By CONNOR WALDRON
West Side sports writer
The West Side Pirates played their first game of the season against the Firth Cougars on Friday. The game was hosted by Firth. The ending score was Firth 44, West Side 16.
If all you had seen of this game was the first half, you wouldn’t have thought that Firth would win by such a large margin. The half-time score was Cougars 14. West Side 6.
Senior Dylan Turnbow said, “We were pretty evenly matched the first half, but the second half they really got away from us.” Coach Tyson Moser said the team had three goals this year:
1. Win every home game,
2. compete for district championship, and 3. compete in every game they play.
Hopefully this first setback won’t prevent the Pirates football team from completing these goals, but only enhance their desire to do better. Coach Moser also said the team has a great chemistry within them and has seven starters from last season returning for both the offense and defense.
Coach Moser said their biggest advantage is the return of most of last year’s offensive line. Senior McCoy Roberts said, “The offense struggled after a few turnovers.” Pirate running back Jon O’Brian was responsible for almost all of the offense for West Side, ending the night with 129 yards on 16 carries.
Coach Moser said that he hopes the team learned a lesson from this game that will only make them stronger
Upcoming games for the West Pirates are as follows: Aug. 31, home against Rich County; Sept. 7, home against Layton Christian; Sept. 14, home against American Falls; and Sept. 28, away against Bear Lake. All Varsity games begin at 7 p.m.
There was also a cross-country meet on Friday at Malad. It was a practice meet and there was no scoring.
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