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Pirates crush Cowboys for Homecoming win

Pirates crush Cowboys for Homecoming win
JAMES RICHTER/ Blake Lyssy (4) of Poth takes down a Cotulla ball carrier during the Pirates’ Oct. 5 win over the Cowboys.

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Lance Malcher
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October 10, 2012
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Cotulla 16
Poth 48

POTH -- The Poth Pirates celebrated Homecoming last Friday night by welcoming the Cotulla Cowboys for the second District 15-2A DII contest of the 2012 season.

Generations of Pirates could be found in the standing-room-only crowd that packed Jack Lane Field. Head Coach Andrew King and the Pirates would not leave the alumni disappointed, as they convincingly dispatched the Cowboys 48-16 to go 2-0 in district play.

Poth (4-1, 2-0) made its preparation prosper early when senior quarterback Zach Lyssy called his own number and broke free for a 38-yard touchdown run. Lyssy’s point-after kick gave the Pirates a quick 7-0 lead with 9:13 still left in the first quarter.

The Cowboys defense would hold tough until the second quarter when Poth junior Blake Lyssy took advantage of a long, sustained drive, as he blasted through the defense for a 9-yard touchdown run. Zach Lyssy’s point-after kick gave the Pirates a confident 14-0 lead.

An outstanding Pirate defensive effort led by Matt Zavala, Blake Lyssy, and Marcus Guevara gave the Pirates’ running game another quick opportunity, which would not go unrewarded.

With his second huge breakaway run of the night, Zach Lyssy extended the Pirate lead with a 34-yard touchdown run. Adding his own point-after with 9:43 to play, the Pirates had jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead.

Coming into the contest 3-1 on the season, the Cowboys and their head coach, Joseph G. Alvarado, would not sit back quietly without a fight. With a powerful running-game tandem of David Garza and Mark Ruiz, fellow senior quarterback Joseph Tellez and the Cowboys methodically marched the ball down into Pirate territory.

Then, with 3:55 remaining in the first half, Tellez dropped back for a rare but effective pass, as he found senior Joel Garcia for a 22-yard touchdown. Ruiz added a 2-point conversion run, cutting the Pirates’ lead to 21-8.

Following the visitors’ score, it would not take long for the Pirates to find an answer, and the answer was what all the Pirate fans were looking for all evening. After being very reserved with senior running back Phillip Garza, Coach King finally decided to unleash the star running back on the ensuing drive, and to great affect, as Garza followed the tremendous blocking from his offensive line en route to a 48-yard touchdown run. Zach Lyssy then kept the ball himself and ran in for a 2-point conversion, extending the Pirate lead to 29-8.

Then, to the dismay of the visiting Cowboys, the Pirates would get one more chance to put the ball in the hands of Garza, and one chance is all that was needed. After yet another stellar defense display highlighted by Craig Kilgore and Kyler Felux, the Pirates forced a punt with only seconds left before halftime. Even pinned deep at their own end of the field, a few seconds was all the Pirates needed. With only 20 seconds left on the clock, Garza took the handoff and followed the well-trained blocking of the Pirate offensive line. Then, 91 yards later, in one of the Poth Pirates’ longest offense plays ever, Garza crossed into the end zone giving the Pirates a 35-8 lead going into halftime.

After naming Kelli Kolodziej and Kyle Pruski Homecoming Queen and King, the Pirates were eager to get back on the field and take care of the business at hand. However, Tellez and the Cowboys were not quite done. On the first drive of the second half, the offensive line of the visiting Cowboys manhandled the Pirate defense until the ball was deep in Pirate territory. It was then, with 7:10 left in the third quarter, that Ruiz plowed his way into the end zone from 4 yards out. Ruiz would add another running 2-point conversion, and the Cowboys trailed only 35-16.

Sensing the lead and the relentless defense was too much for the Cowboys to overcome, King gave the Pirate faithful a glimpse of the future, and perhaps the present.

Sophomore Thomas Krawietz made his hometown debut as quarterback in the second half. His debut was far from sophomoric, though, as he ran for 148 yards on just five carries, including touchdown runs of 36 and 62 yards. The Pirates easily put the game out of reach with a final score of 48-16.

The Pirates, unbeaten since their week 0 loss at Marion, improved to 4-1 on the year and are 2-0 in district play. Poth currently shares the district lead with Karnes City and Dilley.

District play for the Pirates continues this Friday night, Oct. 12, as they travel to Natalia to take on the Mustangs. Poth will attempt to continue a district winning streak that extends back to 2009. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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