Pirates continue 7-on-7 success at Stephenville

Continuing what has been a strong summer for their 7-on-7 football program, the Granbury Pirates made short work of three opponents in the Stephenville Touornament Saturday.

The Pirates averaged nearly 50 points per game in blasting Little River Academy 48-20, Clyde 45-19, and Whitney 54-13.

“The cool thing is we had 15 kids today, a lot of guys showed up,” said Granbury 7-on-7 coach Dirk Suitt.

“That helped us out a lot. We executed well and got some great reps.”

The Pirates had been playing with 10 to 12 players each game previously. Still, that hadn’t stopped them getting off to a great start, including winning the championship of the Burleson Tournament.

The three victories in Stephenville improved the Pirates to 16-3 in 7-on-7 play this summer.

Suitt said the team chose to play in Stephenville instead of traveling to South Texas for a tournament because it was a chance for Tarleton State University coaches to see them. Former Pirate Tyler Wright, also a 7-on-7 coach, plays wide receiver for the Texans.

“It was a no-brainer to me,” said Suitt.

Suitt said the Pirates began the day a little slow, then took command.

“We just switched gears and hit overdrive,” he said. “We scored about 20 straight points and got on a roll.

“We also had a bunch of interceptions. It’s hard to get interceptions in this game with all the short passes, but we were in the right place.”

The Pirates will p[lay in their final tournament of the season Saturday at Arlington Bowie. Well, that is unless they qualify for state by finishing in the top two, as the tourney is a state qualifier.

“We’ll be the only 4A team in the group, unless somebody gets in at the last minute,” said Suitt. “But people are scrambling.

“That would be a nice reward for our kids if they qualify for state. But either way they’ve still had a great summer and got a lot of work done.”

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