Between a leap from Class 4A to 5A and a pandemic, it’s been an interesting season for the Crandall Pirates, under first year Head Coach Kyle Hardin. Coach Hardin says he is proud of his kids for the way they have handled circumstances this season not knowing if games would be played from one day to the next. He said Pirates’ players have had positive attitudes and some have been pushed into different roles due to coronavirus. On the field, Coach Hardin says the Pirates have been up and down. That’s reflected in their 3-3 season mark. They finished zone play at 1-2, good enough for the zone’s #3 seed. That matches them with the #3 seed in the district’s other zone, Sulphur Springs, Friday night at Crandall. Coach Hardin likes the Pirates’ senior leadership with some talented youth around as well. Coach Hardin says he believes there may be no bigger jump than from Class 4A to 5A. Plus he says they landed in a very talented and tradition laden District 8-5A. Coach Hardin says the Wildcats are well coached and have talent. He adds the Wildcats play hard. Crandall offensive standouts include sophomore H back and slot receiver Sammy Omosigho, sophomore running back Chris Abron, sophomore wide receiver Luke Moffitt and junior quarter Jamonte Gordon-West. Coach Hardin says he has a lot of senior leadership on defense. Defensive standouts include senior defensive back Jeremiah Contreras, senior defensive back Mason Daugherty, senior inside linebacker Preston Chambless, senior defensive tackle David Omosigho and senior defensive end Tommy Crockett. Coach Hardin says the game Friday will feature two teams hungry for a victory.
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