SAM COWAN – Sports Writer
The South Pittsburg Pirates beat the Sequatchie County Indian 29-7 on the road Friday for their fourth win of the season.
The Pirates led for the entire game and didn’t allow any points after halftime as they remained unbeaten to start the year.
South Pittsburg head football coach Wes Stone said that his team played well overall, but improvements still need to be made for the Pirates on the offensive end.
“I thought we played extremely hard, but we have a lot to clean up in the passing and rushing game,” he said before referring to his team rushing for 311 yards in the game to produce a majority of the Pirates’ offensive movement. “Any time you rush for 300 yards against a quality opponent, you feel good about it.”
Stone had targeted the running game as a key area to improve in going into the season, and while strides are being made in that aspect of the game, Stone said that his team still has work to do.
“Our run game has definitely improved this season, but we are still not anywhere near where we need to be,” he said.
The Pirates quickly moved down the field on their opening drive with a short touchdown run by Jamarion Farrior giving them a 6-0 lead about a minute into the game.
The Pirates struck for another touchdown later in the first quarter as Farrior broke free for a 39-yard scoring run. Kamden Wellington added a successful two-point conversion on a quarterback run to put the score at 14-0 with 1:16 left in the opening period.
The Indians answered back with what would be their only score of the game as a touchdown pass cut the deficit in half at 14-7 with 10 minutes to go in the first half.
The Pirates added to their lead late in the half on a defensive score as Cameron Grider picked off a pass at South Pittsburg’s 45-yard line and ran it all the way back for a touchdown with seven seconds remaining before halftime. Jacob Bivens kicked the ball through the uprights on the point-after attempt to make it a 14-point game again.
They led 21-7 at halftime.
The final touchdown on either side came with less than a minutes remaining in the third quarter as Farrior broke off another 39-yard run for his third rushing touchdown of the day.
Wellington followed that with another two-point conversion on a run play to boost the lead up to 29-7 going into the fourth quarter.
The Pirates didn’t allow any ground to be made up in the final period as they won by 22 points.
Farrior carried the ball four times for 83 yards and caught two passes for seven yards on the day.
Wellington had 11 carries for 102 yards and four completions for 15 yards.
JaMychal Buckner racked up 123 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Bivens caught one pass for 10 yards, and Racash Kelly carried the ball once for three yards.
Stone said he kept his message to the players after the game fairly simple.
“I was proud of my team for the physicality they brought and how hard they played. They kept their emotions in check and found a way to go 1-0 this week,” he said.
With the win, the Pirates improved to 4-0 on the season.
They will next play Friday at home against Lookout Valley High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.