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Pirates dominate Mustangs in Homecoming victory

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Lance Malcher
Sports Correspondent
September 21, 2011 | 1,389 views | 2 comments

Natalia 13

Poth 49

POTH -- Last Friday night, the Poth Pirates welcomed the Natalia Mustangs to Jack Lane Stadium to celebrate 2011 Homecoming. With generations of Poth Pirates packing the stands, Head Coach Andrew King and his Pirates had no plans to disappoint.

The Pirate defense was relentless all night, as the Mustangs were held to only eight first downs. Constant collective pressure, led by senior Antonio Cantu, on junior Mustang quarterback Bert Villarreal resulted in five sacks and kept the visitors’ passing game from gaining any rhythm. On occasion, when Villarreal was able to get a pass off, Poth senior Tyler Kallies and the Pirates’ secondary hawked to the ball and allowed only five completions on 10 attempts.

With junior linebacker Kyle Pruski and sophomore defensive end Jerrek Hosek leading the swarming Pirate defense, the Mustang running game didn’t fare much better, gaining only 64 yards on 28 rushes.

The Pirates, on the other hand, had no trouble moving the ball and putting points on the board. Junior running back Phillip Garza had a particularly impressive offensive performance. Finishing the game with 156 yards on only 13 carries and tallying six rushing touchdowns, Garza seemed unstoppable with the ball in his hands.

Garza’s first of six scores came following a 46-yard run on his first touch. With 9:34 remaining in the first quarter, Garza took the handoff from senior quarterback Braden Lyssy and followed his blocking in from 9 yards out. Calling for a 2-point conversion, Lyssy found Cantu in the end zone, and with the toss and catch, and the Pirates quickly had an 8-0 lead.

The remainder of the first half looked quite the same, as Garza dominated with his tough head-on running style accompanied by quick feet needed to elude tacklers. Garza would go on to score four more touchdowns in the first half, as the Pirates seemed to be able to move the ball at will behind a solid offensive line.

While the Mustangs were completely outmatched in the contest, there were some positive signs for the fans that made the trip from Natalia. The Mustangs’ first score came in the second quarter with 5:15 remaining, when Villarreal capped the visitors’ most impressive drive of the contest with a 26-yard scoring pass to senior Robert Gutierrez.

Following Garza’s sixth score with 10:33 still left in the third quarter, King seemed satisfied with a 42-7 lead, and gave his star rusher and senior quarterback the remainder of the night off.

While the absence of two of the team’s key offensive performers slowed the Pirates -- it did not stop them. With 2:33 still left in the third quarter, sophomore running back Blake Lyssy accepted the handoff, found exceptional timely blocking, and made his way 34 yards for a scoring run.

A fourth-quarter 17-yard Natalia scoring pass from Villarreal to Gutierrez brought the final score for Poth Pirate Homecoming night to 49-13.

Along with the Homecoming activities, highlighted by seniors Daniella Noguez and Braden Lyssy being crowned queen and king, this night brought to an end the warm-up games. This week, the Pirates welcome Wilson County rival and always-formidable Stockdale Brahmas to town, as District 14-2A play and the quest for the playoffs begins.

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
September 22, 2011 10:35am
Nice article Lance, as usual.

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
September 22, 2011 10:33am
The King's Men come through again! Way to go Pirates!

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