1998 Pirate Football: Rebuilt: C-FC Tough!


As the season began, there were holes to fill,
Untested players, new plays to quill.

Nearly devastated, by the seniors we lost,
We started rebuilding, possibilities were tossed.

The lone starting lineman, needs to lead this young group,
A new mix of ingredients, will flavor this soup.

We'll move a senior, from tight end to the line,
Our line might be quicker, they'll do just fine.

A sophomore at quarterback, with the "option" to run,
A full load of leadership, an arm like a gun.

It may take some time, like Favre in Green Bay,
He'll learn from mistakes, he'll mature day by day.

"Michael Z." was gone, a fixture in our backfield for years,
A new herd of ponies, must shake off their fears.

Who would step forward? We couldn't foresee,
A senior, a junior, or sophomore, Which one would it be?

A four team scrimmage would soon start the test,
Osseo-Fairchild, Spring Valley, and Arcadia; not much rest.

Mistakes are expected, with a team that is so young,
And we remained fairly uninjured, when the fat lady had sung.

We searched for the positives, making changes as we saw fit,
We prepared for the Blue Devils, there was no time to quit.

Plum City hung on for a twenty-eight to fourteen win,
Our defense wasn't strong enough, our backfield was thin.

Next in line, were the 41 Juniors and Seniors of G-E-T,
We played hard throughout the game, we seemed out-manned you see.

A gallant defensive first half, but long-snapping mistakes,
Put us behind by 12 points, a recovery we couldn't make.

Finally at full strength, from some of the off-season charades,
The Wildcats were next, would victory plans were made?

Seven turnovers says it all, but we still stayed close through out,
Could we recover? Could we break through? Our players had no doubt.

The final score, a six point loss, yet we proved we belonged,
We were now on our way in the conference race, we just had to be strong.

In the Mel-Min game we played solid, although a long run did us in,
Another six point decision...., Again we didn't win.

We were now 0 and 4, but we still felt we had something to say,
We had statistically beaten the conference's best, but a win hadn't come our way!

The Norseman of Whitehall were next in line, a team hurt by graduation as well,
But first half turnovers and one long run, once again the Pirates fell.

This very unexpected loss. had cost us more than a win,
Bushman was gone for the season, Cyrus got the call to come in.

Another devastating loss had come to call, a twenty-two to sixteen score,
We felt the Pirates could be three and "0", just why did we play so poor?

With Lincoln not playing again this year, Ogilvie (MN) brought buses to town,
A 19-0 non-conference win, left us feeling high off the ground.

A real turning point of this defensive contest, was Thompson's heads up play,
The Lions tapped the ball instead of downing it, he picked it up and went all the way.

We were now playing pretty well, The turnovers were all in the past,
Alma-Gilmanton would visit the Pirates again, would this feeling last?

The Rivermen came out fired up, the first quarter gave us a scare,
But the second half was all the Pirates, 31to zero was fair.

The defense was playing exceptional well, ten quarters of scoreless ball,
Andy and the three Matts stepped it up, seemingly rising above them all.

Our homecoming game was against the Indees, the first half we managed to lead,
After the half was a different story, the Indee's option made us concede.

Defensive weaknesses were highlighted, as the second half was winding down,
Our offensive punch was lacking, even the team mascot seemed to frown.

Eleva-Strum would be our finale, we would only be playing for pride,
The play-off hopes had already slipped away, were we just along for the ride?

The first quarter, the Pirates played with power, pounding the ball on the ground,
But the second quarter brought with it some turnovers, at half time we were down.

WINS certainly didn't seem to come our way, but the kids played hard to the end,
The play of our seniors won't be forgotten, a message they did send.

We learned that we'll need to be stronger, just to be able to compete,
The game has become more "mental", not just skilled hands and feet.

It's about stepping up our play, and overcoming things that don't go right,
And developing life's memories, that will last more than just game night.

A season is not just measured, in the number of wins,
It's in making student-athletes better, than the way that they came in. Coach Steve Lyga, 1998