Yeah, Pitt’s defense really did a number on Green. Pitt had an early 14-0 lead, then Sanchez made some adjustments and Cal outscored Pitt 7-3 in the second half. Cal passed the ball pretty well, as it was one of Stompro’s better games, but Pitt came out fired up and focussed on stopping the run. I believe Pitt had not scored less than 28 or so all year, as Cal’s defense after about the halfway through the second quarter shut down the Pitt offense as well. A good defensive battle for both teams, but Pitt deserved to win. SRV has no run game to stop next week, so they’ll need to adjust their defensive game plan to stop or at least limit Southwick.
we all know who shut down Pittsburgs offense.. PENALTIES, and no i’m not shifting blame to the refs, they were pretty bad on the discipline side of things. how do you ever have a 1st and 47 lol. not to mention the P.I (legit call) on 3rd down that led to Cal’s touchdown..
too predictable?? i think they drove down and scored twice? not to mention out gainig cal by 100 yards. Galli did enough to win the game, and actually didn’t show much of the offense.. He went with what was working and evidently it did, seeing the outcome of the game..
They outgained Cal despite the play calling, not because of it. They’re lucky none of those quick side routes to the receivers weren’t taken back for a pick-6. Pitt would have won this game by 20 with good coaching and without stupid penalties.
Turned out to be the type of game I was expecting, anyone who thought there was going to be 50+ points was nuts.
Pitt is in good shape for a state bowl berth now. If they beat SRV AND DLS too, I think the Pirates edge out Bellarmine. If Valley Christian can beat Bellarmine in the finals, then Pitt would really be in good shape.
The big problem I had with the Pitt coaching tonight was how the first half ended. Why not just run the ball and end the half instead of throwing it downfield and giving Cal another chance to score? Turns out they got the safety after that and could have scored again after the free kick.
but if u shanked your field goal attempt from lets say 75 yards out, that would be a nice gift to the offense..
nonethe less pittsburg still handed Cal its worst defeat of the season.. as well as cal limiting pittsburg to less than half their season average..
Kyle, you gotta see how Pitt plays this year. It’ll serve you well if you’ll be around in the SRV game at Pitt next Saturday. Pitt plays like DLS so I wouldn’t be surprised if Pitt blows out SRV like DLS did in the regular season.
By the way, BANG reporters were 75% inaccurate in their predictions for the MV-SRV and Pitt-Cal game. Sounds like Calpreps had better accuracy.
Sorry PHS04 but I was at the Pitt/Cal game last night and the game was actually one play or one throw away from going either way.
3rd quarter 14-9 Pitt. Pitt losing composure just threw easy pick and Cal ball on Pitt 30 yard line. Patterson man on man with Cal’s best receiver Zwarg who just 2 plays before went deep for six points make a nice double move to the inside and fortunately for Pitt ball is a little high and outside or else Zwarg walks in for six more and the lead and any maybe the game. To Pitts credit they did stiffen after that play and contain Cal but I’m sure that is a pass Stompro would like to have back. Congrats to Pitt however they play great with a ton of emotion. Their defense attacks and runs to the ball like none I have seen this year as well as hits like freight trains. Their running backa also run hard every play very impressive. That being said it looked like many of those penalties were justified and if you don’t improve your pass rush this next week Southwick might make that ONE throw that will beat you. Good Luck however and your coaches had a lot of class and respect for Cal players after the game which was great to see. Cal’s team and especially their defense played their heart out to stay in the game.
I know exactly wat play your are talking about. They went up top to Zwarg as Patterson had him in coverage 1on1. They went to there big play guy and he couldent deliver. It wasent the most perfect ball in the world, but it hit both hands, so Zwarg could have and should have come down with it. As for the Pitt pass rush, expect Pitt to definatly find a way to get in Southwicks face. And expect the DB’s to have a much better game. They know that this week the ball is going to be in the air.
Funny how people say that Cal losing by 8 to Pitt wasn’t really that close, even though they were down by just 5 midway through the 4th quarter and were 35 yards away from a chance to tie it on the last possession. Just like the DLS wasn’t as close as the 21-14 score indicated even though the game was tied with 4 minutes left. Cal’s defense is bend but don’t break and is a lot better than most people want to give them credit for, even when they just get through watching them. Aside from Green, the Cal defense is what kept them in every game this season. Pitt’s defense was even better last night, but that doesn’t take away from the great job Cal’s defense did alll season.
A lot of people say the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated, due to the fact that pittsburg killed another promising drive with over 35 yards in penalties, not to metion the gimme safety play by the pittsburg DB.. What’s funny is the fact that stompro threw for a whopping 139 yard on 10-21 passing with 2 picks, but pittsburgs pass coverage needs to step up.. Yea the DBs were beat on a couple occasions but then again on a couple occasions the ball also should have been picked off
My point was that although I felt Pittsburgh did play better and deserved to win, that one or two plays a little different and it could have swung over to Cal. The play in question I actually felt that Sanchez had the perfect play call and Pittsburgh’s defense was not prepared as they had no safety help at all. I realize that Patterson is the top DB in the area but it is hard for anyone to play man on man over most of the field. I think Pittsburgh was a little more lucky than good on that play thats all. Overall they were excellent and deserved the win!!
