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Frezarian Harrison + Pittsburg Rally Past Pleasant Grove, Secure a Playoff Berth

Pittsburg’s Fre’Zarian Harrison runs drills during an Aug. 6 practice at Pittsburg’s Pirate Stadium. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

[By Josh Richert, Special to ETSN.fm]

PITTSBURG — Fre’Zarian Harrison scored three touchdowns in the second half to lift Pittsburg to a playoff berth with a 27-24 come-from-behind win over Pleasant Grove on Friday at Pirate Stadium.

Harrison scored touchdowns of 5, 4 and 2 runs, the latter two in the fourth quarter to regain the lead twice for the Pirates (4-5, 2-2). He finished with 93 yards on 16 carries.

Defensive end Jake Smith sealed the win, after Harrison had scored with 33 seconds left in the game, with his interception of Hunter Hatfield with 26 ticks left.

Pittsburg quarterback Garrett Truitt threw for 142 yards on 8-of-17 passing, and connected with Markevius Traylor on a 25-yard strike with 5:31 remaining in the third to cut into the Hawks’ 10-0 halftime lead. Four minutes later. Harrison had his first score.

Makale Hawkins regained the lead for Pleasant Grove (1-8, 0-4) on an 8-yard pass from Hatfield with 10:02 left, but Pittsburg rolled downfield again with Harrison scoring from the 4 at 7:41.

Hatfield, who was 5-of-11 passing for 117 yards, found Kentrun Pemberton-Haley for a 58-yard score and a Hawk lead with 6:12 left.

Harrison capitalized on a fourth-and-1 stop by the Pittsburg defense 10 plays into the ensuing Pirate drive.

Hatfield had a 25-yard scoring run in the second quarter, and Dalton Hinton nailed a 23-yard field goal on the Hawks’ first possession after safety Dylan Silvey picked Truitt on the second play from scrimmage.

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