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November 1, 2012

Pirates face Keys for season closer

Locust Grove will head into their final game of the season on a four-game losing streak.

After losing last week at Lincoln Christian, the Pirates are no longer in playoff contention.

The Pirates will play Keys at home for senior night.

The Keys Cougars are 4-5, coming off a 42-20 win over Jay.

Keys also beat Lincoln Christian 33-13 Oct. 12.

Locust Grove, who had three turnovers last week, will need to eliminate their mistakes if they plan to beat the Cougars.

The Pirates missed their chance at the playoffs, but they still look at the upcoming game as important.

  “It (the game) means the same as all the other games,” Pirates junior defensive back Traden Sokoloski said. “It also makes it mean a lot, because it is the last game for the seniors I grew up with.”

  Locust Grove will honor 12 seniors Friday night, including quarterback Colton Witt. Witt has been the starting quarterback for the Pirates since midway through his sophomore season.

Witt said he wants to be remembered one way, as a “leader.”

“On and off the field,” Witt said. “I don’t care about the stats or anything like that, I want to be known as a great leader.”

Witt has played for Locust Grove throughout his life, which makes this game mean something to him, even without hopes for the playoffs.

“It means a lot,” said Witt.

“It’s about leaving a legacy and doing something everyone will remember and talk about forever. It’s about starting a tradition. I mean I’ve been a Pirate my whole life, nothing would be better than going out and getting a ‘W’ in my last game in that uniform.”

  Locust Grove will kick off tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., at Leonard Yarborough Stadium.

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