GOODY, K.y. – The Belfry Pirates pulled off another big win Friday night against the Pikeville Panthers. The final score was 34-8.
There was a lot of tension prior to the game because last year the Panthers pulled off a win against the powerhouse Pirates. This year was different.
Both teams entered the game filled with excitement and determination but the Pirates had more. Pikeville scored on their first possession by a 5 yard touchdown run from running back Daric Pugh. Pugh also added the two point conversion.
The game was underway and it looked like the Panthers were here to play. That’s when the Pirates stopped playing around and bulldozed their way down the field for their first of many scores.
Quarterback Noah Corbett rushed in the first score from 12-yards out with 5:12 left to go in the first quarter. Austin Woolum added the extra point.
Belfry stopped any momentum the Panthers had built up after Cameron Catron intercepted a pass and the Pirates worked their way down the field to add one more score before the end of the first quarter. Xondre Willis rushed in the touchdown from 19-yards out with 55 seconds left to go in the first quarter to make the score at the end of the first 14-8 in favor of the Pirates.
Pikeville had relied heavily on their power running back Daric Pugh throughout their first few games, Pugh found little room to run against the Pirates on Friday night.
Corbett added another score for the Pirates with 2:32 left to go before the end of the first half from a 4-yard quarterback sneak. Woolum added the extra point.
At the half Belfry owned the lead with a score of 21-8.
The Panthers tried to hold back the Pirates and rally the second half but Belfry owned all the momentum.
Cameron Catron added another rushing touchdown for the Pirates from an option play to left side with 4:08 left to go in the third quarter. Woolum added the extra point to make the score 28-8.
The rest of the scoring for the Pirates was owned by the leg of Woolum. Woolum added two field goals for the Pirates; he made a 44-yarder and a 30-yarder to bring the final score to 34-8.
The fired up Pirate defense held the Panther offense to under a hundred yards rushing and only 107-yards passing. Derek Wellman led the Pirates in tackles with 13. Catron had 11 tackles and Chase dove had 10 tackles. Although not many of the Pirates defensive stops were by only one player. Ray Horton and Cole Bentley continue to make it impossible to penetrate the middle of the field against the Pirates. Horton had one solo sack late in the game.
Andrew Fletcher rushed 10 times for the Pirates and gained 55-yards. Corbett rushed 10 times for 63-yards and added two touchdowns. Willis rushed 11 times for 53-yards and one touchdown. The Pirates totaled 256-yards on 44 carries. They earned 11 rushing firstdowns.
The Pirates intercepted four of the Panthers passes, Catron had one, Justin Adkins had two and Devin Varney had one.
The Pirates improve to 4-0 on the season and the Panthers fall to 3-2.
Next week, the Pirates will host Knoxville Catholic out of Knoxville, TN. for homecoming week.
Belfry: 14 7 7 6
Pikeville: 8 0 0 0
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)