Since 2011, Powell has only played Garrard 5x, including last Friday's game. In every match-up, Garrard has defeated Powell. The margin of defeat has been almost exactly the same: each time these opponents have met-almost 30 points. Coach Jerry Perry has been the head coach of Garrard County for the past 11 years.
Now, what happened and why was the final score 38-0?
Powell has a history of starting out of the gate slow. Coach Brewer's first year, the Pirates began their season by losing to Casey County 13-36, West Carter 13-38, and Lawrence 0-37. I can tell you, as the coach's wife, it was more than an abysmal beginning. But, Coach Brewer didn't let that keep him from motivating his team, and after that, they started winning, and they kept winning, until the 2nd round of the regional semi-finals. It ended up being a phenomenal season. That year, the Pirates finished by tying for the most wins ever in the history of the program. It was the first time the Pirates had ever hosted a district championship on their home field.
Last year, the Pirates had a major rebuilding year and finished the season with a record of 4-7.
So, what can we expect to see next week against West Carter? A better showing, I'm convinced. Even though the score didn't quite reflect the effort the Pirates gave, I can assure you, this team has more grit and more toughness than last year's. On Friday night, the Pirates were struggling to score and the Garrard county defense was doing a great job of putting up a wall and daring the Pirates to break through. With that being said, our boys showed a resolve this year that was not present during the 2016 season.
And that leads me to my next point...Nate Skidmore is by all means a weapon for the Pirates. He has proven over and over again that he can deliver and that he is "your go-to guy" in a tough spot. The hall of fame committee voted Skidmore as the MVP of Friday night's game and he certainly earned it.
BUT, on Friday, one player stood out to me: Deionte Strange. Strange, is the Safety and Wide Receiver for the Pirates. He more than earned his Pirate Patch on Friday night. Strange is roughly 5' 6" and weighs around 135 lbs, but he played with the voracity and aggressiveness of a 6' 5" 250 lb linebacker. Garrard county's offense spent a lot of time on the field last week, and Strange was all over the field making huge tackle after huge tackle. Watching him take down guys twice his size, tells me everything I need to know about this kid, and this team!
More big plays to come!