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October 13, 2012

Pirates derail the L-train, 66-6

VIDOR — The Lumberton Raiders did not enjoy their trip to Pirate Stadium Friday night as the Vidor Pirates sent them home with a lopsided 66-6 loss. The Raiders would win the toss to start the game, but it would be all downhill from there as the Pirates put points on the board with their first eight possessions and eventually eclipsed 600 total yards of offense.

 The Pirate defense was sharp in the first half forcing three-and-outs on four of Lumberton’s first six possessions.

The Pirate offense had no difficulty moving the ball on the ground as there were seven players who averaged over 10 yards a carry and six different Pirates carried the ball across the goal line. The unit as a whole amassed an amazing 622 yards.

Montana Quirante would lead the way, accumulating 145 yards on the ground including two touchdowns while Justin Moore gained 130 yards with two touchdowns as well. Bryce Cooper would catch the only Pirate completion and he took it to the house for a 45-yard reception.

The Raiders (0-6, 0-3) did have a few bright spots on the night. Josh Watson managed to navigate through the defense for 156 yards on 24 carries. Drew Manley provided the only touchdown with a one yard QB sneak mid way through the second quarter.

After the Pirate defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive, the offense set up shop on their own 37. It only took four plays to find the end zone as  Quirante found Cooper all alone behind the secondary for a 45-yard touchdown pass. Kicker Michael Tamayo would add the extra point as the Pirates were on the board with 8:49 left in the first quarter.

The Pirate defense would force another three-and-out giving the ball back to the offense on the 50. This time it would take five plays before Sage Smith cruised into the end zone for a quick 31-yard run. After Tamayo’s kick the Pirates Lead 14-0 with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.

After yet another three-and-out the Pirate offense would return the field on their own 45. Again they would waste no time as the third play of the drive resulted in a 38-yard touchdown run by Quirante. Tamayo would succeed again on the point-after to extend the lead to 21-0 with 3:42 left still in the first quarter.

In response, the Raiders would show some signs of life putting together their only scoring drive of the night. They would use 14 plays to gain the 75 yards needed for the score. Josh Watson would pick up 44 yards on eight carries but it would be Manley who capped off the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak. They decided to go for the two-point conversion but  Quirante would step in front of the pass to pick it off. The scoreboard would read 21-6 with 8:47 remaining until halftime.

The Pirate defense would stand tall for the rest of the night as the Raiders would not enter the red zone for the rest of the night.

The offense would continue to roll needing only five plays to reach the end zone again. This time Jeremy Stephenson would do the honors carrying the ball eight yards for the score. Tamayo’s kick extended the lead to 28-6 with 6:58 remaining in the half.

On the Pirates next possession they would take over and go 82 yards from pay dirt. On the ninth play of the drive Quirante would navigate his way through the defense for a 17-yard touchdown. After the point-after the scoreboard would read 35-6 with 1:34 remaining until halftime.

The Pirates would get the ball back with 38 seconds left until the half on their own 42. Runs from Geth Simmons and Thomas Novak would set up a long 40-yard field goal by Tamayo who nailed the kick with some distance to spare to sent the Pirates the locker room with a 38-6 half time lead.

The second half would be more of the same for the Pirates. The second half would feature two touchdown carries by Justin Moore of six yards and 13 yards, a 47-yard touchdown run by Thomas Novak, and a 74-yard tote by Zack Massey that resulted in Vidor’s final score of the night.

Next week the Pirates will try to keep the momentum going as they travel to Beaumont to take on the Central Jaguars.

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