Pirates dominate Holt Indians on way to 49-21 victory


The football team practices after school before its next game.

Tayler Smith, Sports writer

After taking a pretty harsh loss to Columbia Hickman as the clock expired in Week 1, the Pirates (1-1) recovered spectacularly with a 49-21 win against Wentzville Holt in Week 2.

Last week, with the score tied 20-20 with 2.3 seconds remaining in the game, the Pirates saw the game come to an end when the Kewpies kicked a game-winning field goal. For the Indians, they entered the Week 2 match-up after shutting out Fort Zumwalt South, 40-0.

The game for both teams was drastically different this time around. The Pirates had a 35-0 lead and thought they had the game locked up before halftime – which came earlier than expected because of weather.

During the game, just before the end of the second quarter, lightning struck causing a delay in the game. The teams were sent to the locker room for about 45 minutes before the weather eased up.

The teams came back on the field with 3:05 still left to play in the first half, and it was like a different group of Holt players returned in uniform.

“After the lightning delay, we let up on the Indians, thinking we had the game in hand,” outside linebacker Shawn Brooks said.

Before the delay, the score was 35-0 but the Indians came out of the break scoring twice to narrow the lead to 35-14.

After an abbreviated 5-minute halftime, the Pirates and Indians played the 3rd quarter with each team picking up a touchdown.

Pattonville’s star player Sam Sanderson picked up his fifth touchdown of the game in the 4th quarter to increase the Pirates lead to 49-21.

“Going into the game, we went in with the mindset that we were more than capable of winning the game,” Sanderson said.

Also picking up touchdowns for Pattonville were wide receivers Vicario Upchurch, who went 75 yards for a score, and Alijah Carter who caught a 14-yard pass from Aaron Webb.

Jake Vitale was 7-for-7 on PATs.

Defense also played a pivotal role in the victory. Shortly before the end of the game, senior safety Steven Smith II picked off a pass that he described as “the perfect throw.”

“It was a hard fought game on both ends of the ball,” Smith said. “As long as we continue to level up and elevate our game, we’ll become an even more successful team.”

The Pirates will travel to Parkway North (0-2) on Friday, Sept. 7, for a game that’s scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.