Grantsburg head coach Adam Hale admitted Hurley ‘deserved to win’ thanks to their big plays. The team will be working on having fewer mistakes when they play Ladysmith this Friday night.

These plays including the final touchdown pass scored by Hurley as the fourth quarter was ending.

Grantsburg was up 14-6 at halftime. However, they were outscored in the second half 6-21. With this loss the Pirates drop to third in the conference.

For the Pirates there were bright spots throughout the game.

“Carter Johnson played a terrific game at inside linebacker as well as on the o-line,” Hale said. “He played with a lot of heart and made 25 tackles. Ike Lee and Gage Hall did a nice job on the offensive and defensive lines.”

The game was scheduled for the week before, but was cancelled due to a mishap with the officiating crew. The team had an extra week to prepare for the Northstars and Hale said it may have not been helpful.

“It ended up being harmful because we had way too many mistakes and penalties,” Hale stated. “Some things that we have done well on offense all year and rather routinely, we couldn't execute.”

Hale still has faith in his team, calling them a “solid group.”

“We need to get back to making routine plays and keeping drives alive on offense,” Hales said. “Defensively, we need to force some ‘3 and outs’ and more punting situations which we didn't do Friday.”