Pirates slam Jackets, 37-7
FERRIS - The Crandall Pirates won the battle of District 13-AAA Co-Champions at Crandall Friday night.
Led by the foursome of quarterback Brandon Pryor, runnin-gbacks Jason Bryant, Courtney Miles and wide receiver Matthew Rose, the Pirates rolled up 514 yards of total offense.
By comparison, Ferris had a total of 246 yards.
For whatever reason, this was not the same Jackets team that was undefeated in district play coming into this game.
This wasn’t the same team we have been watching for several weeks.
Ferris had unfinished business going to Crandall but wasn’t able to take care of this business.
The winner of this game would gain the advantage of playing the third place team in District 14-AAA in the first playoff round.
Crandall deserves credit for their performance Friday night and was the better team on this night. The Jackets will regroup and rebound this Friday against Canton.
"My comments are ‘disappointed’ but not disheartened. We made the key mistakes you CANNOT make in key games. Our kids got to focused on the hype and excitement and did not play within themselves. They tried to hard. This is a learning experience.
"When you are the top dog going into a game...you must expect to get the opponents best effort. Was that our team out there? No, it was not. Again, the only team that can beat us in district is Ferris," said Coach Randy Barnes.
"The responsiblity falls 100 percent on my shoulders. It is my job to control the mental mindset of my team, in that area I failed. There is just a ‘tiny’ margin between average and great. Our execution on boht sides of the both was average and we lost our confidence. That being said, we know how to fight around here. We will rise up! We will get better this coming week. We will make this community proud. Community Pep Rally downtown on the square, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. See you there!"
Ferris’ next game will be Bi-District Playoffs at Cedar Hill Longhorns Stadium vs Canton Eagles Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.