GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates made the Hawks of Pike Central walk the plank again on Friday night on a wet Haywood Field.
The Pirates defeated the Hawks for the second time in the 2013 season 43-6 to advance to the state semi-finals of the Class 3A playoffs in the Bluegrass State and win yet another regional title.
It was not only the hard-hitting by the Pirates defense, but also the driving rain and the strong wind gusts that made it a miserable night for the visitors. For much of the first half the rain was steady and the wind blew the rain sideways.
It was a poncho night for those in attendance and the rain kept many fans away. There were a lot of empty seats in CAM Stadium.
After a long drive that ate up much of the clock in the first quarter, Belfry struck first, as senior quarterback Sani Warren scored with just over 5:00 left in the opening 12 minutes. Freshman Austin Woolum kicked the extra point and the Pirates led 7-0.
Early in the second quarter Belfry’s T. J. Dotson intercepted a Mac Justice pass and returned it all the way to the 7-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage junior Austin Hatfield bulled his way into the end zone for a TD. Woolum’s kick make it 14-0. Hatfield was seeing his first action on offense in several games after suffering a severe ankle injury. He returned last week, but only played on defense.
On Pike Central’s next offensive possession, they coughed the football up and Austin Hatfield recovered the fumble. Three plays later senior Justin Johnson sliced his way through the Hawks defense to the end zone, but the officials said he stepped out of bounds on the four yard line. His 36 yard run however set up another Hatfield TD four yards out. Woolum’s kick made it 21-0 with 9:21 left in the second quarter.
Pike Central finally moved the football into Belfry territory on a nice pass from Justice to Brad Elkins. A facemask penalty added more yards onto the play and placed the ball on the Pirate 36 yard line.
But the Belfry defense stepped up and stuffed the Pike Central offense. After Beflry took over on downs, senior Davontae Dari broke free and had an incredible 65 yard TD run faking out several defenders and breaking a couple of tackles as he dove into the end zone. The Woolum PAT made it 28-0 with 4:15 left in the first half.
Belfry wasn’t finished. After another stalled drive by the Hawks, the Pirates got the ball back one more time.
The speedy Johnson took the handoff around the right side and raced pass the Hawk defenders for a 59 yard TD run. Belfry went for the 2-point conversion as Carr muscled his way over for two more points to make it 36-0.
With that score, the clock would continue to run in the second half and Belfry took a comfortable lead into the dressing room at the half.
Things continued to go downhill for the Hawks as the third quarter started. Another fumble on this wet and windy night by PCC saw T. J. Dotson fall on the loose ball and give the pigskin back to the Pirates with 8:11 left in the third.
On the very next play Johnson rushed for a 39-yard TD. Woolum kicked another extra point to increase Belfry’s lead to 43-0.
Pike Central got a late score against the junior varsity players in the final quarter to get rid of the goose egg.
Johnson ended the game with 182 yards on 10 carries and two TDs. Dari was next in line with 67 yards on only two carries and a TD, while Hatfield had 13 yards on four attempts and a pair of TDs. Carr only had 18 yards on four carries, but scored a 2-point conversion. Quarterback Sani Warren had 16 yards on five carries and a TD.
Two JV players got in on the act as Andrew Fletcher had 25 yards on 8 carries and Devin Wellman had 20 yards on 2 tries.
Belfry had 35 carries for 341 rushing yards and no passing yardage. They rushed for 15 first downs.
Woolum was a perfect 5-of-5 on his extra point attempts.
On defense once again senior Hayden Hatfield led the team in tackles with seven, while Rayquan Horton, Joey Duty, T. J. Dotson and Austin Hall each had six. Hayden Hatfield had an interception, while Dotson had an interception. Belfry only gave up 138 yards on offense and much of that was in the final minutes with the reserves in the contest.
Belfry’s seniors played their last game on Haywood field. The Pirates will have to hit the road and will play Bourbon County in Paris, Ky. in the Class 3A semi-finals next Friday night. In the other semi-final bracket Puducah Tillman will host Wayne County.
Belfry’s nemesis the last three years in the state championship game, Louisville Central High School, lost in the regional finals to Wayne County 17-7.
Score by quarters:
PCC (7-6) …7 29 7 0 - 43
BHS (12-1) …0 0 0 6 - 6