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Spring scrimmage is tomorrow

Spring football got into full motion last week. Over 100 players dressed out for spring practice. After a 9-2 season, many boys wanted to be a part of the winning tradition headed up by coach John McMillan. McMillan’s Pirates were 9-1 in regular season and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Westminster. ’That 9-2 season is behind us,’ said coach McMillan. ‘We’re focused on the upcoming season and our goal is to be the region champs.’ The biggest obstacle for the Pirates will be to replace five out of six offensive linemen lost to graduation. Ano-ther obstacle will be on defense where three linebackers were lost to graduation. With the loss of key senior positions, another concern will be leadership and team unity. ’Our upperclassmen will have to step up and lead by example on and off the field,’ said McMillan. ‘Some of them have caught the eye of the coaching staff and we believe they can be up to the challenge.’ With baseball and track season over, all the returning players have been at practice this week. ’Rarely does any team have all of its coaching staff and players at spring practice,’ he said. ‘Six or eight players are out due to academic reasons. We stress academics will be first and foremost of any player on the team.’ The third annual Red and Black game will be tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $2 at the gate. The middle school also had its spring practice. Head coach Mike McNutt is heading up the middle school this season and said the young Pirates looked very good during spring practice. Overall, players from the varsity Pirates look to be bigger, stronger and faster. This is due to off season workouts the coaching staff has had in the weight room and field house. ’The coaching staff has been working hard in every aspect of the game,’ said McMillan. Shirts worn by the coaching staff send an important message to players: ‘Championships are won during the off season.’ ———————————- By Greg Parrott

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