(October 17, 2013) -- The Pirates won't admit it, but after knocking off defending 11-2A division two district champs Centerville two weeks ago, it's the team to beat for the district title.
"I think we've positioned ourselves well," said Crawford head coach Delbert Kelm. "I don't know if we're the team to beat but I think this team has worked real hard at this point and time of the year to position themselves well in the district race and we feel good about where we are right now."
"As of now I think it does because we're currently leading, only undefeated team," said Crawford offensive and defensive lineman Blake Kasbarian. "I think that was a big key for us since the beginning of the year, to step up and try and take on the past district champions."
"That was a big win. We played really well, played well as a team, we all did our jobs," said Crawford tight end and defensive lineman Tyler Smith. "And it has a great feeling around here now. We all feel like we can do a lot of good things."
The Pirates lead the district with a 3-0 record.
Rosebud-Lott, off to a 2-1 start in district play, sees this as a test to see how far they've come since its 1-6 performance in district last season.
"It's a big test for us and I like them coming in undefeated, it puts a lot of pressure on them," said Rosebud-Lott receiver and defensive back D.J. Johnson. "Plus, we don't have nothing to lose, we're just here to play football."
"It's going to be a hard test right here. It's going to be a good game," said Rosebud-Lott offensive and defensive lineman Austin Talafuse. "I got a feeling we can bounce back, we've had a great week of practice and we're ready for them."
"This kind of defines your character," said Rosebud-Lott head coach Craig Jackson. "It kind of lets you know where we sit, what we can do, when we get to the playoffs what we can expect and from our kids who will step up and I think it truly defines who you are and how you battle."