Dunedin edges out Miami 42-16

by Staff Writer

DUNEDIN- After a lackluster performance the previous week against the Tampa Bay Thunder, the Dunedin Pirates needed to bounce back in a big way.

The Pirates (1-1) welcomed into Dunedin Memorial Stadium the Miami Spartans, whom have not played a football game since 2016. Dunedin was able to take advantage of the rust and rode a strong second half of play to a 42-16 win over Miami (0-1) on a cold, windy night. 

It didn’t look all too great in the opening half of play, as the Pirates played somewhat back and forth with the Spartans at times. The Miami team arrived with around 25 players, and played tough the entire game. Dunedin went up 22-16 going into halftime and needed to have a strong second half in order to win.

That’s just what the doctor ordered and the Pirates out-scored the Spartans 20-0 in the second half and got a big performance from Nate Munson, who scored three touchdowns including an interception return for a score. Quarterback Ryan Henson threw for 70 yards and a touchdown and Eric Vitale also threw for a score.