PITTSBURG -- It wasn't the prettiest opening effort, but the Pittsburg High football team will surely take Friday's 40-27 nonleague win over visiting Clayton Valley Charter.
Jamal Lockett played the star, rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns. It was his kick return ability that set the tone though, as Lockett broke the opening kickoff 98 yards to start the game with a touchdown.
Pittsburg couldn't gain the upper hand until the third quarter because Clayton Valley was more than up to the task in new coach Tim Murphy's debut with the Eagles.
To that end, running back Joe Protheroe delivered a huge effort. Despite having to come off in the third quarter with an injured right leg. He returned though, and finished with 201 yards in 20 carries.
The Pirates did their share of helping the Eagles, committing 16 penalties for 130 yards. Several of those kept Clayton Valley drives alive, and the Eagles capitalized with a physical brand of football that yielded a good effort.
"A win is a win, and I'll take it. I'm very happy we got a win, and it's a good start," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli said. "My hat's off to Clayton Valley because they came in and played hard tonight.
"They're going to be a powerful team this year. If they're not, I'll be surprised."
Pittsburg plays at California next Friday in a game between two North Coast Section Division I powers.
Clayton Valley has a bye week before it plays at Montgomery-Santa Rosa on Sept. 7 in a game between two Division II schools. Clayton Valley went 4-1 in nonleague games last season.