A NEW BEGINNING: Granbury Pirate head football coach Scotty Pugh walks onto the new synthetic turf on Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium shortly after midnight Sunday night/Monday morning for Midnight Madness. The first practice of the football season, held under the lights, annually signals the beginning of a new season. This is the fifth season for Midnight Madness, and in each of the previous four the Pirates showed significant improvement in the ensuing season, including reaching the playoffs the past three. It was also the first activity on the state-of-the-art new turf, which was installed during the summer. The Pirates will play their first game on the new field Sept. 6 against Fort Worth North Side.