Pittsburg falls to Folsom in NorCal showdown

Pittsburg could not play its long-awaited season opener against Serra last week due to poor air quality from wildfires.

Would playing that night have made a difference on Saturday away against the powerhouse Folsom?

Pittsburg went toe-to-toe with the Sac-Joaquin Section juggernaut in a half Saturday night, but faded over the final two quarters, losing 38-17.

Tyler Tremain threw three touchdown passes in the first half and two more in the second as Folsom improved to 3-0.

The Bulldogs opened their season two weeks ago with a 56-14 sticking of the Monterey Trail.

On Monday, they led the Jesuits by Carmichael 56-7.


Pittsburg had not faced an opponent since De La Salle scrummed on August 20th.

As usual, Folsom is a star-studded team that offers great challenges in any case. But for Pittsburg, the task of traveling two hours to the Sacramento area for a season-opening match against an opponent already in Week 3 was particularly daunting.

Still, the Pirates, who are only placed behind De La Salle and Serra in the Bay Area News Groups Top 25, were just 7-7 and 14-14 and trailing 17-14 at the break.

A field goal extended Folsom’s advantage to 24-17 in the third quarter, and then Tremain followed with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Wolfe for a 31-17 cushion.

The quarterback closed the scoring with a 9-yard TD pass to Walker Lyons.

Charles Brown scored both of Pittsburg’s touchdowns, a 3-yard run that made it 7-7 and a 22-yard run that equalized 14-14 in the second quarter.

Pittsburg plays host to the undefeated and fifth-placed Valley Christian on Friday.

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