Thursday Final: Pioneer holds on for second consecutive win


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

 (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

(Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)


CERRITOS >> It might have been closer than expected, but all the Pioneer High School football team cares about is that the Titans have won for the second consecutive week.
Phillip Hernandez accounted for 165 yards and three touchdowns and Pioneer stopped Cerritos twice in the final three minutes to lead the Titans to a 30-28 victory over Cerritos on Thursday in a nonleague game at Gahr High School.
Pioneer, also getting 51 yards receiving and two touchdowns from Ray Flores and 51 yards rushing and a score from Jakob Williams improved to 2-2.
Kijon Washington rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns for the Dons, who slipped to 0-3.
Pioneer looked to be in good shape late in the third quarter when Williams scored on a 5-yard run for a 30-20 lead.
But Cerritos, which had battled back all night, countered with a 6-yard run by Washingto to make it 30-28 with 8:15 left in the game.
Pioneer, after giving up the ball, then stopped the Dons on fourth and four from Cerritos’ 48 with 2:55 left. The Dons got the ball back with just over two minutes to play, but with its double-wing offense could only march to midfield before the clock ran out.

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  • Bob Miller

    Come on Steve, How is Pioneer moving in the right direction? They lost to the worst team in the Freeway league, Sunny Hills. Sunny Hills I know is 3-0 but the teams they have played only have 1 win combined. How good is Rancho Alamitos? Willig has been all talk, Pioneer is still crappy and has not changed for 20 years.

    • The truth and nothing but…

      Come on Bob, take it easy. It isn’t easy to change the culture at a school like Pioneer. The fact that they are 2-2 four games into the season is a good indication the team is moving in the right direction.

    • Steve Ramirez

      This is still high school sports..so you’re not going to see me rip anyone on here. Not the place for these kids, and coaches. Winning 2 consecutive games is big for the kids at Pioneer.

    • Guest

      Miller, you can eat s$*t!! Any win a team earns is a positive thing for that school. I’d like to hear what pos high school spit you out?

  • FFAn

    Coach willig should be at SP

    • The truth and nothing but…

      I believe that ship sailed when they hired Pete Gonzalez.

      • Once a Sworsman…

        Coach Willig was ab assistant coach for Coach Ancich after Pete Gonzales was let go by the school. The two have nothing to do with the other.

    • once a Swordsman…

      We like the coach we have.

  • t undra

    J. Williams…
    SP’s loss, PHS’s gain.