Pirates ride long winning streak into third round of playoffs

Posted at 11:09 AM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 21:31:59-05

SINTON, Texas — These are really good times for the Sinton Pirates, especially when you consider they started the season with three straight losses.

The Pirates rebounded from the slow start to claim eight straight victories en route to a district title.

That late surge has propelled them into the Class 4A Division II regional semifinals against Wimberley at 2 p.m. Saturday at Converse Judson.

"There is a long tradition regarding Sinton football," said Sinton head coach Michael Troutman. "The expectations are to win games and make deep runs in the playoffs"

Despite the early struggles, the players never doubted.

"In the beginning, it was a little rough," said Pirates linebacker Gavin Castillo. "We stuck together and never put our heads down. Our coaches continue to lift us up"

Castillo's teammate, Chris Burk Jr., similarly was confident that the season could be saved.

"It just says we are a strong team and know how to stay together," he said. "We have a great coaching staff and they have never given up on us and we certainly haven't given up on them."

The Pirates have been winning with a combination of a dominant rushing game, an opportunistic passing attack and stingy defense.

"These players come locked in and focused and they really care for one another," Troutman said. "The coaching staff is first-class and we are treating the kids right, coaching them hard and loving them even more."

Jeff Dubrof will be covering the game Saturday and will have highlights after the game on KRIS 6 Sports at 6 & 10.