The Deweyville Pirates had a good season in2012, Head Coach Chris Babinís first year at Deweyville. The Pirates went 8-3 and made it to the second round of the playoffs. Coach Babin recapped last season. "Tied for the district championship with two other teams, but went in as the first seed in the playoffs off of points. Got that first round bye, and got edged out in the second round versus Elysian Fields by two points," Babin said.
The tough loss in the playoffs still had positive vibrations for Deweyville and Coach Babin. "It was positive, it set the tone for the next spring that followed, these kids are ready, theyíre fired up and confident going into this year," assessed Babin. He added the Pirates look to build on that strong season from last year. The players feel there is some unfinished business that needs to be taken care of, and they have been doing that by putting more time in the weight room and expressing an eagerness to start the off season. "Our kids watched Elysian Fields reach the semi-finals, so now our kids feel they were a state semi-finalist caliber football team, so that has really motivated us from that game on and we havenít stopped working, itís been good," Babin exclaimed.
Offensively Deweyville returns most of its skilled players. Ryan Collins ran for 1764 yards and 30 touchdowns returns as the tailback. Cody Dupuy will quarterback the Pirates again after throwing for 500 and running for 1200 yards while accounting for 13 touchdowns last season. Fullback Joey Greer did a great job running for 500 yards is back. All-District utility player Brendan Waldrup runs, throws, and catches the ball and fills out Coach Babinís backfield.
Two returning all-district lineman will make sure the Piratesí runners have plenty of holes to run through. Mitchell Brown and Cole Nelms both check in at over 280 pounds and over six feet tall. Damien Craig was all-district at tight end in 2012 and adds another plus to the Deweyville offense. Coach Babin thinks his line will be bigger, stronger, and maybe meaner hopefully by this coming season.
The sign outside of Coach Babinís office says "Defense Wins Championships". Deweyville lost some all-district players on defense from last yearís squad, but lineman of the year Nelms returns and will be installed at noseguard joining Jose Arriaga in the defensive line along with Greer at defensive end. Coach Babin is quick to state the strength of his defense is at the safety positions. "Brendan Waldrup and Cody Dupuy, they both of course start on offense for us as well, they both play safety, they make a lot of tackles and do a lot of good things from that position," Babin beamed.
Last season gave the Deweyville Pirates a taste of the playoffs. Coach Babin said the Pirates are hungry for more of the same. They are talking about going undefeated this season and advancing further in the playoffs according to Coach Babin. "Our goal is to go undefeated , our goal is to be playing in December and thatís what we talk about, we talk about playing in December, we talk about being undefeated," admitted Babin.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-