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Pasadena quarterback Nick Bernal, on the sidelines (right), fires a pass downfield in the first quarter. Photos by Al Carter, Pasadena ISD Communications
Pasadena High senior Nick Bernal served up 332 yards through the air and fired three touchdowns, but the Eagles found no solution to Waltrip's big-play offense Saturday night in a 41-34 loss to the Rams at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Bernal, who threw for 460 yards in the Eagles' season-opening loss to Spring Woods, ran twice for TDs and tried to keep his team on pace with the Rams with his three TD tosses.
The Pasadena senior hooked up with Uriel Hill on a 73-yard strike that enabled the Eagles to force a 13-13 tie late in the first half. Bernal teamed with Metrelle Taylor on an 8-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter and with David Lopez on a 19-yard strike with 2:37 left in the game as the Eagles pulled to within seven points.
Pasadena got the ball back on a fumble recovery in the final two minutes, but Bernal was intercepted on a fourth-down play deep in Waltrip territory by Rams defensive back Micah Lemond.
All five of Waltrip's offensively produced TDs came on plays of at least 25 yards. Running back Jimmy Mouton had the night's biggest gallop, an 88-yard run for the Rams' first score.
Waltrip quarterback Cristian Rodriguez threw four TD passes, the longest a 68-yard strike to Chris Maloney early in the fourth quarter that helped lift the Rams to a 41-20 lead.
The teams' combined 75 points were all scored in the final three quarters.
Bernal (middle) follows the blocking of Rafel Henriquez (59) into the end zone for a two-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter.
Eagle defenders Chris Cerda (5) and Daniel Johnson (33) close in to make sure a pass intended for Chris Maloney goes incomplete.
Bernal prepares a stiffarm as he looks for running room in the first quarter.
Waltrip's Jimmy Mouton breaks a tackle as he hits the sideline en route to an 88-yard TD run in the second quarter.
Pasadena defenders Jose Chavez (92) and Francisco Rodriguez (21) haul down Waltrip's Josh Helton on a kickoff return.