August 26, 2011
Eleven starters (seven offense and four defense) are returning from the 2010 squad, which advanced to the Class 4A Division I playoffs. It was the first bi-district appearance since 1977 – and the first post-season play since 1987, when the team competed in a zone playoff game.
“We’re really not focused on that,” commented head coach Scotty Pugh, referring to the playoff hullabaloo. “We’re more concerned with the process of getting to the prize than the prize itself at the moment.”
The “prize” is something that many observers think the Pirates will earn. The premier publication Dave Campbell’s Texas Football predicted a playoff spot.
Naming Granbury as one of the best bets for the playoffs, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote in its District 7-4A preview: “The Pirates were one of the feel-good stories from 2010, making the playoffs for the first time since 1977. The majority of the offense (seven starters) that led the charge return, including Brandon Davis at running back, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.”
“If we get better with each game, we’ll get the prize. That’s how we got there last season,” Pugh said. “You either get better or you get worse as the season progresses, and last season we got better, which is what we plan to do again this year.”
The varsity roster includes Clayton Adams, Daniel Arnett, Vince Atalig, Kyle Bailey, Ryan Bartosh, Barry Beadle, Caleb Bendewald, Matthew Bhatty, Slade Boynton, Michael Brawley, J.D. Brewer, Ayden Broadwater, Jacob Cain, Harrison Campbell, Joshua Carpenter, Preston Chapman, Brent Condit, Patrick Cronin, Brandon Davis, Carson Fair, Nick Fotu, Quade Gibson, Ashton Goodson, Conner Green, Jeremy Green, Ashton Guerra, Jonas Gutierrez, Juan Gutierrez, Cameron Hatfield, Payden Henderson, Jacob Hinojosa, Travis Hord, Michael Horn, Tyler Huddleston, Justin James, Tyler Jones, Garrett King, Kyle Koiner, Trevor Lawrence, Kade Long, Justice Love, Tom Lowry, Jacob Mathis, Kelba McGrew, Mike Milson, Nate Milson, Dakota Morgan, James Osborn, Zach Patterson, Dakota Phillips, Joseph Pilgrim, Clayton Pollard, Bobby Price, Brady Retz, Chris Richardson, Scotty Richey, Seth Richey, Dylan Rohr, Joel Sandoval, Kwaun Shaw, Jason Shepard, Johnny Shepard, Micah Smith, Nick Swanson, Tyler Titus, Nick Tull, Nathan Urbanovsky, Steven Veliz, Charles Wallace, Austin Walker, Thomas Watts, Baker White, Gabe White, Ulysses Wideman, Kelby Wiley, Tyler Wilkins, Trevor Wilson, Tanner Winn, Briley Wood, and Blake Wooten.
In addition to Pugh, the coaching staff includes assistant head coach Jay Pugh, offensive coordinator Jodie Scott, defensive coordinator B.J Carlton, Brad Eppler, Earl Gandy, Will Hedrick, Danny Jones, and Blaze Pendleton. Also assisting are freshman coaches Greg Belleau, Brad Hart, Trent Phillips, and Steve Ward.
Handling sports medicine duties are athletic trainers Andy Rankin and Connie Rhodes and student trainers Bob Burnham, Treasure Colladay, Madison Dove, Charlie Houk, Mitchell Knox, Emily Phillips, Cody Reynolds, Katie Siegler, and Paige Tull.
Managers are Morgan Collins, Brandy Garner, Chelsey Lage, Brooke Like, Carly Lynch, Brently Miles, Judith Orellana, Brooke Perritt, Avery Railsback, Gentry Railsback, Aubrey Reinhardt, and Brittani Tamayo.
Following Saginaw, the Pirates begin the season with games against Trophy Club Byron Nelson and Carrollton R.L. Turner. District 7-4A foes are Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Cleburne, Crowley, Everman, Joshua, and Mansfield Summit.