The 10th ranked Wayne Trace Raiders (18-4) provided the opposition for the Pirates (11-13) in the Division IV Paulding Sectional Final. A close game at the start, the Raiders opened up a 3 point lead at the end of one quarter of play, 14-8. The Pirates then scored 10 of the first 14 points of the second quarter to tie the game at 18 all. The Raiders scored the last 8 points of the 2nd quarter and the first 2 of the 3rd to open up a 10 point 28-18 lead early in the third. The Pirates battled back to reduce the Raider lead to five, 30-25 later in the third. The Raiders scored the last 4 points of the 3rd for a 34-25 lead. The fourth quarter had the Pirates outscored 24-15 for the 58-40 Raider final. The Pirates were lead by Freshman starters Wade Stauffer (14 points) and Jacob Williams (11 points). Hats off the Pirate defense for holding Wayne Trace 0-13 from 3 point land.
A big thank you goes out to the Senior Class whose leadership helped turn a 5-12 season into a 11-13 with a 6 game winning streak. Matthew Bracken , Adam Lawhorn, Austin Mansfield, Vernon Prowant, and Tyler Rue make up this years’ Senior Pirates. Thanks also goes out to Senior Cheerleaders Tia Escamilla and Regan Cunningham.
–Mike Jones, Photos by Kelly Sarka