Tom Munds The winner of the Sept. 19 En glewood homecoming football game against Alameda earns bragging rights as the best Pirate team in the league …
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The winner of the Sept. 19 En glewood homecoming football game
against Alameda earns bragging rights as the best Pirate team in
the league plus the added bonus of a year’s possession of the newly
created Anchor Cup.
Pirates are the mascot for both teams, plus Alameda and
Englewood both adopted blue and white as school colors. The two
teams have been rivals for years and this year, the Alameda coach
introduced a new prize, the Anchor Cup.
“The Anchor Cup is a trophy the winning team gets to keep for a
year and there will be a plaque on the trophy for each year’s
game,” Englewood coach Matt Bednorz said. “I know our players want
to win the new trophy so it’s just another incentive to win the
The game is Englewood ’s homecoming and the kickoff is 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Englewood High School Stadium, located east of the
school at Logan and Mansfield. Special halftime ceremonies include
the crowning of this year’s homecoming king and queen. Admission is
$5 for adults and $3 for students with school identification.
An alumni reception will be held in the school commons
immediately after the game. All former EHS students are
Like Englewood , Alameda has a new coach but still likes to
launch its potent ground attack out of the pro set formation.
Defensively, they set up in a basic 4-4 alignment.
Englewood comes into the game 0-3 after a 41-14 loss to
“We lost the game but we saw a lot of good things out there on
the field tonight,” Bednorz said. “We finally got the offense
working and scored some points. That is a big step for us.”
Andrew Trigg got the Pirates’ first TD. In the third period, he
exploded through the line on a trap play and carried the ball 22
yards into the end zone. Jacob Lowder added the extra point. Then,
in the fourth quarter, the Pirates drove down and Dan Woosley
bulled his way across the goal line from a yard out for the
touchdown and Lowder added the extra point that ended the Pirates’
scoring for the night.
Trigg led the team in rushing as he carried 16 times for 54
yards, which included the 22-yard TD run. The Pirates also had
their best night passing. Aaron Sloan completed 10 of 30 passes for
121 yards. Peter Stevens was the leading receiver as he hauled in
six passes for 92 yards.
Bednorz noted the team also did some good things defensively,
including several tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses,
plus the Pirates sacked the D’Evelyn quarterback six times.
Josh Bateman was the tackle leader with seven solo hits and five
assists. Trigg had six first hits and six assists while Lowder had
seven solo tackles and three assists.
“We looked better on defense but we still have a lot of work to
do,” the coach said. “We haven’t been doing a good job tackling
even though that is something we work on every week in practice. We
also have to work on improving the play of our defensive
The coach said he knew it would be a test since this is
basically a rebuilding season.
“We are basically a pretty young team with a lot of kids whose
high school football experience was on the JV squad last year,”
Bednorz said. “Unfortunately, we have a very small roster so we
don’t have the luxury of bringing the young kids along by playing
them from time to time. Instead, we have to put them into our
lineup as starters and first-line reserves so they are learning
under fire. We are getting better and I give the kids credit for
working hard and playing hard any time they are on the field."
At a Glance
Englewood look for first win in homecoming game.
Englewood scored first TD's in 41-14 loss
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