Home sweet home
The Granbury Pirates celebrated Homecoming Night Friday by beating Arlington Heights 38-19 in District 3-5A Division 1 play.
The Pirate offense was clicking early, the defense stuffed Heights in the first quarter and wide receiver Bryan Williams was crowned Homecoming King.
In other words, it was a good week to be a Granbury football player.
“It’s a fun time for Gran-bury right now,” Pirate head coach Chad Zschiesche said. “We’re continuing to improve, and the kids can feel it.
“It was a good combination of a very fun week, starting with the parade, and then a big epic win Tuesday night in volleyball, and then to come out Friday and to cap it off with a Homecoming win...It was just a really good week.”
Zach Watson led Gran-bury with 140 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, including a 62-yard score in the first quarter. Kyler Gibson turned in an efficient statline of 9-13 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went to Williams and the other to Dalton Loter.
Granbury led 21-7 at the half, and Logan Moore added a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter. After Heights scored in the early moments of the fourth quarter, Clayton Kracy stretched across the goal line on a 13-yard run to end all hope of a Heights comeback.
Riley McGee picked off a Heights pass after the Pirate defensive line brought pressure on the quarterback. Senior end Keeton Derouen and senior tackle Brandon Morris both earned praise from Zschiesche.
“(Derouen) continues to just wreak havoc on whoever lines up against him,” Zschiesche said. “Then you pair him with a good DT, and when your D-line’s playing good, typically your defense is playing good.”
The win improved Gran-bury to 3-2 (2-1 in district). This is the first time the Pirates have been above .500 since 2017, when Granbury carried a 3-0 record into district play.
THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Granbury has a short week to prepare for Crowley. The Pirates will play on the road Thursday at 7 p.m.
“It’s a shortened week,” Zschiesche said. “We’re going to spin it to where we’re motivated by it.”
There’s no question what Granbury will face. Crowley (5-1, 3-1 in district) is led by running back Dominique Johnson, a 3-star prospect that is committed to Missouri, according to 247Sports.
Johnson ran for five touchdowns and 293 yards on 30 carries against Azle last week in a game Crowley lost 48-47 after holding a 35-14 lead at the half.
Granbury will have to figure out how to bring down Johnson in the open field, as the Eagles run a spread system designed to give skill players the ball in space.
“He’s very big in stature, he’s very fast for his size, and he has good vision, very strong,” Zschiesche said.
Crowley has 42 seniors on its roster, and the group has been together for a while.
“This is their group,” Zschiesche said. “They were a really good JV unit as sophomores.”
The Pirates are well aware that Crowley is a tough test – Zschiesche said the Eagles are “the most talented team” Granbury has on its schedule.
But on a Thursday night, anything can happen, and the Pirates know that, too.
“The boys are looking at it as an opportunity,” Zschiesche said. “Let’s just see how we stack up against them.
“And if things go right – why not?”
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