Pirates extend league win streak to 14
GOSNELL ó The Gosnell Pirates are another step closer to defending their 3-4A conference championship.
The Pirates held off Pocahontas, 26-19, Friday night for their 14th consecutive league win, a streak that dates back to 2015.
The win keeps Gosnell (5-3, 5-0 3-4A) in control of first place in the league with two games remaining.
Playing without star quarterback Brandon Partee, Gosnell still managed to make some big plays and churn out tough yardage on the ground, rushing 52 times for 260 yards and totaling 295.
Pocahontas tied the game, 19-19, with 10:24 left, when quarterback Devon Adams snuck it in from four yards out.
Gosnell answered with what would be the game-winning drive on the ensuing possession, going 47 yards in 10 plays and using up nearly five minutes of clock.
Quarterback Brett Barbaree converted a key third down on the series with a four-yard run up the middle.
Later, Cadarius Young capped the drive by punching it in from a yard out with 5:35 to play, and the PAT put the Pirates ahead, 26-19.
Then, the Pirate defense deflected an Adamsí pass on fourth down with 3:11 left, giving it back to the offense.
Young was injured on the next play and had to be helped off the field. The Pirates still managed to run out the clock, with a four-yard run by Brian Denkins on third down sealing the game.
Pocahontas jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Adams at the 5:50 mark and a two-yard Travis Whiley run with 26.6 seconds showing in the period.
The Pirates answered with a big second quarter, scoring 19 points in an 11-minute span.
On the third play of the second quarter, Jydarian Young raced 64 yards to paydirt to cut the lead in half, 12-6, with 11:04 left in the half.
|On the ensuing possession, Pocahontas drove from its own 39 to the Gosnell 24. However, Gosnellís Cameron Morris came up with a big defensive play on fourth down. The Pirates sacked Adams, forcing a fumble and Morris scooped it up for a 73-yard touchdown with 9:28 left in the half.||The scoop-and-score tied the game 12-12.|
After a quick stop, the Pirates took their first lead of the game, driving from their own 20 to paydirt in 13 plays.
On his only pass of the first half, Barbaree connected with Trajan Donnerson for a 33-yard touchdown up the left sideline. Zach Kiblerís PAT gave Gosnell a 19-12 lead with 1:13 left in the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Pocahontas pulled even early in the fourth quarter, before C. Youngís game-winner.
J. Young led Gosnell with eight carries for 87 yards, while C. Young added 13 carries for 64. Brian Denkins rushed 14 times for 55 yards, and Barbaree ran it 10 times for 43.
Adams was 21 of 31 passing for 216 yards, and he ran the ball 18 times for 52 yards to lead the Redskins.
Gosnell travels to Westside on Friday night with a chance to lock up at least a share of the conference championship.
Westside (6-2, 4-1) is tied with Trumann for second, a game behind Gosnell in the standings.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.