We had it all on Thursday night! A game originally scheduled for Friday at Kincaid Stadium in Dallas was moved to the Shipyard on Thursday night because of impending weather in the forecast. We were originally slated to kick off at 7pm, but it was nearly 8:30 before we got foot to leather and the game kicked off.
The Cowboys wanted the ball first and sustained a drive for a couple of first downs before stalling out inside Pirates territory. A punt downed at the 5 yard line would pin the Pirates against their own end zone for their first offensive possession, and that’s when the Pirates would do what they do best.
Pound. The. Rock!
The big uglies up front moved the Cowboys defense out of the way as Doneric Rivers and Josh Redding slid through holes left and right. It didn’t matter if it was in between the tackles or around the outside, the Pirates had it blocked, setting the explosive Rivers free time and time again.
The Pirates marched 95 yards in 12 plays and the first score of the game, and they never looked back. They scored on their first 2 possessions of the game before Carter would punch a score into the end zone and cut the lead to 14-7. The Pirates, behind that massive offensive line and Stanford commit, Branson Bragg (#72) dominated the line of scrimmage allowing Doneric Rivers to spring free for a 34 yard touchdown run and a 21-7 halftime lead for the Pirates.
The Pirates received the ball in the second half and proceeded to go on a 10 play drive that ate up 7:49 on the clock to make it 28-7. The Pirates defense forced another Carter punt and the Pirates once again marched down the field for another score and extended their lead to 35-7 over the visiting Cowboys.
In the 4th quarter, the Cowboys found a few things that started working for them, but it was too little too late and the Pirates hang on for a 35-21 victory at home.
Doneric Rivers was excellent on the ground amassing 223 yards on 32 carries and scoring 3 times. Rivers has now ran for 220 or more yards in every game this season. Senior Quarterback Josh Redding added 63 yards on the ground and punched in 2 scores of his own.
The defense was swarming the Cowboys all night long. They were seemingly in the backfield as soon as the ball was snapped, forcing Carter to alter plays and ad lib most of the night.
The Crandall Pirates are firing on nearly all cylinders the last two weeks and look to keep that momentum going as they play host to the Palestine Wildcats in their final Non District game of the season next Friday night.
The Pirates will open district play at Mabank on Friday, October 12th.
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