Pirates fall prey to Panthers, face Olathe tomorrow

Photo courtesy Michael Pierce Sophomore running back Ty Kimsey (14) finds the hole created by sophomore lineman Nolan Stretton (78) after taking the handoff from freshman quarterback Cade Cowan (4) during last Friday’s Homecoming game against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers. Although the Pirates ended up losing the game 10-7, coach Scott Spoede explained, “I was proud of our boys, continuing to fight until the very end of the game. We are already very young this year and we had five of our boys out last game due to injuries.”

Photo courtesy Michael Pierce
Sophomore running back Ty Kimsey (14) finds the hole created by sophomore lineman Nolan Stretton (78) after taking the handoff from freshman quarterback Cade Cowan (4) during last Friday’s Homecoming game against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers. Although the Pirates ended up losing the game 10-7, coach Scott Spoede explained, “I was proud of our boys, continuing to fight until the very end of the game. We are already very young this year and we had five of our boys out last game due to injuries.”

The Pagosa Springs Pirate football team lost its homecoming game to the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers last Friday night by a score of 10-7, moving the team’s win-loss record to 1-5 overall (0-2 in league action) and its ranking to 34th in the state’s 2A division.

“I was proud of our boys,” coach Scott Spoede contended, “continuing to fight until the very end of the game. We are already very young this year and we had five of our boys out last game due to injuries.”

Freshman quarterback Cade Cowan completed five out of 13 pass attempts for 56 yards and one touchdown. He did, however, throw one interception, and the four occasions when he decided to run the ball himself, he netted a total loss of 7 yards.

Receiver Keaton Laverty pulled down two passes for 13 yards, including the one touchdown, while Dalton Lucero caught three passes and gained 43 yards and Ty Kimsey caught one for 20 yards.

Kimsey also contributed to the running game, carrying the ball 14 times for 34 yards, while Connor Aragon had five carries for 12 yards.

“Our one drive that we scored is what you like to see as a coach,” Spoede added. “Our boys put together a long, disciplined drive and found a way to punch it in.  The obvious thing is for us to put together more drives like that one to be successful.”

On defense, Lucero got credit for 16 tackles, while Kimsey and Laverty each had 12 and Nick Talamante had 11.

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This story was posted on October 15, 2015.