The Santa Ynez defense is getting up to speed.
It appears the Pirate offense is catching up.
Santa Ynez stifled the Nordhoff offense Friday night in a non-league football game as the Pirate offense came to life late to secure a 10-7 win, the Pirates' second straight after a season-opening loss.
Santa Ynez led 3-0 after a first-quarter field goal by Leo Valencia, set up by a 24-yard Nwar Samaan run.
Neither team scored in the second quarter and the Pirates took a 3-0 lead into the break. The Rangers then found the end zone on an 85-yard touchdown run by Zac Sheets in the third quarter.
The Pirates, though, responded in the fourth quarter with a 90-yard touchdown drive capped by an Isaac Moran touchdown run.
Santa Ynez is now 2-1 on the season having won a pair after dropping its season opener to Nipomo. The Pirates were down 14-0 in that one before closing it to 21-16. Nipomo is 3-0 on the season.
The Pirates will now face Santa Maria, a former Los Padres League opponent, on Friday. The Saints are 1-1 and coming off a bye. It will be the Pirates' third straight home game after opening with the game at Nipomo. Santa Ynez closes out its four-game home stretch with the Sept. 17 game against Lompoc (3-0).
Luke Gildred completed 10-of-26 passes for 85 yards and an interception.
Cash McClurg was the workhorse in the backfield for the Pirates, rushing 17 times for 72 yards.
Samaan finished with four carries for 38 yards and Moran added 44 yards on 10 carries with the Pirates' lone touchdown.
Daulton Beard, a sophomore, led the Pirates with four catches for 42 yards. Tyler Gregg added two grabs for 25 yards.
Mikey Gills led the Pirates with 13 tackles. He also had 1.5 tackles for loss. Moran had seven tackles.
Nick Crandall had 1.5 tackles for loss and Isaiah Castro and Brandon Welby each added one tackle for loss.
Gregg and Nolan Oslin each had an interception. Gregg returned his for 31 yards.
Nolan Oslin has one interception in all three games this year.
Nordhoff came into Friday's game at Santa Ynez with a 2-0 record, with wins over Cabrillo and Dos Pueblos.
After Santa Ynez lost to Nipomo on Aug. 20, the Pirates bounced back against Fillmore in a 26-21 win.
After the Lompoc game on Sept. 17, the Pirates have their bye week before starting league play with a game at Cabrillo (0-3) on Oct. 1.