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Aidan Burkman carries the ball and is tackled by a Unity defender.

The Grantsburg Pirates scored early and often against the Unity Eagles which lead to a big victory. Now Grantsburg prepares to meet the only undefeated team in the Lakeland conference this Friday against Hurley.

Pirate head coach Adam Hale told the Sentinel, “It was a good team win and a great bounce back performance after last week.”

Last week the Pirates lost to Minnesota powerhouse Paynesville 58-35.

On Friday, the Unity rushing attack was able to put up 267 but only 6 points. Hale said the defense had a stellar night.

“Our defense needed a good night after the Paynesville game and they definitely responded,” he said. “Coach Dennis Hale did a great job changing up the scheme and I thought our defensive line was solid all night. We gave up a couple big runs but buckled down and kept them out of scoring position most of the night.”

Hale was happy with the momentum the team gained in the first quarter. The fast start lead to 21 points in the first half and proved helpful in the 42-6 win.

“Sterling McKinley has been consistent and had another nice night while Isaac Quimby and Aidan Burkman both had nice nights offensively,” Hale said. “Our offensive line of Ike Lee, Cam Denn, Trevor Anderson, Carter Johnson & Gage Hall deserve a lot of credit as they have improved weekly and are starting to really play well.”

Hale explained the game against the Hurley Northstars (formerly the Hurley Midgets) as the game of the year for his team.

“We'll prepare for this game likes it the game of the year, because it is right now,” Hale said. “The winner controls their own destiny and sits alone up top the conference standings. Hurley is a very good team and presents a lot of problems with their offensive deception so that will have to be a big focus for us this week.”