Michael Pittman had the game of his life to help No. 6 Oak Ridge beat Whitney 57-55 last Friday.
Pittman, who rushed for 187 yards and scored five touchdowns, is The Sacramento Bee’s football player of the week, selected through voting on sacbee.com.
The junior running back, who was adopted when he was 6 years old by his older brother, Justin Curtin, has a 3.5 grade-point average and also plays rugby and competes in track.
“I’ve seen where the road can go, and if you don’t chose the right path, it can go bad,” Pittman said. “My brother has done a great job raising me, and I’ve had huge support from a lot of family and friends. I’ve never met my dad, or remember him, and I had a relationship with my mom before she got into stuff … I’m very motivated to do well.”
Pittman entered this season as a third-string running back but injuries to others and Pittman’s efforts launched him into the starting lineup.
“Michael stepped up big (against Whitney) and got the job done,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “He’s been in our program since Junior Trojans (in El Dorado Hills) and has always shown a lot of promise.”
Pittman said he got his football genes from his brother, who played running back and receiver at Ponderosa in the early 1990s, and from his uncle Billy Pittman, who played running back at Ponderosa in the early 1980s.
More than 22,000 votes poured in for Pittman and the poll’s four other candidates: Marcus Ante, Placer; Deshawn Collins, Grant; Jamarri Jackson, Christian Brothers; and Hunter Rodrigues, Whitney.