The Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates hosted the Lost River Raiders today for a 2A State Quarterfinal Matchup. It was a beautiful day for a game of football, sunshine with a bit of breeze.
Both teams appeared to be evenly matched as the first quarter carried on, neither being able to put points on the score board. Lost River was able to finally beat the Pirate's defense, scoring a touchdown followed by an extra point. The Pirates were able to get close to the end zone, but it was always just out of reach. Going into halftime, the Raiders held a 7-0 lead over the Pirates.
Despite the excitement and large crowd rooting the Pirates, the 3rd quarter proved to be a tough quarter. Lost River was able to score twice more, extending their lead to 21. Their dominance prevented the Pirates from putting any points on the board. The Pirates were able to hold the Raiders from scoring in the 4th quarter, but were unable to score any points themselves.
The Raiders were able to pick up the winner moves on Quarterfinal Game, 21-0, ending the Pirates season.
The loss is only the second loss of the season for the Pirates, who were the 2A Special District 1 Champions. Their only other loss came to 3A school Amity High School (Amity is ranked 2 in 3A classifications and is in the semi-finals). The Pirates were also able to improve upon last year, beating rival Knappa as well as making it to the Quarter Finals in the playoffs. Last year, the Pirates fell in Round 1.
Congratulations to the Pirates for a great season!
Also of note: Announced at the game, Coach Chris Bennett has been honored as Coach Of The Year. Congratulations, Coach!