine stopped the 2-point conversion try.
The Warriors answered back as Santiago ran the ball to just outside the Patriots’ end zone before being brought down.
Bacoch tried to dive in for a touchdown but was stopped. He gave the ball to Suma Davis who reached the end zone.
The Warriors took a 19-point lead going into the final quarter.
But the Patriots did not back down as they scored at the start of the fourth quarter.
The score cut the Warriors’ lead to 39-26.
Big Pine quickly put the game out of reach as freshman David Barlow used one of his three carries of the game to score an 65-yard touchdown. Bacoch completed the play by finding Chirrick on the 2-point conversion.
“It’s not often you have freshman contribute like that,” Tillemans said of Barlow.
On the Patriots’ next possession the Warriors stopped them on downs and got the ball back near the 40-yard line. Bacoch found Davis for the Warriors’ final touchdown of the game.
Bacoch scored the final point for the Warriors with a field goal.
Tillemans was pleased with how his squad played and their hitting.
“What I’m most happy about is the hitting,” Tillemans said. “This is the hardest-hitting team I’ve been around.”
Helping to deliver some of those hits was Ryan Carrington from the secondary position.
The 3-0 Warriors will be in action again when they travel to Ribet Academy Friday.