BELFRY, Ky. - Great special team play stole the show at Vipperman Stadium for Belfry Middle School Monday night with a 41-0 shutout win over Shelby Valley.
A punt return and kickoff return for touchdowns, and when you throw in the continued deep kickoffs from Austin Woolum, it helped the Pirates win another game.
Devin Varney got things started with a 41-yard punt return for the TD. The PAT made it 7-0 to start the game off right for BMS.
A fumble stopped the drive on the first offensive possession, however the Big Red Machine got back on track when Andrew Fletcher took a hand-off 68 yards to the house. The PAT by Woolum made it 14-0.
A 52-yard punt return from Cameron Catron set up the next score for the Pirates. Catron called his own number and dove into the end zone from four yards out. Woolum booted the extra point making it a 21-0 lead heading into halftime. The second half started with a kickoff return of 70 yards by Catron for another score. The PAT made it 28-0 in favor of BMS.
When the offense got back on the field it wasted no time as Varney took the handoff 65 yards to hit pay-dirt. The PAT made it 35-0 Pirates. Shelby Valleys only threat was batted away when Cole Bentley stretched his 6-foot-5 frame to knock the ball out of the air by the Wildcats quarterback on 4th and goal from the 8-yard line. The Pirates went to work right away moving the ball quickly down-field with Ray Horton carrying the load. Catron then went to the air for a 16 yard completion to Bentley. The last play of the game Catron hit pay-dirt from 46 yards away, after scrambling when he had dropped back to pass. The Pirates offense rushed for 307 yards on 23 plays. Catron had 110, Fletcher 77 and Varney 71. Hall and Horton had several big plays for the Pirates offense also. Defense standouts for the Pirates were Bentley with seven tackles, Josh Thacker and Austin Hall had six each, and Horton, Chase Dove and Catron had five tackles. Dove had a fumble recovery and Derrick Wellman had an interception. The Pirates are now 10-0 for the season. Tonight they will play Pikeville for the county championship at Pike County Central High School field.