The Petrolia Pirates are coming off the programs first playoff appearance and first winning season since 2009.
To continue that success, they’ll have to do it under the guidance of a new head coach and without several outstanding athletes lost to graduation or transfer.
The 2017 Petrolia Pirates return six players on each side of the ball froma 6-5 playoff team. But it’s the positions they have to fill which has their new head coach and his staff paying extra attention at practice.
From an offense which averaged over 39 points per game, gone are quarterback Dane Williams, leading rusher Redd Latham and the top two receiers Jake Edgemon, who transfered to Rider, and Blaine Long.
The Pirates have to find a way to replace William’s and his 38 touchdown passes and teh 2,200 yards receiving from Edgemon and Long.
For many Pirates, on offense and defense, that means playing new positions.
The most obvious change will be at quarterback where Macon Armour takes over under center.
“I’ve got to be a different player than Dane was last year,” says Armour. “I’ve got to be a different leader than Dane last year. Dane was a very good quarterback. But being this year, I’ve got to do my thing with all my guys.”
One of those guys expected to play a key part is running back Dayton Romines, who contributed nearly 600 yards of offense as a sophomore.
“Me and Dayton have been playing since pee wee man. Me and him know each other like a book,” says Armour.
But the two which really must be on the same page are Armour and his head coach.