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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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The Sneads Pirates are aiming for perfection this season.

That’s our motto right now,” said head coach Bill Thomas. “We want to be perfect.”

While the team has a lot of freshmen and sophomores, the Pirates are fielding 13 juniors and seniors, including some big returners who had their season cut short or delayed entirely due to injury.

Matt Thomas passed for 1,200 yards last year, but was only able to play five games, while Tyler Lawrence led the team in touchdowns, but was out after five games.

Jalen Kenner was the team’s leading receiver his sophomore year, but was unable to play at all his junior year.

I think if we stay healthy we have a chance to win every Friday night,” Thomas said.

Right now the Pirates are working on their fundamentals and trying for constant improvement.

The team is also very disciplined and smart, both in terms of grade points and in understanding football itself, Thomas added.

He has coached some of the players for their entire high school career.

The Pirates will be fielding both a varsity and a junior varsity team this season, but players may be moved back and forth between the teams.

Regular season play will start for Sneads on Aug. 24, with a road game against Cottondale. They will also be playing a scrimmage against John Paul II in Chiles on August 12 and in a preseason jamboree in Liberty County on Aug.18.

The Pirates will also be affected by the new points-based playoff system.

Thomas says it will take some getting used to, but that sometimes change is good, adding that he likes how each week’s games are important — not just the district games.

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