GOODY, K.y. – They come from near and far to test themselves against the Belfry Pirates, Knoxville Catholic left CAM Stadium defeated. The Pirates outscored the Fighting Irish 38-14.
The Belfry Pirates won their Homecoming game against the Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish on Friday night. There was a quite concern amongst Pirate fans’ leading into Friday night’s game against Knoxville Catholic because this was Belfry’s first year playing the Fighting Irish and not much was known about the opposing team. Knoxville Catholic had a great pedigree on paper and I’m sure they were big news in Tennessee; but this is Eastern Kentucky and we do things a little bit different around here.
Noah Corbett scored the first touchdown of the game from a quarterback keeper from five yards out with 7:19 left to go in the first quarter. Austin Woolum added the extra point kick and the Pirates jumped out first with a 7-0 lead.
Xondre Willis crossed the goal line next for the Pirates after catching a pass from Corbett and taking it 55-yards to the house with 6:22 left to go in the first quarter. Woolum added the extra-point and the score became 14-0.
Andrew Fletcher scored the first points of the second quarter on a 3-yard run with 10:23 left to play in the first half. Woolum added another extra-point and The Pirates jumped up by three scores.
T.J. Dotson picked off a Knoxville Catholic pass and returned the interception 29-yards to the end zone with 4:37 left to go in the first half. Woolum added the extra-point to make the score 28-0.
Knoxville Catholic scored their first points of the game on a 33-yard run with 3:20 left to go before halftime, they made the extra-point and both teams went to the locker room with the score being 28-7.
Cameron Catron started off the second half scoring on a 44-yard touchdown run with 5:22 left to play in the third quarter. Woolum nailed the extra-point kick and put the Pirates up 35-7. Woolum added the final score for the Pirates on a 28-yard field goal with 6:02 left to play in the game to make the score 38-7.
Knoxville Catholic saved some dignity and put six more points on the board from an 82-yard pass reception; they made the extra-point and made the final score of the ball game 38-14.
The Pirates finished the game with three rushing touchdowns and 468-yards on the ground. Fletcher had 47-yards on 11 carries and one rushing touchdown. Corbett gained 104-yards rushing on 21 carries and one rushing touchdown. Catron had 102-yards rushing on nine carries and one rushing touchdown. Willis compiled 157-yards on 11 carries.
Woolum went 5 for 5 on extra points and went 1 for 2 on field goals.
Dotson and Chase Dove led the Pirates in tackles with eight apiece, Nate Sanger and Ray Horton followed closely with six tackles apiece. Catron and Woolum had five tackles apiece.
The Pirate defense held the Fighting Irish to only 28-yards rushing throughout the game but gave up 316 yards passing.
The Pirates move on to perfect on the season with a record of 5-0, Knoxville Catholic can just go back to Knoxville and worry about what their record is there because in Eastern Kentucky it’s 0-1.
B: 14 14 7 3 38
KC: 0 7 0 14 14
(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)