COLLINSVILLE, TX -- The Collinsville Pirates are talking about playoffs and they have every right to be. They've consecutively played under the week 11 lights for the past seven seasons, and the 2013 season is no different.
"We know what we have to do. How hard we have to go against other teams, know their weaknesses and strengths. And just play off of that," senior right guard Lazaro Aldaco said. "I feel pretty confident that we're going to go pretty far, make it to state hopefully."
Most of these Pirates have been playing together since 'Pee-Wee' football and they believe their chemistry is what sets them apart from their competition.
"We're just closer together, more like brothers," senior linebacker/tight end Tanner Petska said. "It's easy to get along and get after each other."
"It's one of those deals to really be a champion you almost have to be willing to die for your teammate. I think they're getting closer to that kind of respect and love for each other. They have a great time out there, we cut up, we have fun," head coach Danny David said.
"After practice a lot of times, they're sitting around there joking. They're not trying to knock the door off and get out of here. To me that means they're having a good time and they enjoy being with each other."
One thing the Pirates do not have on their side is size, so this season they'll be channeling their inner Mark Twain, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
"We're going to have to play with a lot of heart, we're gonna have to have a lot of will to get things done. You may have one big guy who looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane, you're not going to win with those kinds of guys. But you may have a little guy, that'll do anything, bite, claw and scratch you. Do everything he can to make a play, you can win a lot of games with people like that," David concluded.