DUNEDIN- The Dunedin Pirates (3-5) close out their Florida Football Alliance (FFA) regular-season home slate this Saturday when they face the Port Orange Stallions (2-6) of Daytona Beach. The home game will be played at Dunedin High School and kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.
Dunedin has been a snake-bitten team for most of the season, as the Pirates have fallen in close contests against the Jacksonville Cardinals (22-12), Southwest Florida Gladiators (19-0), Duval Raiders (18-8) and most recently the Golden Isles Grizzlies (30-22) of Brunswick, Georgia.
The last meeting between the Pirates and Stallions was played back in February. Dunedin traveled to Daytona Stadium, home of Bethune-Cookman University, and were able to pick up a 30-18 victory on the road. Dunedin is led offensively by quarterback Eric Vitale, who has amassed over 650 yards of offense so far.
Another key player on offense has been running back/quarterback Nate Munson, who has rushed for nearly 200 yards and has also thrown for nearly 50 on the season. Also contributing in the receiving department is former Robinson High School standout Javaughn Johnson (nine catches, 110 yards) and Andy Villamarzo (eight catches, 90 yards), who also organizes and manages the program.
Defensively, linebacker Arseles Miller Jr. and defensive end Colin Grantham, who also played at Dunedin High School, have both been key players on defense. Former Robinson standout Alex Jennings has made plays at free safety and in the kickoff return game.
For more information on the Dunedin Pirates adult amateur football team, visit www.dunedinpirates.com and the team’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/DunedinPirates. The Pirates play 11-on-11 full contact football and are a member of the Florida Football Alliance, an adult amateur league that has been in existence since 2008.