The Sneads Pirates traveled to Robert F. Munroe Friday night for a little pre-season action and had a happy, happy bus ride home. They blanked Robert F. Munroe 38-0. Despite the lopsided win, coach Bill Thomas was concerned about the level of play Friday night, “I was disappointed in how we played. You know sometimes you win, and you don’t play very well. I thought that if we played up to as good as we are, we would probably have been up by 30 something points in the first half and play all the younger boys in the second half. And we should have been but anytime you put the ball on the ground three times in the first half and you get three touchdowns called back, you know. But maybe we got it out of our system. We have a better feeling with this team than we have had in the past. We are way more athletic but we are not playing disciplined yet.”
Courtavious Garrett and Colton Mercer shared quarterback duties with Garrett one-for-one passing for 10 yards and Mercer two-for-ten for 35 yards and a touchdown. Ric Reed was one-for-one for 17 yards.
The Pirates lit up the scoreboard when Garrett returned the opening kick for a touchdown. Mac Danford traded his baseball cleats for football cleats and joined the Pirates as a kicker and put his first attempt through the uprights, making it a 7-0 ballgame.
Calvin Stringer was the next Pirate to find the endzone on a 76-yard run to make it a 13-0 game. That score held till halftime with a 47-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Hill being called back and two others negated due to penalties.
In the second half, Calvin Stringer scored on an 11-yard run in the third quarter, with Alonzo Hill scoring on an 11-yard run for the fourth TD of the night. Sneads welcomed Jackson Millsapp back as a Pirate and he put his name in the books on a 22-yard catch from Colton Mercer. The final touchdown came from freshman Kaden Thomas on a five-yard run.
Defensively, Seth Scott had two interceptions on the night. Offensively, Calvin Stringer rushed for 190 yards on five carries, followed by Alonzo Hill who rushed for 148 yards on eight carries. Seth Scott had four carries for 39 yards, followed by Courtavious Garrett with five carries for 38 yards. Donte Holden had four carries for 23 yards, with Ric Reed picking up 39 yards on five carries, freshman Kaden Thompson had three carries for 15 yards and Jackson Milsapp had two catches for 35 yards, including a touchdown reception, with Dylan Dawson pulling down one for 10 yards. Dalton Harrison recorded one catch for 17 yards.
Thomas praised Danford’s efforts on the night, “Mac is such a good kid, he has a great work ethic and is good for the other kids. I love him and I love being around him and so do the kids. They respond to him. He did a good job because you know he’s only been kicking three days.”
Sneads will open at home Friday night as they host county-rival Cottondale with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Sneads will be looking to rectify last year’s regular season opening 40-28 loss to the Hornets.