Pinecrest forced three turnovers, held Durham Riverside to 166 yards of total offense and notched its second-straight football shutout Friday.
On a hot night with temperatures near the century mark at game time, Pinecrest played it cool on both sides of the ball in the 35-0 road win. The Patriots offense struggled early but ground and pounded its way to a 269-yard night with a balanced scoring attack that included a pair of passing and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Quarterback Nik Pry completed 8 of 12 passes for 119 yards and he connected with receiver Chris Owens for scores from 40 and 20 yards. Running back Jeramiah Anderson had a 5-yard touchdown run and Maylik Justice had a 23-yard rushing score.
Stephen Graham's 80-yard pick six in the final seconds of the third quarter was highlight reel material, as was the second-half onside kick by Riverside (1-1) that ricocheted off the helmet of a Pinecrest player and back into the hands of Pirate kicker Tre Fitzpatrick.
Pinecrest improves to 2-0 and visits Weddington (1-1) next week. The Warrors beat Forest Hills 56-0 Friday.