Pirates contend late but fall to Plymouth, 23-17

Pirates contend late but fall to Plymouth, 23-17

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Pirates contend late but fall to Plymouth, 23-17

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QB Austin Staebler rushed for one score and threw for another in Thursday’s 23-17 loss by the Pirates.

QB Austin Staebler rushed for one score and threw for another in Thursday’s 23-17 loss by the Pirates.

Pirates football coach Jakob Gailitis wasn’t too discouraged after his team’s blowout loss to South Lyon in the season opener, 37-13.

The Pinckney football team validated his faith, despite losing to Plymouth 23-17 on Thursday night.

“It was a good game,” Gailitis said. “It was a great team effort and we had a chance at the end. We had the ball fourth-and-7 at their 40, but it wasn’t there for us.”

Austin Staebler threw for a touchdown and ran for another for the Pirates (0-2), who had trouble containing Plymouth senior wide receiver Victor Abraham.

“He’s 6-4, and he was the same kid who beat us last year,” Gailitis said. “He made some great catches and has a great vertical (leap). He climbed the ladder and made a catch over a DB who had played the ball perfectly.”

The Pirates got good offensive performances from Rory Poszywak, who averaged 5 yards per carry. Joey Bachmeier had a 68-yard pass reception for Pinckney.

Stabler was 3-for-9 for 96 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Pinckney.

“They loaded the box on us,” Gailitis said. “We took some shots, but couldn’t complete the passes.”

The Pirates play host to Brighton on Friday.

“It was one of those nights,” he said Thursday. “We were so close. We were right there. That’s what makes it so tough. But we’ll take the weekend off and not think about football for a day or so. Our goals are still in front of us. We can stil win the division and the playoffs.

“We’re a good team who started our season against a couple of good teams,” he continued. “It’s never easy, but that’s how this league is. That’s what makes it fun and interesting.”

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