The Orange Leader
The Vidor Pirates will look to start off their 2013 football campaign the same way they opened up their 2012 one — beating the Santa Fe Indians.
The Pirates blasted the Indians 41-0 at home last year and will seek a win on the road this time around.
The Pirates went on to finish the 2012 season with a 9-2 record, a second-place finish in District 20-4A and advanced to the bidistrict round of the playoffs.
Things, however, never quite got going for the Indians as they went on to be winless at 0-10.
Vidor coach Jeff Mathews welcomes back 10 starters, six on offense and four on defense.
The Pirates were impressive in both their scrimmages against Orangefield and West Orange-Stark as they seek to make the playoffs for the third time in four years.
They’re looking to replace the exploits of graduated senior Montana Quirante at both quarterback and linebacker.
Geth Simmons has been looking good at quarterback in the preseason after shifting from running back.
Sage Smith, who rushed for close to 500 yards last year, returns at fullback and is a all-district type of linebacker. Jeremy Stephenson, who started most of the games as a sophomore, returns to the backfield as a senior after a ankle injury hampered throughout much of 2012.
The Pirates have most of their offensive line back intact including Tyler McDaniel, Jeremiah Chandler, Nathan Guidry and Gage Baker.
Smith returns at linebacker where he earned all-district honors. Alex Boutte should spearhead the secondary. The rangy safety picked off four passes last year.
Santa Fe coach Jay Buckner should look forward to having 13 starters returning.
They will be led by quarterback Ryan Scufka, who is mobile and has a good arm and tight end Colton Davis and running back Timmy Alcala.
Linebacker Matt Walton is back to lead a defense that gave up less than 40 points just twice in 2012.
The Pirates gained 396 yards in the win last year, including 381 on the ground. Meanwhile, the Vidor defense limited the Indians to just 27 total yards.
The Pirates will play host to Bridge City next week.