The Pagosa Springs High School Pirates have yet to win a football game this season, suffering their fifth straight loss at the hands of the Coal Ridge Titans last Friday, where the final score was 27-0.
“We’re struggling,” head coach Olin Garrison admitted. “Same song: We’re just too inconsistent. We’ll look pretty good, and then we’ll make a mistake, some way or another.
“Defensively, we looked pretty good, and then all the sudden, somebody wasn’t taking responsibility or we did a lot of arm-tackling, where somebody didn’t wrap up. They made some long runs on us and we had been working on that all week.”
The 27 scored against the Pirates was only half the story, however. The zero earned by the Pirates was the other half of the story. When asked about the performance of his offense, Garrison said, “We didn’t maintain our blocks well enough a lot of times. We moved the ball a little bit and then we would blow an assignment or have a penalty set us back. We just have to perform better. I don’t know how else to say it.”
The previous week, in the homecoming game against Basalt, quarterback Dean Scott had some success with the option play and running the ball himself. However, that didn’t work as well against Coal Ridge. The Pirates also continued to struggle with the passing game.
“Our passing game is just not up where it needs to be,” Garrison explained. “For three reasons: our blocking, the accuracy of our quarterback, and sometimes the receivers can’t catch the ball. We’re working on it. We just have to execute during the games.”
Coal Ridge was the last away game to require an overnight stay. The first one was against Aspen. These long trips came about when all the other teams in the Pirates’ old conference, except Bayfield, moved either up or down in classification and Pagosa was forced to move from the Intermountain League to the Western Slope League.
“The trip wasn’t too bad,” Garrison explained. “But, hopefully, we’re through with that.”
Assistant coach Ryan Davis, who normally supplies all of the statistics for each game, was hospitalized with the flu this week, according to one of his co-workers, and was unavailable for comment as of press time.
This week, the Pirates take on Grand Valley Friday at 7 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium.
“They’re good,” Garrison admitted. “They’ve got a good running game and they’re pretty good athletes, so we’ll have our hands full.”
Slade Wylie reportedly injured a shoulder against Coal Ridge, though it was still too early to tell if he would be prevented from playing against Grand Valley. No mention was made of any other prominent starters who are injured or would be otherwise prevented from playing in this week’s game.