It was a steamy night in Pirate Country as the Red Devils traveled to Crystal River following their season opening win over PK Yonge.
The Pirates wasted little time getting on the score board Sept. 7, as they returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good, giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead, on their way to a 48-21 win.
The Red Devils did little to help themselves following a quick turnover deep in Pirate territory, as they fumbled the second play from scrimmage giving the football back to the Pirates.
The Pirates took just three plays as they reached the end zone on a 62-yard run with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Red Devil David Heinkel blocked the PAT as the Pirates took a 13-0 lead.
Following several exchanges and punts by both teams, the Pirates struck again with 11 seconds on the first quarter clock. The PAT was good giving the Pirates a big 20-0 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Red Devils as quarterback Stephen Cochlin connected with Damien Strange for three passes, the third being in the end zone. The Jorge Deciderio PAT was good as the Red Devils made it a 20-7 game.
Following several stalled drives by both teams, the Red Devils scored again with just 38 seconds left in the first half.
Cochlin found Darren Washburn behind the Pirates defense for a touchdown.
The Deciderio PAT put the score at 20-14 as the first half ended.
The Red Devils received the second half kickoff and were forced to punt the ball away.
Following several exchanges the Pirates hit pay dirt again on a 22 yard run. Completing the two point PAT the Pirates tok a 28-14 lead.
Following a Red Devil turn over, the Pirates again drove down the field for their second third quarter touchdown. The PAT lifted the Pirates to a 35-14 lead.
With just over one minute left in the third quarter the Pirates again recovered a Red Devil fumble and drove in to the end zone for their third touchdown of the quarter. The PAT was again blocked by Heinkel . The Pirates however held a 41-14 lead as the fourth quarter got underway.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Red Devils turned the ball over. The Pirates wasted little time as they ran past a seemingly worn down Red Devil defense for another touchdown. With the good PAT. the Pirates had cruised to a 48-14 lead.
Not giving up with every play, the Red Devils’ Stephen Cochlin scrambled in to the end zone with 5:51 left in the game, for a Red Devil touchdown. Deciderio’s PAT made the score 48-21.
The Red Devils fall to 1-1 early in a season that has seen many nagging injuries that continue to hamper some key players.
The Red Devils travel to West Nassau next week, Sept. 14. Game time is 7:30 p.m.