The Hart Pirates dominated Hesperia on Friday night, a 44-6 win. This allowed the Pirates to win their sixth game in a season for the first time since 1992.
Trayce Tate started the game with a pair of touchdown runs. He posted an Octopus on the first score, pairing a 4-yard run with a two-point conversion.
Ahead 16-0, Hart would add one score in the second quarter. After a Hesperia touchdown pass, Connor Edwards stepped in front of a Panthers’ pass and raced 65 yards to the end zone. The Pirates took their 22-6 lead into the break.
The second half saw Hart match their first half total in scoring. Trayce Tate returned to the end zone twice, as he powered across the goal line on two separate 2-yard plunges. Connor Edwards added a second score on a 1-yard run.
Hart has one game left next week. They will take on Ravenna. There is so much for the Pirates to play for. Due to their co-op with Walkerville, they are in Division 5 this postseason. As a result, they will likely need a win over the Bulldogs to qualify for their first ever playoff trip (they did make it in the all-in 2020 season). Hart also could share the WMC Lakes title if North Muskegon could somehow suffer a stunning defeat at the hands of Shelby. It could truly be a remarkable Friday for Coach Joe Tanis and his Pirates, as they look to build on a historically successful campaign.