The Jason Tubbs era started out with a bang as Stratford overwhelmed visiting Pittsville 47-16.
Tubbs is taking over for longtime coach Cal Tackes and had his team ready as they ran out to a 40-0 start.
“We’ve been stressing team, team, team,” Tubbs said. “We can’t do a lot of things unless we take care of the ball, the line blocks and we do all the little things. It’s the ultimate team sport. We’ve been preaching it and they’re believing it.”
The Tigers were efficient all game long, and even though they turned it over twice, they almost always made up for it with a wide array of offensive weapons to go along with a defense that gave Pittsville nothing until way after the game was decided.
“We’ve got a lot of team speed this year,” senior quarterback Drew Spaeth said. “Everything was working well tonight.”
Spaeth threw for three touchdowns and had 126 yards passing. Senior Eli Temanson ran for a touchdown, scored one rushing and threw another on a well-executed halfback option halfway through the first quarter to Joe Redmon. Junior Jake Reif also scored a pair of touchdowns for the Tigers.
Pittsville got a couple late scores when James Lassa crashed in from the 5 and quarterback Brad Wesley hit Kyle Kolar with a 33-yard bomb with under two minutes left.
“We knew we had a tough team with Stratford,” Pittsville coach Dan Hahn said. “We just couldn’t punch it in. They have a good team. We’ll need to keep working.”