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Poth Pirates top Cougars for season’s first victory

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Lance Malcher
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September 18, 2013 | 1,964 views | Post a comment

Cole 14
Poth 38

POTH -- The Poth Pirate football team welcomed the Fort Sam Houston Cole Cougars last Friday night to celebrate 2013 Homecoming.

After suffering two consecutive opening season losses, accompanied by a series of devastating injuries to key players, Head Coach Andrew King and his Pirates were eager to take the field to close out the non-district season.

Gaining only 175 yards on 35 carries, a very athletic Cougar offensive backfield found it difficult to find any momentum against a very aggressive Pirate defensive front that was led by senior Kyle Jiral and juniors Marcos Guevara and Brett Kotara. The Cougar passing offense found the same inhospitable welcome, as pressure on junior quarterback Patrick Height led to two interceptions by junior safety Thomas Krawietz.

The Pirate offense, however, looked sharp from early on and never let up. Junior running back Sean Clancy started off the Pirate scoring barrage with a 7-yard touchdown run at the 7:53 mark in the first quarter. Dayne Spivey added the point-after kick and the Pirates took a 7-0 lead from which they would never look back.

Guevara and Jiral joined senior Kolby Janek in an extraordinary run blocking effort that led to junior running back Koby Pruski rushing for 69 yards and three touchdowns.

Pass protection proved adequate, as well, as junior quarterback Thomas Krawietz completed 5 of 9 passes, including a 9-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left in the first half to tight end Brett Kotara.

Krawietz, who also finished with a workhorse 125 yards on 18 carries, led a disciplined offense that dominated the time of possession, not giving the Cougars an opportunity to claw their way back into the contest.

Sophomore running back Rhett Kelley capped off the dominating 259-yard team rushing performance with a 24-yard touchdown run with 1:42 left in the game, and the Pirate fans packed into Jack Lane Stadium celebrated a 38-14 Homecoming victory.

The ailing Pirates will have a welcome extra week off this Friday, as they prepare to welcome the Bloomington Bobcats on Friday, Sept. 27, to kick off District 15-2A DII play in pursuit of a position in the 2013 2A Texas state playoffs.

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