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Pirates cruise through district

Pirates cruise through district
JAMES RICHTER/ Poth’s Zach Lyssy finds running room during the Pirates’ Oct. 7 shutout win over Dilley.

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Lance Malcher
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October 12, 2011
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Poth 41

POTH -- Head Coach Andrew King and his Poth Pirate football team continued their dominance over District 14-2A opponents last Friday night with a very convincing 41-0 victory over the Dilley Wolves.

Considered preseason district favorites by some, the Wolves fared no better than previous opponents when trying to stop a potent Pirate offense. Early success in stopping star Pirate running back Phillip Garza called for senior quarterback Braden Lyssy to go to the air. Provided with excellent protection from the offensive line, Lyssy was able to survey the field and find fellow senior Tyler Kallies streaking deep across the middle. A perfect strike from Lyssy hit Kallies in stride, and 55 yards later, with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter, the Pirates were on the board. Lyssy’s point-after kick gave the Pirates an early 7-0 lead.

Long yardage plays would be the theme of the evening as the Pirates tallied their 41 points on a total of only 31 plays. Despite a valiant effort by the visiting Wolves to keep Garza under control, he would account for the next big play. A collective sigh of relief could be heard by the Pirate masses as, with 2:50 left in the first half, Garza quieted concerns of a possible fractured hand as he took the ball and broke free for a 33-yard touchdown run. Lyssy’s kick gave the Pirates what appeared to be a comfortable 14-0 lead late in the second quarter.

However, the home team would not be done for the first half just yet. Following a fumble recovery on the Wolves’ 2-yard line by junior Alex Gonzales on the kickoff, Garza would add his second score of the game with 2:34 left in the second quarter. Lyssy was again true on the kick, and Poth took a 21-0 lead into halftime.

The onslaught of big plays was far from over. On the very first play of the second half, Lyssy broke out over the left tackle and outran everyone for a 67-yard touchdown score with 11:41 still left in third quarter.

Garza would take his turn again with 5:48 left in the third, when he broke loose and sprinted away from the Wolf defenders for a 56-yard scoring run.

Lyssy’s 39-yard run with 4:21 left in the game finally brought the six-touchdown offensive battering to a merciful end.

As impressive of a performance as the offense dis-played, the Pirate defense was equally as dominating. The use of six different running backs did not help the visiting Wolves as sophomore Jarrek Hosek and the Pirate defense caught up with all of them and never let Dilley gain any momentum. Hosek, despite being heavily overmatched with the size of senior Wolf left tackle Riley Matthews, led all defenders with eight tackles and forced the Wolves to run away from their most reliable lineman.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, senior Antonio Cantu was on the other end. With Cantu and fellow senior Hunter Dugi pressuring Wolf junior quarterback Will Urban, the visitors were never able to gain any success within the passing game, either. Other senior linebackers Garret Yanta and Trey Broyles led a swarming, hard-hitting defense that relinquished very little yardage and secured the shutout.

The victory brought the Pirates’ record to a perfect 7-0 going into a bye week this Friday. They will travel to Three Rivers Friday, Oct. 21, to take on the Bulldogs to start the final stretch of district games during their quest for the playoffs.

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