Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Staff Photo/Randall Luker

Brad Nunez looks to cut upfield against the Ganders Friday in the Pirates’ 19-7 win on Homecoming.

Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Brad Nunez adopts the “Heisman stance” as he runs around the left side of the Ganders line Friday night

Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Staff Photo/Randall Luker
Pirate RB Zach Seigrest stiff arms a Gander defender as he crosses the 20 yard line.

Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Staff Photo/Randall Luker
Once again this week, holding by our opponents seemed to be invisible to the officiating crews.

Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Staff Photo/Randall Luker
QB Dylan Dial follows his blockers as he runs right in Friday night action.

Pirates’ victory keeps playoff hopes alive

Staff Photo/Randall Luker

Three Pirate defenders converge on a Gander ball carrier.

What began as a possible replay of last year’s Pirate-Gander game that saw more than 120 points scored settled into a defensive battle the Pirates won 19-7 for Homecoming 2019 and kept their playoff hopes alive, although a little help is needed. The Pirates must win Friday and Lee has to defeat Crosby for the Pirates to take the fourth seed in district and advance.

Friday, the Pirates started off on offense after the Ganders won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

Taking the kickoff on the 24, Nathan Bullard set the Pirates up near mid-field with a 14 yard return to the 38.

Zach Seigrest opened the Pirates’ play with a run to midfield, but a false start penalty marked the Pirates first of numerous flags thrown on the hometown team during the game. With 2nd and 6, QB Dylan Dial scrambled out to the 50 and a Pirate first down. With 3rd and 1, Layne Wilhelm fought his way to the 40 and another first down when Dial took to the air for a 20-yard completion to Logan Bell and another Pirate first down to the 20 yard line. A QB keeper was good for another six yards, then on 3rd and 1 from the 12, Seigrest takes the pitch and runs around the left side to dive into the end zone to put the Piates on the board with 7:44 on the clock. With a Danny Lee PAT, the Pirates lead the Ganders 7-0.

 

 

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