Surprising Granbury has share of lead in 7-4A

A show of hands likely would have come up empty for those predicting that Granbury’s record would be better than that of Everman going into Friday night’s District 7-4A contest.

Just as it has been tradition to see Everman steamroll several rounds in the Class 4A playoffs each season, it has been Granbury’s unfortunate lot to finish at or near the bottom of the district standings and quickly turn attention to basketball.

Not much has changed with Everman (3-2, 2-0.) Its two losses came at the hands of two unbeaten teams, Highland Park and Waco Midway. A playoff run is very much within its capability.

The change is in Granbury, a city of about 7,000 about 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Something refreshing is going on with the Pirates (4-1, 2-0) under coach Scotty Pugh. A program that produced only two wins in the previous three season combined has a chance for its first winning season since 2004.

Pirates Stadium hasn’t had much to get excited about in the last decade, but it should be buzzing for Friday‘s 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

A couple of seniors that share the same first name have had a lot to do with Granbury’s improvement.

Tyler Dixson, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound quarterback, has completed 56-of-94 passes for 954 yards and four touchdowns.

All the touchdown throws have gone to 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver Tyler Wright, who has 21 catches for 594 yards.

When the Pirates turn to the ground game, junior Brandon Davis (5-foot-9, 175) leads the way with 336 yards and five touchdowns.

The Pirates' last playoff appearance was in 1977. Two wins in its final five games could get Granbury into the playoffs. How about another show of hands for that preseason prediction?