Pirates to entertain 6A Henry Clay in opener

By Kyle Lovern

August 27, 2014

By Kyle Lovern


GOODY, Ky. - Belfry’s first test of the season will come against Class 6A Lexington Henry Clay, as they host the Blue Devils in the Pike County Bowl on Friday night at CAM Stadium.

“This is a great game for us to test ourselves because you know they are going to bring some speed to the table,” said longtime coach Philip Haywood. “You don’t always see that every week.”

“We look forward to playing them,” an optimistic Haywood said.

Belfry has played the bigger school in the past.

“They play a week before we do so they’ll have a game on us,” Haywood added.

“We’re going to have to work hard to get in shape. Sometimes in that first game you’ll get a little tired anyway,” he added.

“Hopefully that won’t be a factor,” Haywood said. “But, they will have some speed.”

“I understand they have a real good running back with exceptional speed this year,” Haywood added.

“It’s always good competition. It is good, hard and clean football when you play Henry Clay,” said Haywood.

“We really enjoy playing them,” he concluded.

Kickoff is slated for 8:35 p.m. for the Belfry vs. Henry Clay game. Pike County Central will play Somerset in the opener at 6:05 p.m.

Other games scheduled for the Pike County Bowl on Friday will be at Shelby Valley High School. The games will be played at the Johnson Brothers Athletic Complex, with Shelby Valley vs. Paris at 6:05 p.m., and Phelps vs. Betsy Layne at 8:05 p.m.

On Saturday, August 30 at Pikeville High’s W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex with East Ridge vs. Hurley at 6:05 p.m. and Pikeville vs. Hazard will play at 8:05 p.m.

(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civitasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)