PITTSBURG -- It wasn't the prettiest win in the world, but the Pittsburg High football team will take it.
Craijon Menefee ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns as the Pirates beat visiting Liberty 29-8 in Bay Valley Athletic League play Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter, Menefee capped off a seven-play, 59-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give Pittsburg (4-2, 1-0 BVAL) the lead with 11:04 left in the second quarter.
Cameron Heath blocked a Liberty punt on the next possession, which gave the Pirates the ball on the Lions' 13 yard line. Following a penalty, Jamal Lockett broke several tackles on a run down the right sideline, finding the end zone on a 23-yard touchdown. His score and two-point conversion run gave Pittsburg a 15-0 lead.
Pittsburg was plagued by what coach Victor Galli described as "some bonehead mistakes and penalties" throughout the game. One of those came late in the second quarter.
Following an offensive pass interference call, Pittsburg would have an errant shotgun snap from its own 13 yard line. The Pirates fell on the loose ball, but in the end zone for a Liberty safety.
"I think we were caught looking ahead," Galli said, referencing a big game coming up in two weeks against Freedom. "It was a ugly game, but it was good to start league with a win."
Pittsburg's defense would bounce back from the safety, forcing Liberty to punt. With the ball at midfield, Pirates quarterback Lorenzo Renteria hit Heath with a quick pass. Heath broke a tackle and sprinted down the left sideline for the touchdown, as Pittsburg opened up a 22-2 lead at halftime.
The lone touchdown for Liberty (2-4, 0-1) came midway through the fourth quarter on a 8-yard run by quarterback Ivan Oseguera on a bootleg run.