The Granbury Pirates are enjoying their finest football season since cassette tapes were popular.
A win Friday would give them the best start to a season since eight-track tapes were hip.
Last Friday’s 56-13 homecoming rout of O.D. Wyatt improved the Pirates to 5-0, something that hasn’t happened since 1981. A win this week over hapless Western Hills (0-5) in Fort Worth would make the Pirates 6-0 for the first time since 1968.
That’s two years before Pirate head coach Scotty Pugh was even born.
“My goodness, that’s crazy,” said Pugh, scratching his bald head in wonder. “That’s neat for our kids, as long as we keep in mind the goal of getting better each week.
“I think it’s special, great motivation for our kids – not that I think they need motivation, but anything that helps us get better is a good thing.”
Junior Briley Pena also had to stop and let a possible 6-0 start soak in.
“Wow!” Pena, a junior, said. “That is something amazing. That is a long time.
“It’s amazing, a blessing to be a part of this team.
“I knew in my heart as our junior high class came up, we were going to be the ones to change things and make this team great.”
Pena and several of his friends from junior high days have helped the Pirates stand 12-4 over the past season and a half. Last season’s team with its 7-4 record posted the most victories in 14 years.
The last time the Pirates won eight games in a season was 1970, finishing 8-1. With Trimble Tech (2-3) in Fort Worth on Oct. 25 and Arlington Heights (1-4) at home on Nov. 8, eight wins certainly seems within their grasp.
They also play host to Southwest (4-1) on Oct. 18, one of their two toughest opponents (along with a trip to 5-0 Aledo, No. 1 in the state, on Nov. 1).
Junior tight end Thomas Weaver, whose dad was in elementary school in 1968, said the team is careful not to let historical feats overwhelm them.
“We talked a little about getting to 5-0, and now going for 6-0, that stuff is always there, and we know it,” said the player also known as Thomas The Tank Engine.
“And it is pretty amazing that it hasn’t happened in that long time. But most important is to win, and then we can talk history.”
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