It was a dream homecoming.
For the Granbury Pirates.
For the O.D. Wyatt Chapparals the evening was more of a nightmare.
The Pirates won 56-13, scoring touchdowns in just about every imaginable form, to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in District 7-4A. It’s the first time a Granbury football team has stood 5-0 since 1981.
“It’s a blessing to be a part of this team and to do what we’ve done so far,” said wide receiver/kicker Jacob Rose.
“It’s definitely a great experience to be a part of this team. You see it’s full potential, and we’re not stopping anytime soon.”
The Pirates are now on the verge of becoming the first 6-0 GHS squad since 1968. They travel to Fort Worth Friday to face Western Hills (0-5, 0-2) and the Cougars’ Wing-T offense at Farrington Field.
While the Cougars come into the game winless, it’s hard to imagine they’d be less of a challenge than the clearly outmanned Chapparals (1-4, 0-2). Granbury led 35-0 after the first quarter, getting a 43-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ryan Suitt on their first play from scrimmage.
That was followed by a 61-yard TD punt return by Kevin Hennard, who would later add a 39-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Malik Allen had first-quarter touchdown runs of 5 and 9 yards.
And Terry Barrington wrapped up the first-period onslaught when he intercepted a deflected pass and raced 29 yards into the end zone for his first varsity touchdown.
Peyton Gilmore’s 9-yard touchdown run put the Pirates up 49-7 at the half. Cole Davis concluded the Granbury scoring when he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Dillon Graham in the third quarter – the only Pirate pass of the game.
It was also Davis’ first varsity TD, along with being Graham’s first touchdown pass as a varsity quarterback.
“This is a fantastic homecoming. It’s nice seeing everybody (former players/students) come back, and this is the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen here,” said Davis.
“First touchdown, 5-0 start, we win, what a great evening.”
QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY
The Pirates had the ball for all of five minutes and four seconds in the first half, averaging 10 points a minute.
“It happened in a hurry, and it snowballed,” said head coach Scotty Pugh, whose team has won 12 of 16 dating back to last season.
The crowd, estimated at around 7,500, was among the largest ever at Pirate Stadium. It included former players and dignitaries.
“Our kids fed off the crowd and the atmosphere. That was a big reason for the fast start,” said Pugh.
“This is a great accomplishment for them as a football team, being 5-0. It’s something to celebrate tonight, but the thing we wanted to focus on was playing better tonight than last Friday (a 24-21 win over South Hills).
“The teams and games are going to get tougher, and we’ve got to continue to get better.”
While there was plenty to celebrate, Pugh said the coach in him did see some things to work on as the team chases what looks to be a fourth consecutive playoff berth – something only accomplished once before (1965-68).
“I was pleased with how we started, not how we finished,” he said. “We’ve got to get our backups more reps in practice. But it is good they were able to play again tonight and get that game experience. That’s very valuable.”
The Pirate reserves, Pugh was quick to note, were going up against Wyatt starters.
Granbury forced five turnovers, including three fumble recoveries in the second half by Spencer Martin, Brendan King and Austin Lawler. Also, Cody Odom had a first-quarter interception at the Wyatt 9 to set up Allen’s second TD, followed by Barrington’s interception for a score.
Lawler’s fumble recovery brought back memories of former Dallas Cowboy Leon Lett. Wyatt blocked a Pirate field goal attempt, but instead of letting the ball go out of bounds, a Chapparal touched it, making it a live ball, which Lawler jumped on to give Granbury a new set of downs.
Granbury and Wyatt combined for 15 fumbles, nine by Wyatt and six by Granbury – with the Pirates losing two.
The Pirates have outscored their two opponents on the new synthetic turf on Johnny Perkins Field 98-13 this season. In their only other home game they cruised past North Side 42-0.
And just like in that game, everyone on the roster got to play Friday night.
“Homecoming, everybody played, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Pugh said.
Along with the in-game highlights, one of the players, Drew Estes, was named homecoming king to accompany homecoming queen Marley Weeks.
“It was just a really good night,” said Pugh. “This is where memories are made – and we made a lot of memories tonight.”
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PIRATES 56, CHAPPARALS 13
O.D. Wyatt 0 7 0 6 – 13
Granbury 35 14 7 0 – 56
G – Ryan Suitt 43 run (Jacob Rose kick)
G – Kevin Hennard 61 punt return (Rose kick)
G – Malik Allen 5 run (Rose kick)
G – Allen 9 run (Rose kick)
G – Terry Barrington 29 interception return (Rose kick)
G – Hennard 39 punt return (Rose kick)
G – Peyton Gilmore 9 run (Rose kick)
W – Javonte Adams 44 run (Julian Gonzales kick)
G – Cole Davis 18 pass from Dillon Graham (Christian Gamez kick)
W – Byron Smith 4 run (kick failed)
First downs 8 16
Rushes-yards 35-143 50-266
Passing yards 8 18
Passes 4-13-2 1-1-0
Punts-avg. 5-29.4 1-43.0
Fumbles-lost 9-3 6-2
Penalties-yards 7-50 7-45
Wyatt – Javonte Adams 16-76, Trae Dary 1-70, Channing Crossley 4-15.
Granbury – Ryan Suitt 2-61, Peyton Gilmore 4-58, Travis Donahue 10-47, Brice Ables 7-45, Malik Allen 7-34.
Wyatt – Michael Thomas 3-8-2, 3 yards; Broderick Murphy 1-5-0, 5 yards.
Granbury – Dillon Graham 1-1-0, 18 yards.
Wyatt – Desmon Martin 3-6; Barry Handy 1-2.
Granbury – Cole Davis 1-18.
Granbury tackles – Colton McDonald 8, Kevin Hennard 6.
Granbury sack – Iza Villareal.
Granbury fumble recoveries – Spencer Martin, Brendan King, Austin Lawler.
Granbury interceptions – Cody Odom, Terry Barrington.
Granbury punt returns – Kevin Hennard 2-100.
Time of possession