Granbury breaks 33-year playoff drought

Among all the teams that clinched a spot in the playoffs last week, few have been waiting longer for a return to the postseason than the Granbury Pirates.

After a 33-year absence, Granbury punched its playoff ticket in dramatic fashion.

Brent Phillips’ 34-yard field goal with four seconds remaining gave Granbury (6-3, 4-2 District 7-4A) a 24-21 victory over Burleson on Friday before an approving crowd at Pirate Stadium.

The accomplishment was made sweeter considering Granbury’s 1-19 record over the last two seasons.

With the score tied at 21, Granbury moved from its 36 to the Burleson 17 in the final three minutes to set up the winning kick.

Running back Brandon Davis led the Pirates with 211 yards on 19 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 54 and 65 yards.

The Pirates have a chance to move up in the 7-4A standings Friday evening when they face Mansfield Summit (7-2, 5-1) in the final regular-season game at R.L. Anderson Stadium in Mansfield. Summit is No. 10 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A rankings.

In its last playoff appearance in 1977, Granbury lost, 16-14, to eventual Class 2A state champion Wylie in the bi-district round.