Kyle…I thought you knew football…your comment about the rule on how far out you can kick is disappointing. The other team can return the kick as its a live ball…that’s the downside (see 49ers v. Bears last season, same rule applies in HS). That’s why Pitt had a guy back deep. The other reason guys don’t do it is a bad snap or blocked kick on the other side of the field could really hurt your team. Good call by Sanchez, one of the few in the game (if he punts, he nets maybe 10 yards more)….unlike the spike and waste of a down near the end of the game which cost his team a shot with plenty of time left. Terrible clock management. Also, if Leroy could make a cut and run outside, he might have done something…straight ahead running obviously didn’t work on Pitt. Sanchez says he’s not being recruited, no wonder, he has no lateral ability. Overall, Pitt was the better team and even with the Pitt shortcomings the game was not as close as 8 points. 9 out of 10 times, Pitt wins that game.
We’ll see how good Patterson is this week. My bet is he can’t cover Peterson and will get torched. If he needs help on Peterson, Gruendl will hurt them. He needed help on Zwarg who still got his 7 and 100. Pitt’s overaggressive play early will hurt them v. SRV. Southwick is the real deal. BY FAR the best ability and technical skills of any QB in this area. Mannion can’t even throw the long out in warmups. Nottingham can’t handle the pressure. Wayne is good but a weak arm on long ball. Slow release on the Freedom kid.
Pitthigh…sorry , you guys don’t even play close to DeLaSalle. I’ve never seen a deLa player intercept and touch for a safety, 5 personal fouls (one on the coach for touching a Cal kid and the one on the punter was bonehead), a false start all within 12 minutes of play. Also, Pitt’s lack of conditioning showed when Flowers kept laying on the ground and when the energy level was 1/2 of what it was in the first quarter. When these guys are down to SRV and can’t defense the spread O, let’s see if they go in the tank.
Flowers kept getting hurt
And Swarg scored on Clark not Patterson.
Pittsburg will have trouble with SRV’s spread but then again isn’t SRV’s run defense a bit suspect.. I think its easier to defend 1 dimension of an offense than to have to worry about a balanced attack.. At least you expect whats coming
Why is it that so many Cal followers (and some reporters) comment on how close their losses to good teams are? A good team wins those games and doesn’t “barely” lose. And a 7-5 record is still 5 losses, no matter how close they were and who they were playing.
Zwarg’s TD was not on Patterson…correct. The other 6 catches were.
Pitt will run on SRV, without a doubt ! But MV tried and both starting backs didn’t return after Q1. Great running backs at Pitt…I mentioned that in an earlier blog. Flowers is soft though…Dargan is a player. But that’s your one dimension…the Pitt QB is very weak and can’t go downfield with any accuracy (beyond 15 yards the ball is up for grabs). IF your QB was more solid and players more disciplined, you guys would be unstoppable. Pitt will quick pass to Wideouts with some success. SRV will pass on Pitt…no doubt here either. We’ll see how the DB’s handle it…SL tried press coverage…didn’t work. MV tried zone and went to press…neither worked. If you guys man up, you are in trouble. If you go zone, Southwick runs. You will see the best HS QB play hands down from Southwick. He has only been stopped once…but in the DeLa game the receivers dropped a ton of balls. SR is peaking. This will be a great matchup.
You must be watching some other game. Zwarg maybe caught one or two balls on Patterson. Patterson only manned up on Zwarg a few times throughout the game. Pitt played more zone than man and tried hard to mix up their coverages.
I wouldn’t go that far to say Flowers is soft.. not like he had to be carted off or refused to go back in the game. The Pittsburg pass game isn’t all that bad Lewis hasn’t thrown many picks(6) and has 21 td passes to show for it. SRV is good nothing is being taken away from them, but i seriously doubt Southwick will want to run often and risk taking the hit that Stompro did..
Lol…EBAL Follower, meaning you have seen maybe 2 Pitt games(MV and Cal). You sound riculous, if you think Bryce Flowers is soft, your blind. If you think this team is out of shape, your stupid. And if you think SRV is unstoppalbe, we’ll prove you wrong. I have no doubt that this is the best QB in the area, but Pitt will find a way. And i hope he doesent plan on pulling the ball down and running, because there some guys on that “D” that will punish him for his stupidity. Sounds like alot of the same crap i was hearing leading up to the Cal game. U go ahead and stay on the EBAL’s nuts, sit back and enjoy what Pitt will do. 1 down and 2 to go in this EBAL gauntlet. Lets see what happens.
SR deserves a ton of credit for beating MV twice regardless of how MV helped them do it but if Foothill can beat SR and get up by 21 points, then Pitt surely can. Foothill is not big physically at all and they had success running against SR. They will be in a world of hurt against DLS again as a result of their lack of size up front. Thats why CAl was the only team that could give DLS a game this year in EBAL play, their size. Southwick is legit and he is fast Pitt Fans, Stompero is not even close. SR will scheme and get guys open, so man this or zone that, they will have guys open. You have to get pressure on Southwick and keep him in the pocket, if you don’t, he keeps plays alive and he will run and hurt you. You try laying the woood on him and he will make guys miss. Breakdown and tackle him. Should be a great game, I hope SR wins and their shot may be to do what you guys did to Cal, load up for the run and dare Pitt to pass.