By taking care of business in Saturday's 91st Big Little Game against rival Antioch, the Pittsburg High football team stamped itself ready for the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

As far as the Pirates are concerned, the season starts now.

Breon Butler ran for three touchdowns, and the host Pirates cruised to a 35-14 Bay Valley Athletic League win over the Panthers in front of a packed Pirate Stadium.

Pittsburg (6-4, 4-1 BVAL) rolled to a 21-0 halftime lead, thanks to two touchdowns by Butler and one by Julius Mozee. The Pirates weren't necessarily sharp, but they didn't have to be as Antioch (4-6, 2-3) drew several untimely penalties and continuously gave Pittsburg a short field.

"We dug a hole for ourselves," Antioch coach Randy Autentico said. "We had turnovers and penalties in the first quarter, and we ended up getting behind early and in a game like this, you can't do that."

Antioch finally hit the scoreboard in the second half, as Billy Cloninger found Jordan Hoyle for a 10-yard touchdown and later connected with Shamawn Wright for a 72-yard score.

Butler added a 20-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Robert Jiles punctuated the win for Pittsburg, returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"It was kind of ugly, but hopefully we're getting healthy and we've got new life," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli said.


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Pittsburg will find out today at the seeding meeting where it lands in the Division I playoffs. After losing three of their first four games, the Pirates ended the season by winning five of their last six.

"We went through a lot of ups and downs during the season, and we battled back. We had a couple close losses, and we could really be 8-2 right now," Pittsburg defensive back Tracy Clark said. "We're just happy to be in the tournament. Now it's a totally different season."