But with low numbers at Orchard View (Hart’s opponent) and Mason County Central’s health struggles (Kent City’s opponent), the stars lined up for a Pirates-Eagles showdown.
In the last-minute match up, Hart was able to use an early lead to outlast Kent City for a 30-22 win.
The Pirates have started their season 2-0 for the first time since 2004, according to Michigan-Football.com.
Hart jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and maintained its lead by forcing four Kent City turnovers on the night.
The Pirates were led by juniors Trenton Swihart and Kellen Kimes, who shared quarterback duties effectively.
Kimes was 3 of 6 passing for 95 yards including a pair of TD passes. Swihart led the ground attack with 50 yards rushing and had a scoring pass of his own.
The Pirates receiving corps was led by Chance Alvesteffer with four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Chris Clark-Smith had a 14-yard TD catch and Joseluis Andaverde made an eight-yard scoring catch of his own.
Kent City was led by QB Tyler Larson. He was 10-of-15 passing for 104 yards and had 12 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Larson’s leading target was Kyle Montarusso who had six receptions for 73 yards.
Defensively, Hart was led by Leo Guadarrama with 12 tackles, Kellen Martinez and Austin Martinez had 11 tackles apiece.
Leading the Eagles’ defense was Case Moreno who had five tackles and a sack. James Farrington had five tackles and one for a loss.
Check out a few photos shot by Craig Beilfuss.