by Andy Villamarzo

DUNEDIN- In Anclote's home opener against another new FFA member, the Twin County Raiders, the Pirates fell just short of coming up with the program's first win since the 2014 season. 

The Pirates (0-1) allowed just over 300 yards of offense to the Raiders, combined with a dismal performance by the Anclote offense, en route to a Twin County (1-0) 18-13 victory. Anclote's only production scoring wise came via the special teams unit, as they blocked two punts and got scores from Ron Morgan and Jayvaughn Johnson, who also tallied two catches for 44 yards. 

Anclote quarterback Nate Munson had a tough time getting anything going offensively, completing just 9 of 28 passes for 64 yards and throwing two interceptions on the evening. The run game had no better success, with Munson rushing for 45 yards and Andy Villamarzo finishing with 11 yards on seven carries. 

Despite the problems on offense, the defense played well as free safety Alex Jennings and defensive tackle Bryan LittleJohn recorded  interceptions against the Raiders' offense. The Pirates got an unlikely turnover with under three minutes left in the game and a chance to score the go ahead touchdown, but the offense would bog down on the Raiders' end of the field. 

Pirates staff writer