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Pirates cannot hang on against Pittsburg

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The Pine Tree Pirates played one heck of a game for over three quarters, but in the end they could not hang on against Pittsburg and fell 27-23 in the home opener Friday night.

The Pirates used a balanced attack and a tenacious defense to take a lead into the fourth quarter, but a bigger Pittsburg team chewed up valuable yardage and time with a precise ground game down the stretch and barely defeated the PT team.

Quarterbacks Wade Seidel and Keeshon Williams led a balanced Pine Tree attack that kept Pittsburg on the short end of the scoreboard for much of the contest. Davon Coleman, Trey Pruitt, Adrian Taylor, Gabe Adams and others were on target for the Pirates, scoring points and gaining valuable yardage to keep drives alive. Offensive linemen such as Bailey Hughes and others opened holes in the Pittsburg defense to allow Taylor and fellow running back Sylvandian Stewart to gain valuable yards.

Defensively, Gary Wiley, Kalvin Hutchings, Keith Wright and others put pressure on Pittsburg the entire game but could not hold out agains the methodical ground attack of the Pirates down the stretch. Pine Tree drove into Pittsburg territory in the waning seconds of the game but could not convert a fourth down and long and turned the ball over to Pittsburg to run out the clock.

“We had good effort, ” Coach Kerry Lane said. “We would have loved a win, but if the effort keeps up like that, if the kids keep working hard during the week, the wins will come.”

Pine Tree is on the road to play Gregg County rival Kilgore Friday night at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. The two schools, for many years, were district rivals, but now Pine Tree is one classification above Kilgore.

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