Football – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:12:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Pirates claim first league title since 2009, take on Delta Saturday for first round of playoffs http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-claim-first-league-title-since-2009-take-on-delta-saturday-for-first-round-of-playoffs/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190637

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Finding daylight, Pirate Paden Bailey dives into the end zone for one of his two scores on the night against the Alamosa Mean Moose on Nov. 1. Bailey finished with 163 yards on 21 carries. Pagosa defeated Alamosa 33-22 to capture its first league championship since 2009 and a playoff berth for the first time since the 2017 season. Pagosa will face Delta in the first round of the playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday in Delta.

On the final night of the 2019 regular season, the No. 17 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team capped off a milestone season that featured a league title — something that hadn’t been done since the 2009 season — and a playoff berth for the first time since the 2017 season.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Paden Bailey gains yardage at the expense of an Alamosa Mean Moose defender during the Nov. 1 matchup between the two league foes. Pagosa defeated Alamosa 33-22 for an Intermountain League championship and a playoff spot. The No. 13-seeded Pirates will look to keep up the hot play on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. on the road against the No. 4-seeded Delta Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

]]>
Pirates defeat Bayfield for first time in 11 years http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-defeat-bayfield-for-first-time-in-11-years-2/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:33:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190369

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate quarterback Grant Aucoin slides through a would-be Bayfield Wolverine tackle, picking up some positive yardage for the Pirates. Aucoin finished the night with nine carries for 49 yards and a perfect night throwing the ball, going six for six on passing attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 23 Pirates dominated the No. 24 Wolverines 42-0 on Oct. 25, snapping Bayfield’s 23-game league winning streak that dated back to 2014. The win also marked the first time Pagosa has beaten Bayfield since 2008.

