Crandall Football: Are the Pirates on the rise?
After a less than desirable season last year, the Crandall Pirates have become one of the teams to watch in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. According to MaxPreps, last season, the Pirates posted a 3-6 overall finish (1-3 in district play) with wins over Jacksonville (38-25), Joshua (46-30), and Forney (57-54 in four overtimes) before finishing their schedule with a five-game losing streak. This season, though, the Pirates are doing everything they can in an attempt to pave a way to their own destiny.
So far this season, the Pirates have outscored their opponents 274-187. The Pirates opened the season with a big 51-36 win over Jacksonville before posting a disappointing 32-27 loss to Kaufman in week two. Since their loss, Crandall posted three convincing wins- one against Alvarado (68-42), one a district opener against Sulphur Springs (57-34), and the other a week five dominating 71-43 win over North Forney. The Pirates are averaging 42 points a game and have not had a slow game yet.
In the pocket this season for Crandall is senior Jamonte Gordon-West. Gordon-West is a dual-threat athlete who can really do it all on the gridiron. The senior has tallied a remarkable 1,342 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns in five games. Gordon-West has completed 70% of his passes and has thrown only two interceptions. On the ground, Gordon-West has racked up 231 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns on 49 carries.
Catching the majority of Gordon-West's touchdown passes has been junior wide receiver Luke Moffitt. Moffitt has racked up 564 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns on 25 catches. Not far being Moffitt is junior three-star wide receiver Samuel Omosigho. With nine college offers and surely more to come, Omosigho has tallied three receiving touchdowns with 487 yards on 26 receptions. Keeping the scoring going on the ground for Crandall is junior running back Chris Abron. Abron has recorded 13 rushing touchdowns this season with 674 rushing yards on 98 carries.
It's easy to see that the Pirates want a big change to their program this year, but there is still a lot of season left. The Pirates will travel to Forney on Thursday where they will take on a 3-2 Forney High School team. The Pirates are coming off of a BYE week and will likely be ready to take the game by storm.