PERRIN – The Perrin Pirates went into Friday's home matchup against Bynum not with a parrot on their shoulder, but a chip.
Perrin was coming off a 72-26 loss to Knox City, while the Bulldogs were riding high following a 58-12 win over Walnut Springs. Pirates head coach Ben Staggs said one prediction had the visitors favored by 12 points.
“That kind of fired them up,” Staggs said of his team. “They wanted to make sure everybody else knew that's not right.”
The coach did note another prediction listed the Pirates favored by 6. A more accurate prediction would have had Perrin favored to win by 52, because that is what they did.
The Pirates scored on the opening kickoff with a scoop of an onside kick and return by Rafael Alvarado for a touchdown and never looked back in a dominating 52-0 win. The game was called at halftime via the 45-point sixman rule.
Perrin improved to 2-1 while Bynum dropped to 1-1-1.
Perrin dominated on both sides of the ball, shutting down the Bynum offensive attack that the previous week racked up 372 yards behind senior Dakota Mynarcik's 202-total yards and six-touchdown performance.
The Pirates were as suffocating on defense as they were explosive on offense Friday night.
“We played pretty well last week,” Staggs said. “We made a few mistakes so we corrected those mistakes, thank goodness.”
He gave credit on the defensive side to new coordinator Brandon Johnson, who played sixman for Gordon and has coached. With a total of 13 sixman games under their belts in their second season of Class 1A football, Staggs said the team each week gets better.
“We got a year under our belt,” said Staggs, whose Pirates finished 6-4 in 2018 and just missed the playoffs. “We understand everything a lot better. We have a defensive coordinator with knowledge of the game. The kids (understand sixman football better), we do, and coaching wise with the addition of Coach Johnson helping us out, being as he played it in high school and has coached it, it makes a huge difference.”
The only negative on the night was a knee injury suffered by senior speedback/receiver Anthony Pacheco early in the second quarter. Pacheco scored late in the first quarter on a 50-yard sweep that, with a successful two-point kick, put Perrin up 24-0.
The injury looked extremely serious at first, but after treatment on the sideline, Pacheco appeared to be able to walk on it. Staggs said the knee was structurally stable and his speedy back possibly could have returned to the game, but there was no need for that with Pacheco's shipmates cruising to an early win.
Following the touchdown on the opening kickoff, Bynum hurt itself by getting pinned deep and making a poor punt that put the Pirates in business first-and-goal at the Bulldogs' 5-yard-line. Adrian Masterson scored and Perrin had a 16-0 lead less than 4 minutes into the contest.
In the second quarter, Perrin's other featured speedback, Sammy Hernandez, made his presence known. He hauled in a 9-yard toss from Tyce Lambert for a 32-0 Perrin advantage. That was quickly followed by a 19-yard touchdown reception by Hernandez, who stretched out all of his 6-foot frame to haul in the pass and run it in for a 38-0 lead.
As often is the case in sixman, players play both ways and Hernandez impacts games not only on offense, but on defense as well. He picked off a pass and ran it back nearly the entire length of the 80-yard field – some 75 yards – for a touchdown and a 44-0 lead.
Hernandez followed that with another interception and, on second down from Bynum's 34, another touchdown reception, this time from senior quarterback Raul Martinez for the final 52-0 margin.
The Pirates at least for this week have righted the ship and prepare to travel to Gold-Burg for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff next Friday. The Bears are 0-3 on the season after losing Friday to Forestburg, 75-26. They also have blowout losses to Notre Dame and Saint Jo on the season.
“I feel pretty good,” Staggs said Friday. “I think we have a good chance in district this year.”