In the hunt for a playoff berth, the No. 23 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team notched a big win on Friday, beating the No. 24 Bayfield Wolverines 42-0 on the road.
The win marks the Pirates’ third win in a row, all of which have been against Intermountain League (IML) foes; it also marks the first time Pagosa has defeated Bayfield in 11 years.
Pagosa’s last victory against Bayfield came in the 2008 season.
It also marks the end of the Wolverines’ 23-game league winning streak, which dated back to 2014.
The Pirates’ record now sits at 4-4 overall with a perfect 3-0 record against IML foes; Pagosa also sits in first place in the IML standings.
Pagosa hit the scoreboard first when quarterback Grant Aucoin connected with Mitch Lewis on a 65-yard touchdown pass, giving the Pirates an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Wolverines fumbled, giving possession right back to Pagosa; the Pirates capitalized on the turnover with Paden Bailey scoring from 1 yard out.
A successful quarterback sneak by Aucoin on the two-point conversion gave Pagosa a 14-0 lead with just nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, facing a fourth and 5, the Pirates decided to go for it and continue their scoring drive; that decision to go for it proved to be a smart one as Aucoin found Lewis again on a 34-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to push Pagosa’s lead to 21-0 heading into halftime.
Late in the third quarter, Bayfield quarterback Isaac Ross’ pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Wil Aucoin and subsequently intercepted and returned for a 50-yard touchdown by Lewis, extending Pagosa’s lead to 28-0.
In the fourth quarter, Bailey found the end zone two more times in close yardage situations to cement the 42-0 victory for Pagosa.
Grant Aucoin finished the night a perfect six of six on passing attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Lewis led the team in receptions and yards with four catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns; Bailey added two catches for 70 yards.
Bailey led the team in rushes with 24 for 102 yards, Grant Aucoin added nine rushes for 49 yards, Wil Aucoin had four carries for 11 yards, Dustin Clark added three carries for 22 yards and Lewis finished with two carries for 8 yards.
“It was a big win and I think that they’re a good football team,” coach Myron Stretton said in an interview.
The Pirates have continued to get better late in the season, which is exactly what you want, Stretton noted.
In preparing for Bayfield, the Pirates noticed that the Wolverines scored a lot of their points through the pass, but the scoring drives were set up by the run, Stretton added.
“They did throw it effectively against us, that’s really, I think, the biggest chunks of yardage came from throwing it off of play action,” he said.
Shutting out a team is certainly a highlight defensively, Stretton explained.
“Overall it was probably our best defensive effort,” he said.
The defensive line of the Pirates continues to improve, with the defensive ends of the Pirates doing a good job of keeping runs contained, Stretton explained.
Against Bayfield, Stretton praised Nolan Kay for his play against the Wolverines in getting pressure and notching a sack on Ross during the game.
“We ran a five-front most of the game, so that gave us an opportunity to have another defensive lineman in there, and he had just been doing really well in practice,” Stretton said.
Stretton also praised Skyler Hill for playing the run great and getting pressure on Ross.
Pagosa’s defensive backs also did a good job at not biting on the run and continuing to cover their men, he added later.
Offensively, Stretton praised Grant Aucoin’s performance throwing the ball, noting that if not for a few Wolverine tackles, Grant Aucoin could have had four passing touchdowns on just six throwing attempts.
“That was huge,” he said. “Grant threw it really well. He read the option really well.”
Following the game, Stretton explained he told his team to enjoy the win and that they should be excited, but it’s now on to the next game against the No. 21 Alamosa Mean Moose (6-2 overall, 2-1 in league play) at home for Senior Night with kickoff set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
For all the marbles
The showdown between the Pirates and Mean Moose will determine not only a postseason appearance, but also a league title.
Pagosa last captured a league title in football in 2009.
“If they beat us, they’re probably in the playoffs,” he said. “I think it’s going to boil down to RPI [Rating Percentage Index] and I think they’re probably going to have a higher RPI.”
Pagosa has done what it needs to and if the Pirates win, they’re in, Stretton explained.
“If we win, we win a league title and we’re in the playoffs,” he said. “There is no pressure from me and I don’t want them to put pressure on themselves.”
In order to capture that league title and playoff appearance, Pagosa will look to gain redemption against Alamosa.
Last season, Alamosa eliminated Pagosa from playoff contention on the last game of the season by defeating the Pirates 30-19.
Pagosa will have to prepare for the Mean Moose’s potent passing attack, led by quarterback Brendon Madril, who has thrown for 1,180 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Madril is currently averaging 15 yards per attempt, with Ian Jackson leading the Mean Moose in receptions with 34, receiving yards with 625 and touchdowns with 10.
Brenden Crowther also has 31 catches for 508 yards and three touchdowns for Alamosa.
Luke Smith leads Alamosa in rushing attempts with 95 to go along with 821 yards and eight touchdowns.
“They do like to throw it a lot. They spread it out,” Stretton said of Alamosa’s game plan. “They run it effectively because they end up getting people out of the box.”
Alamosa does not run it much, but when they do, it is effective, he noted.
“We’re going to prepare for that defensively,” he said. “Offensively, we’re going to try to establish the option.”
A lot of what Pagosa’s game plan will entail is what alignments Alamosa throws the Pirates’ way, Stretton explained.
“Our game plan is pretty much the same every week and that’s how option football works,” he said. “You just try to get them in a position where they make the wrong decision.”

]]>
Pirates defeat Bayfield for first time in 11 years http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-defeat-bayfield-for-first-time-in-11-years/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190225

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate quarterback Grant Aucoin slides through a would-be Bayfield Wolverine tackle, picking up some positive yardage for the Pirates. Aucoin finished the night with nine carries for 49 yards and a perfect night throwing the ball, going six for six on passing attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 23 Pirates dominated the No. 24 Wolverines 42-0 on Oct. 25, snapping Bayfield’s 23-game league winning streak that dated back to 2014. The win also marked the first time Pagosa has beaten Bayfield since 2008.

In the hunt for a playoff berth, the No. 23 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team notched a big win on Friday, beating the No. 24 Bayfield Wolverines 42-0 on the road.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Paden Bailey stiff-arms a Bayfield Wolverine defender during the Oct. 25 game between the two Intermountain League rivals in Bayfield. Pagosa shut out Bayfield 42-0, marking the first time Pagosa has beaten Bayfield in 11 years. Pagosa will look to capture a playoff spot and league title tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against the No. 21 Alamosa Mean Moose.

