The Lytle Pirates sank their nearly year-long losing streak with a dominant win over La Pryor.
On Friday, the Pirates beat the La Pryor Bulldogs 61-6 in Lytle.
“It’s big for our community. I mean it’s been over a year since our last one, so to see 60 points up on the scoreboard as big for our guys,” said quarterback Carson Aldridge.
The last win for Lytle was a 35-15 game on Sept. 20 against the Dilley Wolves. Lytle scored four touchdowns in the first quarter.
Justin De Leon got the first score by plowing by defenders 15 yards for a touchdown run in the opening possession.
Aldridge had a 55-yard touchdown run to go up 14-0 with five minutes to go in the quarter. On the next possession, the Pirates quarterback threw a 28-yard pass to Zakry Placido to put the Pirates up 21.
With under a minute in the first quarter, Justin De Leon had an eight-yard touchdown.
The score was 27-0 after the first quarter.
Aldridge said scoring 27 points in the first quarter is big.
“We know how to start games, and that’s going to carry us through district and carry us the rest of the way,” Aldridge said.
He hopes more wins will build off of Friday’s strong performance.
“I’m looking forward to getting to district and competing. I want to compete. I know we have the guys that compete and I think we’ll do good,” Aldridge said.
When the offense wasn’t scoring, the defense was making stops. The Pirate defense forced erratic passes from the Bulldogs all night.
One pass was intercepted by Luis Morales and taken all the way back from the one-yard line to the end zone.
Lytle took a 34-0 lead into halftime.
Head Coach Robert McConathy said the team worked hard and were led by the senior class of players.
“They needed that after our first two games, last week was a tough game, losing it in the fourth quarter. They bounced back, they were focused in practice and they played well,” McConathy said.
McConathy said the big first quarter reminded him of the fast starts they had the previous two weeks, but Lytle was unable to win those games.
He said the team played sharper and the team will get back to work on Saturday morning.
“I’m ready to go gear up for the first round of district. That’s the goal–be sharp for that first game,” McConathy added.
Special teams wanted to get on the scoreboard as well. Senior Mark Cantu took the second half kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown.
Senior running back Vincent Casanova, who celebrated his birthday, had two touchdowns in the game.
It was 61-0 going into the final five minutes.
Lytle gave up one sixyard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter with three minutes to go in the game.
It was too late for La Pryor to mount any kind of comeback, though.
Senior Roberson Harold was happy to see the team get back in the win column.
“It means everything to me. It’s our first time we got a big blowout win like this in a long time really for Lytle, so it just means everything that the seniors can push through and get the win,” Harold said.
He said after the hard loss against rival Natalia last week, the team wanted this win and it is a sign of change for the program.
“Well this win just just boosted everybody’s spirits since we haven’t been doing this in a long time, but I really think Lytle’s program has changed up and we’re back to a winning championship culture,” Harold said.
The Pirates (1-2) will welcome Luling this week.