PITTSBURG — In a wild one that featured five points in the final stanza — three by Tatum and two by Pittsburg — the Tatum Eagles broke into the win column on Friday with a 31-16 win over the Pirates.
Tatum led 14-7 after one quarter, using a 16-yard pass from Kendrick Malone to Jayden Boyd and an Omar Rodriguez PAT to take the early lead.
Pittsburg answered quickly on a 74-yard pass from Jaxson Ramsey to Jamarion Hill, but Tatum's Kavonte Bradley-Starling returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for the TD with 8:02 left in the initial quarter.
Late in the second, Malone hit Boyd on a 29-yard TD strike, and Tatum led 21-7 at halftime.
Pittsburg kept it close when Cade Busch scored on a 2-yard run to cap a 61-yard, 9-play drive for the Pirates, but a 7-yard TD run by Ty Hollins and a 30-yard field goal by Rodriguez gave Tatum a 31-14 cushion.
Pittsburg blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety for the final two points of the game, and Tatum ran the final five minutes off the clock.
Tatum (1-2) will visit Hughes Springs, and Pittsburg (1-2) will visit Van on Friday.