2012-10-10 / Front Page

Pirates shut out Cougars, 22-0

By Glenda Bailey

Merritt cranks out another long, completed pass. Merritt cranks out another long, completed pass. Prior to game-time, our Miller County Pirate Pride Marching Band performed a pre-game show. The Pirate fans enjoyed listening to “Hey Song,” “Heard It through the Grapevine,” and our own MCHS Alma Mater. Big thanks go out to Miss Holly Thomas, Miss Niki Masters Nixon, Ms. Brianna Smith (drum major), color guards, and the band for an awesome pre-game show.

Captains for the game were #2 Alvin Hooker, #10 Marvin Grant, #60 Alex Anderson and #70 Jakell Roseborough and for the Calhoun County Cougars: #3 Xavior Johnson, #7 Marquil Middleton, and #55 Adolphis Johnson. Officials and captains met at midfield for the coin toss with the Cougars receiving the opening kick-off.

The first half of this game was slightly nerve-racking as both teams seem to have been “fumbly” with the pig. With only a minute and 41 seconds left in the first quarter, Buck Merritt connected with #12 Josh Kilpatrick on an 18-yard pass in the end zone to score a touchdown, and #23 Justin Williams’ point attempt was in between the poles putting Miller County on the scoreboard.

In the second quarter, the Cougars had several opportunities to score, but the Pirates’ Black Death Defense stood strong, power housing the snarling Cougars from scoring. Richard Sheffield, Quantavious Thomas, Antwan Oliver, Jakell Roseborough, Jackson Fleet, Brandon Benton, Jacolby Jones, Damion Calloway, David Sisson, TJ Means, and Big Nick Huntley played great defense to keep the Cougars in their own den. As the first half came to an end, the Pirates held the lead 7-0.

In the second half, the third quarter was pointless and again a little edgy for our Pirates. But as the fourth quarter came around, the traditional fourth quarter hand raise was done by our boys dressed in red and white. Pirate fans knew what our team was ready to accomplish. Jacolby Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone after #5 TJ Means ran hard for a 40 yard run. Then Jones caught a 25 yard pass from Buck Merritt. Next, the Black Death Defense put so much pressure on those Cougars that Pirate Defender #7 Marcus Hawkins tackled a running Cougar in the end zone for a safety.

Senior Marvin Grant led the Pirates with a total of 86 rushing yards on 14 carries. This win improved the Miller County Pirates’ overall record to 5-1 and 2-0 in the Region.

What is that saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going?” Please do not underestimate our Pirate football team and coaches. Coach Kill, Coach Houston, Coach Warren, and Coach Nate can always pull a rabbit out of their hat! Congratulations, coaches and Pirates football players, for your win over the Calhoun County Cougars, 22-0!

Next week, our Pirates will take to the road as they face the Randolph-Clay Red Devils. Game time is at 7:30.

Our coaches, players, band, and cheerleaders look forward to seeing all Pirate fans up in that neck of the woods.

Note: When it gets right down to the wood-chopping, the key to winning is confidence!

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