The Clymer Pirates sailed into their Friday night (October 11) game against Frewsburg fresh off a big win over South Dayton’s Pine Valley Central Panthers on October 5 where they racked up an impressive scoring barrage, doubling their lead in the fourth quarter for a 28-12 victory.
“The Pine Valley game was our Homecoming game,” Clymer Pirates coach Dave Bodamer said. “Couldn’t have been a better game to win for the boys to experience the rewards for hard play and great execution.” And whether the game is home or away Clymer fans crowd the stands, the coach said. “We have great support. Our fans travel a lot. They are really important at our away games.”
Coach Bodamer was happy to see his team turn the corner out of a previously 0 – 4 season. “We competed at the level we should be in that game,” Bodamer said. The Pirates lost a lot of their most seasoned senior players last year and this year’s schedule is a tougher lineup than last year’s, the coach explained.
“But win or lose, the game is a great way to teach young men to lead, and we need a lot of new leaders in our country today.” Bodamer understands the connection between gridiron battles and real-world conflict; he teaches US History, Government and an elective course on Military History of the Civil War.
Launching his on-field offense with a young team, Coach Bodamer prefers to keep his quarterback close to the line, running a pistol offense out of a spread formation. On defense, the Pirates prefer man-to-man coverage and a four-man front line. The Pirates style of play is not about trick plays but good execution, running, passing, blocking and tackling.
Even late in the season, according to coach, there is still a way to navigate through a tough schedule with a few more key wins. Coach Bodamer is proud of his boys and looks forward to rounding out the season with a few more marks in the win column.