It may have started slowly, but a second half explosion of points buried visiting Reedsport Friday by a decisive 56-12 margin in the season opener for both 2A football teams.
By Brad Mosher
Senior Tristan Bennett got rolling in the second half as he gobbled up 291 yards on 19 carries and scored four times.
For the visitors from Reedsport, the senior was almost an unstoppable force.
But he wasn’t the only Pirate to plunder the Reedsport defenders in spite of getting both first half scores on 26 and 60-yard carries.
He added two more in the second half (49 yards and 30 yards).
Quarterback Mychal Kelly even had a better night statistically, needing just nine carries to shred the Brave for 155 yards and two scores.
He also connected on two of his four passes for 35 yards and one touchdown.
Josh Elinsky added another 96 yards on 16 carries and one score.
It was Kelly’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Destin Donaldson with just 18 seconds left in the first half that helped start the explosion of points in the second half.
Looking into the setting sun on a second and 14 play, Kelly watched Donaldson sprint down the west sideline and broke away from Reedsport’s freshman defender Miguel Velasquez.
But while the pass came up a little short, Donaldson came back to snag the pass and sprint in for the score that gave the Pirates a 20-6 halftime lead.
When the Pirates came back from halftime, they started to shred the defense of the 2017 playoff team.
While ripping up the visiting Brave on offense, the defense also forced the visitors to fumble, including one recovered by Jacob Waldron.
In the third quarter alone, the Pirates turned a 20-6 halftime lead into a lopsided runaway with a 30-0 run.
Reedsport (0-1) will try to regroup before playing Oakland (0-1) in its home opener Sept. 7. The visiting Oakers lost to Coquille by a narrow 12-6 score Aug. 31.
The Pirates (1-0) will be on the road Friday, meeting the Amity Warriors (1-0).
The Warriors opened the season against St. Mary’s of Medford by a 51-7 margin. Amity is a 3A school.