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Poth beats Natalia

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Lance Malcher
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October 16, 2013 | 1,863 views | Post a comment

Natalia 6

Poth 52

POTH -- The Poth Pirates (4-2, 3-0) continued their stroll through District 15-2A DII opponents last Friday night with a decisive victory over the Natalia Mustangs, 52-6.

An unstoppable rushing attack led by quarterback Thomas Krawietz once again propelled the Pirates to a very lopsided victory. Krawietz called his own number only six times, but rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns, including two runs for 57 and 49 yards in the first quarter alone.

Despite being noticeably undersized, the offensive line, anchored by seniors Kyle Jiral and Kolby Janek, opened holes in the Mustang defense, leading the way for Pirate runners to compile 417 total rushing yards. Along with Krawietz’ impressive outing, Sean Clancy and Rhett Kelley each added scoring runs from 39 and 25 yards, respectively. The blowout win also allowed Head Coach Andrew King to see what the future holds for the Pirates by getting several freshmen valuable playing time. Among the freshmen was quarterback Preslee Moy, who added the Pirates’ final score when he plunged into the end zone from 2 yards out in the third quarter.

As impressive as the offensive performance was, the Pirate defense was just as relentless. Led by senior Jerrek Hosek’s 14 solo tackles, the Mustang offensive running game was never able to get any momentum.

A valiant effort by Mustang senior quarterback Eric Villarreal continuously ended in disappointment as he was intercepted three times -- once each by Krawietz and freshman Caleb Albert, and once to end the second quarter by linebacker Marcos Guevara, who surprised the Mustangs and Pirate fans with his speed as he separated from everyone on the way to a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The lone Mustang score came early in the fourth quarter when junior Devon Carroll broke free for an 85-yard touchdown run.

The Pirates continue their march to the playoffs as they welcome their Wilson County rival Stockdale Brahmas (3-3, 2-1) to Jack Lane Stadium this Friday night for what has historically been a hard-fought battle on both sides.

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