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Acadiana Kickoff Tour | Kaplan Pirates

Kaplan has lost three-straight semifinal match-ups
Posted at 8:54 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 00:12:09-04

KAPLAN — In 2019 sports media has fallen in love with the phrase "run it back."

It usually refers to teams staying together to take a run at a championship again. It's usually a good thing. But one Acadiana team is tired of "running it back,"

Kaplan football wants more.

The Pirates have watched their season end in the 3A semifinals in three-straight seasons.

In 2016 Kaplan lost to Amite 20-12. In 2017 Richwood topped the Pirates 15-8. Last season Eunice knocked out Tank Lotief's team in the rain 19-0.

"When you're that high, and so far, the first person to mess up loses. We're the ones to mess up," said senior linemen Gabriel Campbell.

This year's Pirates squad loses a large senior class. Not something that normally bothers Kaplan as the Pirates remain one of Acadiana's most consistent under head coach Stephen "Tank" Lotief.

"I think the coaches are doing all they can. It's up to us to find out how far we're going to go this year," said senor running back Nathan Sistrunk.

Kaplan doesn't want to "run it back." Kaplan wants more. Kaplan wants to get over the hump.

2018 Record: 10-4
District: 6-3A
Head Coach: Stephen Lotief
Other Notes: Lost in state semifinals past three years