The Grants (NM) High School Pirate football squad looks to heal up and will draw support this Friday night, September 10, 2010 at the Port of the Pirates. The Piedra Vista (Farmington, NM) (1-1) Panthers come to town rated the number 10 team in the state of New Mexico division 4A according to www.maxpreps.com. Grants (2-0, ranked 10 in the 4A NM Coaches Poll and 13 on Maxpreps) are coming off a hard fought road win at Bloomfield (NM) and are still recovering from injuries suffered in last week’s practice.
Most poll participants will not know that Grants (NM) overcame injuries to two key starters-Cody Miller (Jr.) who produced over 150 yards and one touchdown in Grants’ home opener with Capital (Santa Fe, NM) and Daniel Sedillos (So.) a key defensive player, did not play in this week’s contest. The team had every reason to go on the road and allow one to get away from them at Bloomfield. The team came together though, hit hard, young players stepped up, and they pounded out a 14-12 win over a hungry and underrated Bloomfield team.
The winner of this week’s game sends a message to the 4A seating committee that they belong in the state playoffs. For the Grants Pirates a victory would also send a message to 4A District 6 rivals that they intend to be a factor come district play.
District 6 4A is arguably one of the toughest football districts in the state of New Mexico this year with one of the top teams in the state, Belen (NM) Eagles (2-0), and undefeated Valencia (Los Lunas, NM, 2-0), and Grants rounding out three of the eight undefeated 4A teams in the state. This week’s matchup will tip the argument toward district six or district 1 4A, with Aztec (NM) and Farmington (NM) proving they are real contenders, and Piedra Vista hoping to gain ground on the two division leaders. The only other district that will beg to differ will be District 4 with the teams of perennial powerhouses Goddard (Roswell, NM) and Artesia (NM).
The Grants squad will hope to resurrect last year’s upset memories of when the favored Valencia Jaguars came to the Port and sailed away defeated. There is definitely a home field advantage that the Pirates will call upon to help them remain undefeated. Angry Jack spirit will need to be in full force on Friday night if the win streak is to continue to three. Piedra Vista is coming off a close one point opening day win over Santa Fe (NM) and a 0-47 drubbing by Montrose (CO) last Friday night.
The hope is that the entire community will come out once again and support their local football team and surpass the great crowd on opening night. This week the entire family can get there early and experience the family friendly tailgating. Grills have been and should be set up hours before the game. The atmosphere has been electric and exciting with flags flying high from the Port of the Pirates stadium bleachers. Young and old are assured to have a good time predicting the outcome of the game, reminiscing about old glory days, and taking in the splendor of Mt. Taylor during the fall season on the beautiful Grants High School campus.
Second year Coach Dale Hooper, his team of dedicated assistants, all local boys and Grants High School alumni, and the football team feed off this community enthusiasm and support. The ultimate goal is to build community spirit and pride by supporting the boys of fall.
The GHS band, dance, cheer, MCJROTC, and classes will all be represented. If you have not been out to a game in a while, then this may be the best one yet to experience. Pirate Pride faithful and alumni are welcome on Friday night at the biggest game of the season thus far. Come out and support the school, join together in a fun community event, and see Angry Jack athletes make their bid for a state playoff spot.