Matanzas gave up three rushing touchdowns in the second half.
The Pirates scored on a long touchdown run, nailed a 49-yard field goal, sacked the quarterback three times and forced four turnovers in the opening half of their game against Seabreeze on the night of Friday, Aug. 30, at Daytona Stadium.
“We’re not good,” Pirates coach Don Mathews said after the game. “We don’t play good. We don’t coach good. We’re just not very good.”
Don Mathews, Matanzas coach
Matanzas led 10-6 at halftime.
“We had energy,” said Joel Whittick, who recorded two interceptions against the Sandcrabs. “We had everything.”
In the second half, they lost it.
The Pirates gave up three rushing touchdowns to Seabreeze running back Otis Walker, including a 46-yarder with 2:43 to play in the third quarter, as the Sandcrabs (1-1) defeated the Pirates 26-18.
The Pirates tacked on a touchdown — an 11-yard reception by receiver Noah Cundiff — with nearly 30 seconds to play in the game and were successful on the 2-point conversion attempt. However, the Sandcrabs recovered the Pirates’ onside kick attempt.
“We need to have heart,” said Matanzas’ Rex Robich, who was responsible for the Pirates’ three sacks in the first half. “We need to find that thing that keeps us going through the end of games.”
The Pirates fell to 0-2 with the loss, and will face Middleburg at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, on the road.
"We're not good," Pirates coach Don Mathews said after the game. "We don't play good. We don't coach good. We're just not very good."