Mineral Wells Index
By TONY EIERDAM
PERRIN – Not in the 11 years head coach Brad Hutton has guided the Perrin varsity football team have the Pirates ever began a season at 3-0.
But after victories over Meridian, Gorman and Friday over Fort Worth Lake Country the Pirates find themselves at 3-0.
Hutton said the 3-0 start has excited the Perrin community.
The Pirates, about to celebrate their 100th-year anniversary on Homecoming Night on Sept. 27, have reached the playoffs just five times in school history.
“Our kids, teachers, coaches and even our superintendent are fired up,” Hutton said. “Any time Perrin goes 3-0 it’s a huge deal around here.”
The Pirates are led by a young yet tenacious defense that has surrendered just three touchdowns all season.
Almost half of the defensive starters are sophomores, and Hutton has seen his young team grow each week this season.
“I am not surprised because we have good athletes in our sophomore class,” Hutton said. “I guess I am a little surprised that they have held it together for four quarters in every game.
“They are maturing each week, and I hope that continues. Staying healthy and continuing to mature will be what this team needs to keep doing as it builds toward district play.”
The Pirates are also ranked No. 33 in Class A. Perrin has not been ranked that high since a Top 20 ranking in 2008. The last time the Pirates qualified for the playoffs was 2009.
Despite the excitement, Hutton played down the recent success.
“We are honestly taking each game one game at a time,” he said. “We are actually 0-0 in (district) games that count.
“We have to be playing well when we open district against Munday (at Perrin on Oct. 11). But so far, so good, and again, we are very excited around here.”