by Andy Villamarzo

DUNEDIN- Coming off the Florida Football Alliance's league mandated bye week, the Anclote Pirates were looking to start off the second half of the season with a bang after making some slight adjustments on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The Pirates just narrowly got by Muck City 17-16 a couple weeks ago in Belle Glade, FL but this time Anclote wouldn't be so lucky. 

Anclote briefly held a 9-6 lead in the opening quarter against River City, but then the Commandos would go 32 points unanswered for the rest of the contest and soundly defeat the Pirates 38-9 at the Pirates' Treasure Cove at Dunedin Memorial Stadium on the campus of Dunedin High School last Saturday evening. The Pirates fall to 2-4 on the season and will travel up to Westside High School in Jacksonville, FL to face the Jax X Men, whom are coming off a 41-6 loss to the Southwest Florida Gladiators. 

The Pirates took a different approach offensively and started wide receiver Andy Villamarzo at the quarterback position and moved Nate Munson to running back. The move worked wonders in the opening quarter of play, as Munson helped thPirates take a 9-6 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run. Munson rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries for Anclote. Villamarzo's debut would be tough, as the fourth year Anclote player made his first regular season start under center since 2010. Villamarzo completed 4 of 13 passes and was picked off once by the Commandos' stiff defense. 

River City had no such problems at quarterback, as Steve Mott made his second start of the season for the Commandos and ran the offense flawlessly. The longtime Jacksonville legend completed 14 of 23 passes for 219 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another. The Pirates' defense had trouble stopping the 1-2 punch of running backs Jacory Hunter (11 carries, 85 yards) and Taren Wilson (7 carries, 80 yards). Munson eventually replaced Villamarzo at quarterback in the third quarter and found some success through the air, completing three passes for 37 yards. Jayvaughn Johnson caught two passes for 27 yards in the game. 

Pirates staff writer