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Pirates edge Brahmas in county rivalry

Pirates edge Brahmas in county rivalry
JAMES RICHTER/ Poth’s Sean Clancy (1) looks to evade Isaiah Garza (12) and the rest of the Brahma defense during Poth’s 13-12 win over Stockdale last Friday night.

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Lance Malcher
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October 23, 2013
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Stockdale 12
Poth 13

POTH -- What had been a cruise through District 15-2A DII for Head Coach Andrew King and his Poth Pirates nearly became a shipwreck when Josh West and his Stockdale Brahmas came to town last Friday night.

The Poth Pirates (5-2, 4-0) won a very hard-fought battle against their Wilson County and District 15-2A DII rival Stockdale Brahmas (3-4, 2-2). The final score was 13-12 in a contest that could have easily gone the Brahmas’ way.

A cool drizzle did not deter fans of either team from coming out to see what was expected to be one of the more competitive contests of the season. Brahma fans were treated to the first score early in the opening quarter when senior running back Matt Valadez broke through the Pirate defensive line and sprinted his way to a 55-yard touchdown run. A missed extra point gave the visiting Brahmas a 6-0 lead with 8:12 left in the first quarter.

What had been a fast-paced Pirate rushing attack had a difficult time finding any room to run against the Brahma defense led by senior linebacker Dylan Dunn. So following an interception by sophomore Rhett Kelley, the Pirates and junior quarterback Thomas Krawietz went deep into the playbook.

With 22 seconds left in the first half, the Pirates finally were able to get on the scoreboard as Krawietz took the ball on a pitchback from his running back and hit senior receiver Dylan Sefcik for a 34-yard flea-flicker pass and catch for the touchdown. Sefcik added the point-after kick, and the Pirates took a 7-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Brahmas, and Valadez in particular, would not be deterred by any means. Valadez proved himself throughout the contest, rushing the ball 33 times for 236 yards. The senior also added two touchdowns, including the 10-yard rushing score to regain the lead for the Brahmas with 5:05 left in the third quarter. What would prove to be a costly failed 2-point conversion following the Valadez score left the Brahmas with a 12-7 lead over the Pirates.

Poth junior linebacker Marcos Guevara and the Pirate defense were somehow able to keep Valadez and the Brahmas from gaining enough momentum to put more points on the board, and the Pirate offensive line was finally able to break open a hole for Krawietz. The Poth quarterback found his way into some open field, which eventually led to a 38-yard touchdown scamper to give the Pirates the lead once again. A Pirate failed 2-point conversion attempt left the Brahmas trailing 13-12 with 11:07 left in the contest.

Impressive defense from both teams late in the game eventually found the Pirates in a fourth down and very long situation. This led to the Pirate punt team taking the field with just over two minutes left in the contest. As Pirate senior Jerrek Hosek punted the ball away, a Brahma defender ran into him, leading to what many Brahma fans considered a questionable roughing-the-punter personal foul. The penalty gave the Pirates a devastating first down, allowing them to run the clock out while staying undefeated in district play.

This week, the Brahmas will try to stay alive in the playoff race when they travel to Bloomington to take on the 1-6 Bobcats. The Poth Pirates will face another tough challenge as they travel to Karnes City to test the 4-3 Badgers, who are 3-1 in district play. Kickoff for both games is 7:30 p.m.

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