By Hayden Klinkhamer | Staff WriterOn Friday, Sept. 12, the varsity football team played the McKinney North Bulldogs at McKinney North football stadium. The team lost 54-16.
Pearce’s first offensive play was a 49-yard pass from junior Hank Hughes to junior Jake Griffin. After that it was all an uphill battle for the Pearce offense. They would go on to have five turnovers, with four of those being in the first half.
McKinney North running back Ronald Jones, who is committed to playing college football at Oklahoma State, would go on to run for 270 yards and four touchdowns. He was countered by the Pearce rushing attack led by Hank Hughes, who ran for 83 yards, followed by sophomore Otis Blanton who ran for 44 yards.
“Our defense looked sloppy, and we couldn’t keep control of the ball on offense, especially in the first half,” senior Freddy Contreras said. “You are never going to win a game when you miss tackles and turn the ball over.”
“We played bad,” senior Rob Khune said. “But we have two weeks to get ready for Richardson, and we will be ready.”
The varsity team plays Richardson on Friday, Sept. 26, at Eagle-Mustang stadium.
“If we play like we did last week, then it won’t be good,” senior Josh Ochoa said. “But if we are able to move the ball and finish drives without turning it over, then we will beat Richardson.”
Although the varsity team was blown out 54-16, the offense was still able to muster up a strong performance with 384 yards in the loss.