By: JEFFREYREYNOLDS SPORTSEDITOR
October 22, 2012
MAYSVILLE, Ky. - The Belfry Middle School Pirates continue to roll toward a state championship with their convincing 46-0 win over Mason County on Saturday.
Coming off a great week of practice, the Pirates took on the Royals of Mason County, and executed their offense to near perfection.
The BMS offense hit the end zone early and often to rack up 316 total yards, while holding Mason County to only 38.
After a strong defensive stand by the Pirate defense, Belfry’s offense got rolling. Andrew Fletcher took the ball 53 yards to pay-dirt to get the Pirates going. The PAT kick by Austin Woolum made it 7-0 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.
After a 40-yard punt return by the BMS special teams, Devin Varney scored from 11 yards out to cap a four-play 31- yard drive. The extra point kick by Woolum made it to 14-0.
The Pirates continued to roll second quarter with Austin Hall getting in on the scoring with a 9-yard TD run. Woolum’s PAT brought the score to 21-0 with only minutes before the half ended.
After a quick defensive stop, the Pirates came up with a punt block by Cameron Catron. Catron quickly scooped up the ball and ran into the end zone to give the Pirates a 27-0 score heading into halftime.
Catron wasn’t finished with his fine special team play. He took the second half kickoff to the Royals 35-yard line. Varney then took the first handoff of the half and went 35 yards to the end zone. Woolum’s PAT made it 34-0.
On Belfry’s fifth possession of the game, Catron called his own number and ran a keeper around the end for a 46-yard score. The clock continued to run because of Kentucky rules once the score reaches 45-0.
The Pirates only had the ball one more time in the final quarter. Josh Thacker finished the Royals off with a 42-yard score bringing the final to 46-0.
The offensive line, Austin Dotson, Brayden Preece, Greg Staggs, Jacob Parsley, Anthony Thompson and Lee McCoy were praised by the coaching staff. They opened up some huge running seams making running room for the Belfry backfield.
The leading tacklers for the Pirates were Hall with six, Thacker and Cole Bentley with five each, while Woolum, Fletcher and Parsley finished with four. Chase Dove chipped in with a fumble recovery.
Even though the game was on the road, the young Pirate team played in front of a rowdy ‘Pond Creek Nation’ crowd as Pirates fans outnumbered the Royals 3–to-1, even with the three 3 hour drive.
Belfry Middle will take on the Corbin Redhounds Saturday at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville. The game time has not been announced.