By Charles Ballard
SHEPHERD — The Pirates took a never-say-die attitude to the win column after a hard-fought 34-28 win over Hempstead on Friday.
Head Coach Miles Robison said he was proud of the team’s efforts.
“The game was like watching and old ‘Rocky Balboa’ fight seen in the movies,” he said. “The Pirates would find themselves down and out but would fight back and gain control again.”
Shepherd scored on the first drive, taking the kickoff to the Hempstead 49-yard line followed by Landen Dellinger’s 47-yard run and first down. Hunter Kyle hopped the goal line for the first TD of the night.
Shepherd’s second score was on a 14-yard run by Dellinger.
A 34-yard run by Dellinger set up a 5-yard rushing TD by Preston Stephens, and Dellinger landed the fourth TD on a 2-yard scramble.
The Pirates had 420 total yards of offense, with Dellinger leading the way with 27 carries for 217 yards and two TDs. Stephens was close behind with 27 carries for 175 yards and 2 TDs.
The Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans downed Corrigan-Camden 50-27 on Friday.
The Trojans maintained control throughout the game, and the Bulldog defense was challenged upfront against Coldspring’s power run attack.
Trojan senior Elijah Major grabbed the interception in CC’s opening drive, and sophomore David Rowe connected on a 63-yard bomb to senior Luke Monroe for the first Trojan touchdown.
Trojan senior Tyga Parker extended that lead just a few minutes later, plowing through defenders and accelerating to a 56-yard rushing touchdown.
The Bulldogs’ Damere Arneson helped spark Corrigan’s offense with a huge run going into the second quarter, which was followed by a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Ayden Sowders to put six points on the board for Corrigan.
However, the Trojans would continue their assault on the ground; a drive was capped by Parker scoring up the middle on fourth and inches, which helped make it a 32-6 lead for Coldspring.
A 13-yard reception by CC’s Tony Cooper closed the half at 32-14.
However, Parker broke away for a long touchdown run for Coldspring to start the third quarter, and then later ran for another huge gain to set up senior K.J. Harden’s TD.
Trojan sophomore Dacoryin Barnes took and extra-point interception across the field for a safety for Coldspring.
PCE correspondent Albert Trevino contributed to this report.