All of that will be tested at 7:30 Saturday night, when they face top-ranked Tulsa Union (11-0) in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs.
Watson is where it all begins for PC. The senior has 687 yards rushing and 318 passing. His stats aren't eye popping, and the senior couldn't care less.
"To me, as long as we get the win, I don't care what kind of stats I have,” Watson said. "That's everyone's attitude. They don't care who gets the TD as long as we win games.”
"Nico exemplifies our team attitude,” Little said. "He has a quiet confidence and strength. He does whatever it takes for the team, and he's never worried about himself. He's someone that's a leader who other kids want to play with and win with.”
Watson wasn't winning many games last year. The Pirates went 4-6. This season, all of the sweat and early mornings in the weight room last winter, spring and summer were nearly dashed. Watson suffered a sprained ankle in PC's first intra-squad scrimmage. After recovering, he was stricken with mononucleosis, which could have benched him for the season.
"I couldn't even get out of the house,” Watson said. "I lost weight. I was weak and couldn't move. It was terrible.”
"To see him go through a season relatively healthy is special,” Little said. "He's been through so much, a lot of people might have given up. He's a tough kid.”
He'll need to be tough against Tulsa Union. The Redskins will be heavy favorites when the Pirates visit Union-Tuttle Stadium on Saturday night. But again, Watson isn't exactly in awe.
"They're a great team and number one for a reason,” he said. "But they don't scare us. We don't get intimidated. We just play our game. They're 17 or 18 years old just like we are.”