SPORTS

Pryor Pirates stick it to Destin Marlins

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A Destin Marlin tries to take down Pryor's Ethan Lee. Lee had nine yards rushing for the Pirates.

The Destin Marlins moved the ball, but couldn't find the end zone as they lost 30-0 to the visiting Pryor Pirates in middle school football action.

Destin had 178 yards of offense with 164 coming through the air. Jack White completed 12 of 24 attempts for 142 yards, while Harrison Brice was 4 of 6 for 22 yards.

Pyror, on the other hand, had 143 yards rushing and 99 through the air for a total of 242 yards. Nathan Lewis was the work horse with 117 yards on 10 carries, including a 76-yard scamper to the end zone. Quarterback Brady Peters completed 6 of 12 for 99 yards including a 31-yard touchdown strike to DT Grant.

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Destin got the ball first and opened like gang busters with White hitting Nolan Berry for a 41-yard gain. However on the second play, the Marlins fumbled the ball away.

The Pirates put together an eight-play drive capped off by the catch from Grant for the score. The two-point try from Peters to Mason Bruns was good.

On the Marlins next possession, they had the ball for almost five minutes driving almost 70 yards before turning it over on downs. White completed four passes on the drive, two to Cameron Gagliano for 11 and 17 yards, and two to Jackson Standford for 9 and 13 yards. Destin got the ball down to the Pryor 6-yard line but lost ground on a bad snap. The Marlins failed to gain ground on the next two plays, giving the Pirates the ball on the 24-yard line.

Two plays later, Lewis broke loose for a 76-yard dash to the end zone and a 14-0 advantage.

Pryor scored one more time before the half on a 1-yard run by Lewis.

At the start of the third quarter, Destin forced a fumble with Nick Greer coming up with the ball. Destin made one first down on a catch by Greer before the fumbling it away to Pryor.

The Pirates put together an eight-play drive for their last touchdown. Bruns had a catch for 24 yards and Grant a carry for a gain of 35 yards. Lewis scored on a 1-yard run up the middle.

Destin had the ball three more time, but couldn't sustain a drive.

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday in Niceville against the Ruckel Rams.