The Pagosa Pirates’ two-game winning streak came to an end last weekend when the Grand Valley Cardinals handed them a 39-21 defeat.
“This game was frustrating for all of us,” coach Scott Spoede admitted. “We had done some good things in the first half and we were ahead. The second half we came out flat and never fought back in that game. We held the lead until the fourth quarter.”
The loss puts the Pirate record at 2-4 overall with 2-2 in league play.
“On offense, we were able to get some production out of the running game,” the coach explained, “but still struggled with the passing. There were a few times we would make a few big plays and then turn the ball over.”
Keenan Earley was named offensive player of the game with 115 yards rushing on 18 carries, for an average of 6.4 yards per play. His longest run was for 20 yards and he scored two touchdowns.
Jeremiah Miller earned 80 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. His longest run was 51 yards.
Quarterback Dean Scott completed three out of 11 pass attempts for 65 total yards. He also ran the ball eight times and picked up six yards total. Tate Drane, Miller and Connor Brown each caught one of Scott’s passes for 12, 17 and 36 yards, respectively.
“Defense had its hands full with Grand Valley’s air attack,” Spoede said. “Their quarterback did a good job of stretching us out and making the throws he needed to.”
Creede Wylie was named defensive player of the game with nine tackles, three of which were behind the line of scrimmage, while Caden Henderson had a total of 10 including one for a loss, Alonzo Hernandez had six solo tackles including one for a loss and David McRee had eight total tackles.
JC Parsons and Marcos Quezada each pulled down one interception, while Hernandez and McRee each recovered one fumble.
On special teams, Carter Walsh kicked three extra points and had four kickoffs for 112 yards, while McRee kicked six punts for 112 yards as well. Quezada had two kick returns for 58 yards, Miller had three for 46, Drane had two for 34 and Gustavo Palma had one for 19.
“This week we are facing a good Olathe team,” the coach predicted. “They have come on strong in league play. We hope that we can continue playing our physical style of ball on both sides and keep the pressure on for four quarters. The key for our boys is to accept the mistakes we will make in this game and learn to look beyond those to the next play and opportunity.”
The Pirates will be in Olathe tomorrow night to take on the other Pirates at 7 p.m. The Olathe Pirates have enjoyed a four-game winning streak, beating Grand Valley 41-27, Coal Ridge 43-0, Aspen 28-17 and Basalt 34-0.