Pirates wrap up solid summer 7-on-7 slate

If the summer 7-on-7 season is anything of a preview for the fall, the Granbury Pirates are going to have a strong passing game and solid passing defense.

The Pirates enjoyed one of their best 7-on-7 seasons ever, despite falling short in their bid to qualify for the state tournament next month.

Granbury posted an 18-4 record. This included going undefeated in two tournaments at Burleson and Stephenville. In four other tournaments they only lost one game.

“The main thing is we got some valuable reps and saw some really good competition,” said Granbury 7-on-7 coach Dirk Suitt.

“With the exception of Aledo and Southwest, we saw stronger competition than we’re likely to see in district.”

Perennial power Aledo is picked to repeat as District 7-4A champions. Southwest, last season’s runner-up, and Granbury are expected to battle for second.

Granbury is seeking a fourth consecutive playoff berth, something that has only happened once before in Granbury football (1965-68).

The Pirates played their final tournament of the summer Saturday at Arlington Bowie. They finished second in their pool to Mansfield Summit.

The Pirates dropped their opening game to Summit, 26-12. They followed with a 32-25 win over Midlothian and a 34-21 victory against Coppell.

“We started kind of slow,” said Suitt. “We were competitive with Summit, and I was very impressed with how we played against Midlothian and Coppell.”

The Pirates trailed Summit 20-12 and were driving before a costly turnover ended their bid.

“It was a very good season,” said Suitt. “I think it will serve us well in the fall.”

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