Late field goal lifts team to 3-0 record
MANSFIELD – Prior to Friday’s game against Lake Ridge, Granbury head coach Scotty Pugh said the Eagles are typical of what his team will see in the upcoming District 7-4A season.
The Pirates had better get their rest during the off week. Seven more weeks of this will require a lot of energy.
The teams raced up and down the field at R.L. Anderson Stadium before Jacob Rose’s 22-yard field goal with five seconds left gave the Pirates a heart-pounding 44-41 victory.
“We knew it was going to be like this based on what we saw last week,” Pugh said, referring to Lake Ridge’s season-opening 77-75 triple-overtime victory against Burleson Centennial.
“But it was what we needed to see. We needed to be in a ballgame like that.”
The win improved the Pirates to 3-0 for the first time since 2006. They are idle this week before opening District 7-4A play against Fort Worth South Hills (3-0) at Handley Field on Sept. 27.
The game appeared headed to overtime when Rose’s 46-yard attempt fell short with just over a minute to play. However, the Eagles (1-1) were penalized for a personal foul as they tried to go over the center to attempt to block the field goal.
A similar call was made in the Houston Texans’ 31-28 victory against San Diego the previous Monday.
“I think it’s important they protect the center,” said Pugh. “But you can’t blame their kids for their effort.”
The ball was moved to the Lake Ridge 15-yard line. A 5-yard pass from Ryan Suitt to Malik Allen was followed by runs of 3 yards and 2 yards by Suitt to move the ball to the 5, where it was set up for Rose to kick from the 12.
“I just thought about all those times we do it every day in practice,” Rose said of the game-winning kick. “It was like clockwork, but it wouldn’t have been without a great snap from Tristen (Gilmore) and a great hold from Ryan (Suitt) – and the line did a great job of blocking.”
It was Rose’s third field goal of the contest. He also had one of 37 yards to pull the Pirates to within 27-24 at halftime and a 25-yarder for a 41-34 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Lake Ridge had tied the game at 41 when Duke Carter scored on a 3-yard run with 2:55 left. He had earlier opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown on the first play.
Neither team could shake the other all evening. Lake Ridge took leads of 7-0, 14-7, 21-14, and 27-21, only to see the Pirates answer each time.
Granbury took its first lead, 31-27, on Peyton Gilmore’s 6-yard run with 7:20 left in the third. It capped one of the evening’s two longest drives – both by the Pirates – as it consumed 4:40.
It was less than a half minute later, however, before Lake Ridge regained the lead, 34-31, on a 51-yard touchdown pass to finish off a 77-yard drive that used just 26 seconds.
Suitt’s third rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 11 yards, put Granbury back on top 38-34 in the final minute of the third quarter. Then, after getting the ball back when the Eagles surrendered the ball on fourth down at their own 38, the Pirates had their most time-consuming drive of the night.
They used 5:33 of the clock before Rose’s 25-yard field goal put the Pirates up 41-34.
The Pirates controlled the ball for over 13 more minutes than the Eagles. This included having possession for 17 and a half minutes in the second half.
“I’m proud of my coaching staff. They did a great job of adjusting at halftime,” said Pugh.
“They challenged our offense to come out and run the ball, keep it away from them.”
The Pirates finished with 88 yards rushing, 49 coming on the first TD drive in the second half.
Suitt overcame four first-half sacks and finished with 360 passing yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to Malik Allen. Nick Doughty led all Granbury receivers with seven catches for 166 yards.
ONE BREAK ALL THAT WAS NEEDED
The teams combined for almost 1,000 yards of offense. Still, the defense did play a role in the Pirates’ win, Pugh said.
“We told the defense to break serve one time and give us a chance to take advantage of it,” he said. “We broke serve and it gave us momentum.”
The Pirates also overcame several bouts with cramps. Numerous players had to leave the game temporarily after going down.
“It was an incredible feeling to finally win this game,” Rose said. “It was the most athletic team we’ve played all season, and it was a hot environment.”
Whereas Lake Ridge was involved in a high-tempo game the week before, the Pirates played everyone on the roster in a 42-0 win over Fort Worth North Side. Starters rested in the second half.
“We couldn’t drink enough water to keep from cramping,” said Pugh.
“It’s going to take everybody for us this season.”
SOUTH HILLS’ strong start
NO SURPRISE TO PUGH
South Hills is also off to a 3-0 start. But unlike the Pirates, the Scorpions’ record might be surprising to many, but not Pugh.
“We’re not surprised South Hills is 3-0. They have an all-district sophomore receiver, a great young quarterback,” said Pugh.
“And they’re going to be extremely ready for us.”
And like Lake Ridge, the Scorpions possess speed. But then, speed and quickness are regular qualities among the Fort Worth schools in 7-4A.
Of course, the same is true of Aledo, the No. 1 team in the state, the other 3-0 squad in the district.
“It’s a great advantage for us to go into the off week with a win,” said Pugh. “We’re going to need the rest.”
Pirates 44, Eagles 41
Granbury 7 17 14 6 – 44
Lake Ridge 14 13 7 7 – 41
LR – Duke Carter 75 run (Julio Olvera kick)
GB – Ryan Suitt 2 run (Jacob Rose kick)
LR – Jett Duffey 5 run (Olvera kick)
GB – Suitt 3 run (Rose kick)
LR – Savaughn Anderson 21 pass from Duffey (Olvera kick)
GB – Malik Allen 47 pass from Suitt (Rose kick)
LR – Hakeer Kaymore 8 pass from Duffey (kick failed)
GB – Rose 37 FG
GB – Peyton Gilmore 6 run (Rose kick)
LR – Kaymore 51 pass from Duffey (Olvera kick)
GB – Suitt 11 run (Rose kick)
GB – Rose 25 FG
LR – Carter 3 run (Olvero kick)
GB – Rose 22 FG
First downs 28 22
Rushes-yards 26-88 39-258
Passing yards 360 283
Passes 17-34-0 15-25-0
Punts-avg. 4-38.0 2-33.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties 6-45 11-103
Granbury: Malik Allen 14-75, Peyton Gilmore 8-23, Ryan Suitt 18-(-10).
Lake Ridge: Duke Carter 18-152, Jett Duffey 12-64, Deondre Jones 9-42.
Granbury: Suitt 17-34-0-360.
Lake Ridge: Duffey 15-25-0-283.
Granbury: Nick Doughty 7-166; Allen 5-61, Austin Stufflebean 2-47, Skylar Baskin 1-44, Jacob Rose 2-42.
Lake Ridge: Jalyn Hernandez 9-182, Savaughn Anderson 3-72, Isaiah Jones 1-11, Carter 1-8, Hakeer Kaymore 1-8.
Granbury tackles – Landon Gray 14, Dirk Glenn 13, Kevin Hennard 8, Tristen Gilmore 6.
Granbury tackles for loss – Gray 2, Glenn 2.
Granbury sacks – Glenn 1.
Granbury 8-16, Lake Ridge 2-10.
Granbury 2-2, Lake Ridge 2-5.
Time of possession
Granbury 30:22, Lake Ridge 17:28.