COOS BAY — The Marshfield Pirates were a confident group before the 2017 football season started, and they’ve proved why.
In six games — all wins — the Pirates have averaged 39.5 points per game and have only allowed an average of 11.3. Since its eight-point win over Phoenix in Week 2, Marshfield has only allowed a total of 31 points after giving up 37 points in its first two games. With that success, the Pirates sit atop the Far West League with only two games left in the regular season, starting with Brookings-Harbor at home on Friday.
“I think they’re continually getting better each week and pushing each other through the tough conditioning and helping holding each other accountable,” Pirates head coach John Lemmons said. “Everyone’s just sort of clicking on all cylinders as a group.”
The Pirates’ offense has been its backbone, led by speedsters Tristin Lemmons, Zach Kellar and Devin Benson. Cory Stover has become a reliable pass-catching tight end, and Sirus Robie has emerged as another ball-carrying option.
Perhaps the biggest story on Marshfield’s offense is quarterback Grant Woolsey. It was an open competition between the junior and senior Justin Banks for the starting job, and Banks won it coming out of camp.
But Woolsey still got some series and has taken over quarterbacking duties. He didn’t play quarterback in his first two years of high school ball, but returned for his junior season. He’s been an efficient passer and good decision-maker.
“I think he’s really stepped up and really taken over the leadership role of the team,” Kellar said.
But even with the success, John Lemmons isn’t fully satisfied. Sure, he’s pleased with Marshfield’s efforts, but isn’t yet ready to call his team a contender.
He also doesn’t much care for the current standings or rankings, which has the Pirates as first (in the league) and second (in the state).
“I’m not content. I’m happy,” he said. “We got a lot we can do better. We’re far from where we need to be. I’m happy with their effort, for the most part. We still can improve on that a little bit. But yeah, I don’t pay much attention to the rankings and the standings. The only rankings that matter are the ones at the end of the year.”