2017-09-13 / School & Sports

Pirates Lose to Eagles, 34-23

By: Glenda Bailey


Mitchell County Eagles defense proved too much for the Pirates. Mitchell County Eagles defense proved too much for the Pirates. It was nice cool breezy evening to have a football game; the harvest moon was shining bright up in the night sky as this game between the Miller County Pirates and the Mitchell County Eagles came face-to-face on the rectangle field. Pirate Captains were Hayes Cleveland, Chris Stovall, Austin Dollar, and GJ Douglas and for the Eagles DeShaun Sherman, James Thomas, Malik Barnes, and Jadakiss Harvey.

Miller was on the receiving end of the pig as the game got underway with Mitchell’s squib kick and took over at their own 46 yard line. It only took the Pirates four drives to pick up a 45 yard rushing touchdown by Chris Stovall. The point attempt was good, putting the Pirates on the scoreboard first: Pirates-7 and Eagles 0.

Miller County kicked off to Mitchell County, and the Eagles started on their own 35 yard line. Unfortunately the Eagles had to turn over the possession of the little pig after the Pirates clipped their wings. Then the rolls reversed as the Pirates had to punt the pig to the Eagles, and Mitchell County took over on their own 24 yard line. Great defense was led by the Black Death Defense: Dalton Gowan, Tucker Spence, Joe Hawkins, Javaris Butler, and mass of Pirate defenders who played hard all night long. But, first and 10 from their own 26 yard line, Mitchell’s #16 Jamie Lewis broke out with a 74 yard rushing touchdown, and the point attempt was between the poles, bringing the score to a tie, 7-7.

Next to score was Mitchell County’s QB #6 James Thomas with a 30 yard rushing touchdown and adding the point attempt with Thomas moving the score to 7-14 in favor of the Eagles as the first quarter came to an end.

During the second quarter, fans saw a lot of great defensive plays made by our Pirates; Hayes Cleveland introduced himself to an Eagle receiver. If this game had been at the Pirates’ Stadium; we would have heard Mr. Charles Thorne say, “Hello Darling.” Jamiyen Miller, Chris Stovall, GJ Douglas, Tucker Spence, Austin Dollar, Briar Johnson, Kohler Tabb, and Rodney Washington played hard making great tackles.

During half time, Mitchell fans and Pirate fans were entertained by the Miller County Marching Pirates Pride Band under the direction of Mrs. Holly Thomas. The band presented a show featuring songs from the decades. The Pirate Pride Marching Band is under the field direction of Drum Major Sophia Roland, Assistant Drum Major is Lizzie Horne; Band Captain is Page Spence; Color Guard Captain is Zy Bush, and co-captain is Kimberly Perkins. Auxiliary Coach is Mrs. Krista Womack; Majorette Captain is Lexie Snell; and Feature Twirler is Karsyn Blanchard. Song selections included “Hard Days Nights” by the Beatles; “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5; “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi; “Smell like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana; “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson; and “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. The Pirate Pride dedicated their half-time show to the strong men and women who have faced cancer.

The third quarter opened up with our Pirates kicking off the Eagles. First and 10 on the Pirates’ 48 yard line, Miller County held the Eagles causing turnover on downs with the Pirates having the pig on their own 22 yard line. Pirate Austin Dollar shot in with a 4-yard rushing touchdown while MC’s #21 Chris Stovall ran hard, picking up a 2 point conversion holding the pig on his back. The game was 15-14 Pirates’ favor.

Next Mitchell County’s #6 James Thomas scored on a 35 yard rushing touchdown with Thomas also tacking the two point conversion, bringing the score to Pirates-15, Eagles 22. Miller County’s Chris Stovall answered back with a 5-yard rushing touchdown and also tacking the two point conversion as well, in turn giving the Pirates a one point lead as the end of the third quarter.

In the last final quarter, it was a heart-breaker as Mitchell County’s #6 James Thomas scores on a 42 yard rushing touchdown and 86 yard rushing touchdown. The Black Death Defense held the Eagles from tacking on the 2 point conversion and point attempt failed, but Mitchell was up 23-34.

What can we say, except Mitchell County referees strike again? Several awful calls again.

Stats for Miller County are Rushing Yards 57 for 290 and 4 for 14 passing for 28 yards. Chris Stovall had 42 carries for 247 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 two point conversions, and Rod Wilson had 6 carries for 51 yards. On Mitchell’s side they had 43 rushes for 402 yards with 4 touchdowns, 9 for 16 passing for 79 yards.

The Miller County Pirates will sail again back over to Mitchell County to face Baconton with game time at 7:30. Everyone let’s get ready to sail again with our Pirates and pray that we have better officials.

Motto: Once a Pirate; Always a Pirate!

Prayer Request: This sports writer is asking everyone to please keep Mr. Terry Toole in your prayers. Mr. Terry is in the hospital over in Dothan, Alabama.

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