By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
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.