Several members of this year’s Pirate football team have made All-District teams.
On the first team offense, senior Brad Lewis made quarterback and senior Kaymon Farmer made receiver. Farmer also made first team as a linebacker. On first team defense, senior Victor Lee was named to the defensive line, senior Bear Bradley made inside linebacker, and senior Shawn Baldemar made utility player. Johnathan Boyd, a sophomore, was named as a specialty player to the first team as well.
On second team offense, Jacorian Smith, a senior, made running back; Ty Hammonds, a junior, and K. B. Brannon, a senior, made receiver; and Brian Taylor, a junior, made offensive back. Second team defense saw junior K. J. Williams make the defensive line and senior Dre Allen made defensive back.
On honorable mentions, Bradley was chosen for wide receiver. Juniors Daniel Quinones and Caleb Massey and sophomore Tajawin Smith received honorable mentions for the offensive line.
Chico Martinez, a junior, received the honorable mention fighting heart. For honorable mention in the kicker category, senior Luis Ramirez and sophomore Daniel Silva received mentions. Senior Lane Davis received an honorable mention for deep snapper. On special teams, Santos Mata, a senior, received a mention.
Seniors Pat Woods, Jalen Williams, Gavin Nelson, Reggie Harkey, Damien Dollins and Jacob Jones each received an honorable mention for the defensive line. Receiving an honorable mention for outside linebacker were junior Dee Moton and sophomore Carl Leonard, and for inside linebacker, senior Dylan Winchester and juniors Derek Allen and Coleton Searcy received mentions. Seniors Travis Miner and Jacorian Smith each received an honorable mention for defensive back.
LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL BY THE NUMBERS: Manley led the Pirates to a 12-2 record and a trip to the Class 3A Division II state semifinals ... The Pirates opened the season with four consecutive wins before falling to Class 4A Lindale (43-33) in the non-district finale. Pittsburg defeated Atlanta, New Boston, Liberty-Eylau, Mount Vernon and Pleasant Grove to win the District 16-3A championship — scoring at least 31 points in each game and topping 40 points twice. In the playoffs, the Pirates defeated Quinlan Ford (53-13), Kennedale (21-17) and Pleasant Grove (55-34) before falling to Graham (27-20) in a Division II semifinal.
NAME: Robert Manley| SCHOOL: Pittsburg
BY THE NUMBERS: Manley led the Pirates to a 12-2 record and a trip to the Class 3A Division II state semifinals ... The Pirates opened the season with four consecutive wins before falling to Class 4A Lindale (43-33) in the non-district finale. Pittsburg defeated Atlanta, New Boston, Liberty-Eylau, Mount Vernon and Pleasant Grove to win the District 16-3A championship — scoring at least 31 points in each game and topping 40 points twice. In the playoffs, the Pirates defeated Quinlan Ford (53-13), Kennedale (21-17) and Pleasant Grove (55-34) before falling to Graham (27-20) in a Division II semifinal.
Q The 2009 team brought back several key players from a 7-4 playoff team. You had to know the Pirates had a chance for a good season, but did you expect 12 wins and for this group to advance so deep in the playoffs?
A We knew we had a chance. Things came together perfect for us.
Q When did you realize this team had the potential to put together the season it did?
A In the middle of district. We really started to jell as a team.
Q How rewarding was it to be able to coach your son (Manley's son, Mitch, is a two-year starter at quarterback for the Pirates)?
A It's awesome. I'm so proud to get to be with him every day and on Friday nights.
Q What is the best part about being a coach?
A Getting to have fun every day at work. Being around the kids is great.
Q What is the toughest part about being a coach?
A Having to make tough decisions for the team.
Q If you had to pick one game or one play that defined the 2009 season for the Pirates, what would it be?
A The last-minute drive vs. Kennedale. Our team never surrendered. (Pittsburg drove 81 yards in nine plays — with no timeouts — scoring on a 19-yard pass from Mitch Manley to Demarcus Armstrong with 29 seconds remaining to earn a 21-17 win over Kennedale in the second round of the playoffs).
Q Favorite athlete?
A Dick Butkus
Q Favorite food?
Q Dream vehicle?
A 1968 Firebird (I had one in high school).
Q Favorite song?
A "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash
Q Favorite sports movie?
A "Remember the Titans"
Q If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A To put all of our kids in good homes.
Q Where will you be and what will you be doing in 10 years?
A I hope to still be coaching Texas high school football.
Q Did you know?
A I get to work way too early — sometimes 4 or 5 a.m. I just can't get enough. I can cook, sew, love to hunt and fish. I am a mama's boy and proud of it.
Senior Ted Burns receives the "Built Ford Tough Award" at Friday's Pep Rally.
Pittsburg High School tailback Ted Burns was honored Friday as the Class 3A Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week for week six of the season.
The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program honors one student-athlete in six of the state's athletic classifications every week during the high school football regular season for his accomplishments on and off the field.
- Burns carried 29 times for 243 yards and scored four touchdowns (65, 40, 10 and 6 yards) and also caught two passes for 33 yards in the Pirates' 38-13 win over Atlanta.
Pittsburg 21 - Kennedale 17 | Final
MESQUITE--Mitch Manley threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to DeMarcus Armstrong with 29 seconds left to lift Pittsburg (11-1) past Kennedale 21-17 in a Class 3A-Division II, Region II Semifinal at E.H. Hanby Stadium.
Pirates are District Champions over Pleasant Grove 42-25
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg wrapped up a perfect run through District 16-3A. Ted Burns made sure of that.
Burns scored five touchdowns, rushed for 390 yards and the Pirates secured a 42-25 win Friday over Pleasant Grove at Pirate Stadium. The Hawks wrapped up a playoff berth despite the loss as Liberty-Eylau claimed a 48-18 win over New Boston.
The Pirates (9-1, 5-0) scored on all but one possession in the second half, not counting the final drive when time ran out as they reached the Pleasant Grove red zone. Mitch Manley raced for a 25-yard TD with 2:37 left for Pitt's final touchdown.
Pittsburg finished with 550 yards of total offense, and Pleasant Grove had 309.
The Hawks scored twice in the final 1:55 of the first half to knot the score entering intermission. Sandwiched between the pair of Graves' rushing TDs was Burns' 71-yard romp down the left sideline on a direct snap.
Burns had 123 yards rushing and both Pirate scores in the half.
|Score by QUARTERS||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||OT||Final|
|Pleasant Grove (7-3)||0||14||3||8||-||25|