Pirates first-year head coach Blake Hillman used the Pirates' latest loss as a teaching moment.
Matanzas’ flag football team was down just a touchdown in the final minute of the first half in their game against Seabreeze on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 26. Then the Sandcrabs scored another touchdown — a tough, two-handed grab on a play that was otherwise well-defended by the Pirates.
The Pirates fell behind 13-0, and their resolve quickly deteriorated from there.
Missed flag pulls, blown defensive assignments, miscommunications on offense.
And when things started to go downhill rapidly — and they did in the Pirates’ 35-0 home loss to the Sandcrabs — some Pirates had their heads down, some were visibly frustrated and some pointed fingers at one another.
Matanzas head coach Blake Hillman used it as a teaching moment.
Hillman, who was previously an assistant coach for two years prior to taking over the reigns of the program this season, wants his team to never lie down — no matter the score.
“We don’t want to quit,” he said. “We want to play for four quarters and not give up.”
The Pirates are 1-1 on the season after their loss to the Sandcrabs. They smoked Warner Christian 26-0 in their season opener on March 5 at Matanzas High School.
“We hurt ourselves some tonight,” Hillman said. “We’re going to have to bounce back to get in the win column again.”