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2017-11-15 / Sports and Youth

PIRATES SWEEP DISTRICT!

Poth.....21 Dilley...7
By Lance Malcher
WCN Correspondent


Tackling Poth style — senior Evan Cochran (60) puts a hard stop on a Dilley running back. The Pirates (9-1, 5-0) won the game, 21-7, taking the championship in District 15-3A. 
KEN SEMLINGER/Contributor Tackling Poth style — senior Evan Cochran (60) puts a hard stop on a Dilley running back. The Pirates (9-1, 5-0) won the game, 21-7, taking the championship in District 15-3A. KEN SEMLINGER/Contributor The Poth Pirates’ regular season concluded last Friday night in Dilley with a 21-7 victory over the Wolves and a clean sweep of District 15-3A.

With the district championship and No. 1 seed already wrapped up, the main goal for the Pirates was to stay healthy. Unfortunately, on the very first offensive play of the game, the worst-case scenario came to be, as star senior quarterback Luke Cantu went out with an apparent ankle injury.

Unable to move the ball after the stunning loss, Poth was forced to punt. A partial block popped the ball up in the air at the line of scrimmage, where Dilley’s Carlos Gonzales grabbed it and took off for a 45-yard touchdown. The Pirates found themselves in unfamiliar territory, down 7-0 with 9:53 still left in the first.


Junior Pirate quarterback Jacob Alexander (3) finds some room behind blocking by junior Blake Pruski. Alexander took over for Luke Cantu, who was injured early in the game. 
DAWN DYLLA/Contributor Junior Pirate quarterback Jacob Alexander (3) finds some room behind blocking by junior Blake Pruski. Alexander took over for Luke Cantu, who was injured early in the game. DAWN DYLLA/Contributor Junior Jacob Alexander was called on to fill Cantu’s enormous shoes leading the Pirates. After a shaky start, Alexander and his offense began moving the ball. The Pirates’ confidence in Alexander grew when, on fourth down, he hit senior Cole Harris for a 27-yard pickup to keep the drive alive. Then on the next play, Alexander hit senior Heath Dunn for an 8-yard touchdown. Alexander’s first career scoring pass and Mark Ramon’s extra point tied the game 7-7, with 2:57 left in the first quarter.

As the game went on, Alexander became more comfortable with the offense and was able to move the Pirates deep into Dilley territory. With 4:44 left in the second quarter, senior running back Samuel Moczygemba took the handoff and powered his way into the end zone from 2 yards out. Ramon’s kick gave the Pirates their first lead of the game, 14-7.


The Poth Pirate football team went undefeated in District 15-3A regular play this year! 
ERIK CORTINA/Contributor The Poth Pirate football team went undefeated in District 15-3A regular play this year! ERIK CORTINA/Contributor The first half wasn’t done yet. After a quick three-and-out possession from Dilley, the Pirates went back to work through the air. After another long connection to Harris, Alexander again found Dunn in the end zone, this time from 25 yards out, with no time left on the clock. Ramon extended the lead to 21-7.

The loss of their star offensive player did not hinder the dominating Pirate defense from controlling the game. Having given up only 10 points in all of district play and none since the first district game, Poth had no intentions of giving the Wolves a chance at ruining an undefeated district run. Holding the Wolves to 119 total yards and only 6 first downs, the game was never as close as the score.

Second-year Head Coach Jeff Luna and the Poth Pirates (9-1, 5-0) take on the Corpus Christi London Pirates (6-3, 3-2) this Friday in Beeville in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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