]]>
Pagosa and Bayfield to square off for league showdown http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-and-bayfield-to-square-off-for-league-showdown/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189801 A rivalry game is good; a rivalry game that includes possible postseason ramifications is even better. That is exactly what the No. 25 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team will be preparing for as they take on the No. 22 Bayfield Wolverines on the road tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

]]>
Pirates conquer Spartans 40-7 http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-conquer-spartans-40-7/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189061

SUN photo/Chris Mannara
Pirate Tay Barker remains in hot pursuit of Salida Spartan quarterback Zayne Walker during the Oct. 11 matchup between the two Intermountain League opponents. Barker finished with four tackles on the night and Pagosa dominated Salida during the Spartan’s homecoming festivities, winning 40-7. Pagosa will look to add a third straight win against the Bayfield Wolverines on the road on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

The No. 23 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team was able to play spoiler to the No. 38 Salida Spartans on their homecoming night, showing a balanced attack on both sides of the ball and earning another league win, 40-7.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

]]>
Youth football http://www.pagosasun.com/youth-football-2/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189066

Photo courtesy John Smith

Varsity and junior varsity youth football teams finished the regular season this weekend with both teams remaining undefeated. They will be heading to a tournament in Gallup, N.M., on Oct. 26-27.

]]>
Pirates dominate Cortez at homecoming, look to extend winning streak against winless Spartans http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-dominate-cortez-at-homecoming-look-to-extend-winning-streak-against-winless-spartans/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179592

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate wide receiver Mitch Lewis makes a leaping 45-yard touchdown grab over Montezuma-Cortez Panther cornerback Kaleb Gropp. Pagosa dominated Cortez on homecoming 54-13; Lewis finished with two catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

The No. 18 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team needed a win, and they got one in a big way, dominating league opponent the No. 35 Montezuma-Cortez Panthers during homecoming by a score of 54-13.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

]]>
Pirates bitten by Bulldogs, look to right the ship against Cortez for homecoming http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-bitten-by-bulldogs-look-to-right-the-ship-against-cortez-for-homecoming/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179174

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate Justin Baxstrom fights through multiple No. 4 Moffat County Bulldogs during a Sept 28 faceoff between the two teams. The No. 18 Pirates ultimately lost a close one to Moffat County 21-16 and will look to gain a homecoming win against the No. 33 Montezuma-Cortez Panthers tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Late mistakes and turnovers were once again the downfall for the No. 18 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team against the No. 4 Moffat County Bulldogs as the team lost its second straight game 21-16.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Paden Bailey finds some daylight in the Moffat County Bulldog defense on Sept 28. The Pirates fell to the Bulldogs 21-16, but will look to stop its two-game losing streak at home tomorrow night against Cortez with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

]]>
Community invited to attend free homecoming alumni barbecue http://www.pagosasun.com/community-invited-to-attend-free-homecoming-alumni-barbecue/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179178 By Katriel Yeneza
Special to The SUN
This is a special invitation for all community members to attend the annual homecoming alumni barbecue.
Hosted by the National Honor Society, this event is set to take place on Friday, Oct. 4, starting at 6 p.m.
A classic barbecue dinner will be served: burgers, chips and drinks, all at no expense.
Attendance at the Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS) homecoming football game is encouraged, with the crowning of homecoming court during halftime.
Homecoming is a week-long event carefully planned and filled with spirit week activities, powderpuff football and ironman volleyball games, a pep rally, the homecoming football game and the grand finale homecoming dance this weekend.
Homecoming is a tradition for everyone to celebrate the new school year. Students at PSHS are eagerly anticipating the Cloud 9 dance theme, filled with whimsical clouds, sunset colors, music and, surely, a night for the books.
A free barbecue and a football game is a fantastic way to spend your Friday night, actively participate in homecoming festivities or reminisce about past high school memories. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there.

]]>
Youth Football http://www.pagosasun.com/youth-football/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179192

Photo courtesy Kathleen Martinez

Varsity and junior varsity youth football teams, both teams 5-0, have home games on Saturday, Oct. 5. Junior varsity will play at 10 a.m. and varsity plays at noon. The teams conclude their regular season in Alamosa on Oct. 12, then head to Gallup, N.M., for the Four Corners invitational tournament Oct. 26-27.

]]>