30 Questions to Kickoff: Who will play Captain Jack for the Pirates?

From Lamorinda to East County, we roll on with another question about offense.

Ben’s question: The summer rumor came true and the 2008 season will open with Pittsburg coach Victor Galli looking for a steady hand under center. According to a release we got from coach Galli, last year’s QB Mario Hill Jr. is no longer with the team. That means the Pirates need a quarterback. The good news is whoever fills that spot should have plenty of talent to work with but the question remains: Who will captain the Pirates offense?

Chace’s offense: Coming to the Pirates rescue should be senior Joe Lewis. Pittsburg coach Victor Galli thought highly enough of Lewis as a sophomore in 2006 when he made him the backup to senior Kraig Pifer. Lewis decided to take a year off from football in 2007 to focus on baseball. But now he’s back, and he should have a plethora of talent to work with.

Avery Patterson and Bryce Flowers should comprise a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield. And as for downfield targets, wide receivers Michael Adan and D.J. Young both return. In fact, with eight returning starters on offense, Lewis should have a lot of help.

The Pirates defense should be a big help, too. Patterson and linebacker Emeka Williams will lead a defense that should be quite staunch. If the defense delivers as expected, Lewis and the offense won’t need to score 30 points a game to win. But one thing is for sure, with the schedule that Galli put together (first four games: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Monte Vista, Berkeley and Burbank-Sacramento), Pirates on both sides of the ball will be tested early. 

We’ll be back Monday for another week of questions. Enjoy the weekend.