Pirates face undefeated Wolverines tomorrow

SUN photo/Randi Pierce Pirates team captain Ty Kimsey (14) keeps his eye on the ball for this touchdown-earning pass play during last Friday’s home game against the Gunnison Cowboys. Kimsey caught four passes for 74 yards and earned two touchdowns. He also carried the ball eight times and earned 27 rushing yards. In the end, however, the Pirates lost their penultimate game 42-18. Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., the boys will end the season by hosting the undefeated Bayfield Wolverines.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirates team captain Ty Kimsey (14) keeps his eye on the ball for this touchdown-earning pass play during last Friday’s home game against the Gunnison Cowboys. Kimsey caught four passes for 74 yards and earned two touchdowns. He also carried the ball eight times and earned 27 rushing yards. In the end, however, the Pirates lost their penultimate game 42-18. Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., the boys will end the season by hosting the undefeated Bayfield Wolverines.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team lost last week’s home game against the Gunnison Cowboys 42-18, which moved its win-loss record to 1-7 overall (0-4 in league action) and its ranking to 34th in the state’s 2A division.

“It was another case of us coming out strong in the first half,” coach Scott Spoede explained, “and then losing steam in the second half.”

Quarterback Isaiah Griego threw 10 completions out of 15 attempts for a total of 219 yards, including two for touchdowns. The longest pass play was for 70 yards.

Ty Kimsey was on the receiving end of four of those passes, including the two touchdowns. He earned 74 yards on those four plays, but he also carried the ball eight times and earned 27 rushing yards.

Keaton Laverty caught two passes, including the 70-yard play and another for 11 yards, while Tyler Cowan and Dalton Lucero each caught two passes, for a gain of 41 and 23 yards, respectively.

“There were a lot of things that we did well in the first half,” the coach continued. “The offense went down and scored on the opening drive, while the defense only allowed one touchdown and forced a turnover in the red zone.  The offense did a great job of capitalizing on the turnover and scoring as time expired in the half. That put us into halftime with a 12-7 lead.”

While the Pirates were successful with the air game 66.7 percent of the time, things didn’t go so well on the ground. In fact, Kimsey was the only one to gain yardage on the ground.

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This story was posted on October 29, 2015.