Pirates Football Strives for Division Title

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2023 Regional News
December 23, 2023

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Zarnawski

After ending their perfect record with a loss to Maple Shade last Friday, the Pirates football team is looking to make a comeback against the Seneca Golden Eagles tonight. 

Ever since the team’s home opener against Collingswood with a final score of 31-12, the Cinnaminson football team has remained focused and prepared this season.

With a current record of 5-1, the players continue to push themselves and grow their success as a team. Coach Robert Murray, who has been the assistant varsity coach for 12 years, said he has seen a difference among the players this season, in comparison to past seasons. 

“The best part of this season is that the kids are really brought into Coach Patrizi – and myself to give assistance – to really kinda, you know, commit to the weight room, commit to the team element,” Murray said. “Our seniors have done a great job leading some of the younger guys, and so far so good.”

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Zarnawski

Senior captain Isaiah Ruiz has also noticed the team’s improvement from last season’s record, when they concluded their season 2-8.

“There were many times where we ended up being down even at the start, but you can see that our team kept pushing…something last year we kinda would’ve given it up on and just think of it to go,” Ruiz said. 

The Pirates fought hard for their victory against Delran – their biggest rival – midway through the season.  Despite the Bears’ initial lead of 10-6 in the second quarter, the game ended with a final score of 27-23 for the Pirates at a game with high student attendance.

While the team enjoys its wins, Coach Murray knows how important it is to stay committed and prepare the team for their next opponent.

“We were happy against Delran and the other wins but we have to look forward to the next team and stay prepared for them,” Murray said.

Another factor contributing to the team’s drive toward success this season is the strong connection established among players. Manny Brown, a junior, explains his bond with the team. 

“I like them a lot,” Brown said. “I’m really close with them.”

While the captains aid their teammates by being good role models, Ruiz values honesty and improvement on the field and among the team.

“I’m very vocal…” Ruiz said. “Not in a bad way but I like to get them going so it’s easier for me to have an already set-authority for them and be able to communicate with them the rules and be held to a higher standard.”

The Pirates will take on the undefeated Golden Eagles tonight at Seneca at 7:00 p.m.