PITTSBURG -- A 52-yard touchdown by Crajon Menefee on a fake punt play early in the game gave Pittsburg an early lift, as the Pirates shut out Berkeley at home 31-0 Friday.

Just five minutes into the game, Menefee took the direct snap and burst up through middle of the field and eventually cut down the left sideline for the score, giving Pittsburg (2-2) a 6-0 lead.

Pittsburg head coach Victor Galli said his special teams coach "gave me the look" that the play would be successful.

"I think that really helped us establish momentum," he said.

Berkeley (0-3) would try a fake punt of its own on the next drive at its own 42 yard line, but the Pirates snuffed it out.

From there, the Pirates would continue to grind out the game on the ground. Menefee and running back Jamal Lockett churned out 182 first-half rushing yards, as Pittsburg built a 17-0 lead going into halftime.

"We had planned going in to establish both our passing game, but stuck with what was working for us. Whatever trick we had, maybe we'll save them for next week," Galli said.

Lockett led Pittsburg with 134 yards rushing. He also scored two touchdowns, a 36-yarder with 1:25 left in the first half and a 9-yard score in the third.

Pittsburg kicker Antonio Saldana added a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter.

John Adams led the Yellowjackets offense with 64 yards rushing.

Pittsburg 31, Berkeley 0


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Pittsburg          6          11          7          7--          31

Berkeley          0          0          0          0--          0

P -- Menefee 52 run (pass failed)

P -- Saldana 47 FG

P -- Lockett 36 run (Lockett run)

P -- Lockett 9 run (Iniguez kick)

P -- Murphy 21 run (Iniguez kick)

Rushing: P -- Lockett 19-134, Menefee 7-80, Ross 6-63, Tarrance 1-27, Ferman 4-22, Murphy 1-21, Ozuna 3-19. Totals 41-366. B -- Adams 6-64, Hariston 5-49, Stewart 6-11, Walker 1-(-1), Smith 8-(-44). Totals 26-79. Passing: P -- Ozuna 1-2-0 7, Renteria 1-1-0 5, Salas 0-1-0-0. Totals 2-4-0 70. B -- Smith 14-21-0 116. Receiving: P -- Menefee 1-7, Alexander 1-5. B -- Nelson 3-41, Stewart 2-23, Hariston 3-21, Teague 2-11, Walker 2-10, Dennis 1-6, Vincent 1-4. Fumbles/lost: Pittsburg 2-1. Berkeley 3-2. Records: Pittsburg 2-2. Berkeley 0-3.