GOODY, Ky – Friday night the Belfry Pirates were on fire against the Johnson Central Golden Eagles as the Pirates completely shut them out with a final score of 41-0.
Pond Creek Nation stood in the stands at CAM Stadium in shock because not one person could have predicted what happened on Friday night. Most of the talk before the game was in favor of a Golden Eagle victory. Words like “if we can keep the score close then we may have a shot to win,” were what most Pirate fans were saying. Unexpectedly the Pirates grabbed ahold of the momentum, took off running and never looked back.
Xondre Willis created steam through the chilly air as he fired down the Johnson Central sideline during the first play of the game for a huge 80-yard score. Austin Woolum added the extra point and the Pirates jumped out to a 7-0 lead before anyone knew what happened.
Belfry lined up for the kickoff and Woolum knocked it deep into the back left corner, Johnson Central fumbled on the return and the Pirates quickly gained possession again. Belfry worked the ball down to the 3-yard line and Willis ran in another touchdown with 9:09 left to play in the first quarter. On the extra point attempt there was a high snap and the holder was forced to keep the ball himself, he failed to cross the goal line and the scored stayed at 13-0.
Everything was going right for the Pirates after they held the Johnson Central offense to a quick three and out. On the next possession with 6:33 left to play in the first quarter the Pirates scored again when Noah Corbett connected with Cameron Catron and Woolum added the extra point to make the score 20-0.
With 1:24 left to play in the first quarter Woolum caught a bomb from Corbett and took it all the way down field for another Pirate score to put the Pirates ahead by four scores in the first quarter. Woolum added the extra-point and the score was 27-0.
The Pirate defense recovered a fumble down on the Johnson Central 30-yard line with 8:36 left to play in the second quarter. Belfry took advantage of the good field position and worked the ball down to the 13-yard line where Corbett leaped into the end zone for another Belfry score with 6:31 left to play before halftime. Woolum added the extra point and the Pirates posted 34 unanswered points.
It looked like Johnson Central might have caught a break after halftime when Catron dropped the ball on a punt return and the Golden Eagles recovered the ball near the Pirate goal line. Johnson Central was set up on the 5-yard line but the Pirate defense made a crucial goal line stop on all four downs.
The Pirates got the ball back and inched away from their own goal line on a couple of drives. Willis once again showed his speed when he dashed 88-yards down the field to put the final touches on an amazing rushing performance. Woolum added the extra point and made the final score 41-0 in towards the end of the third quarter.
After scoring 36 unanswered points the Pirates initiated the continuous clock rule and the fourth quarter flew by and before you knew it the game was over.
Willis finished the night leading the Pirate rushing attack with 188-yards on seven carries; he had three rushing touchdowns during the game. Derek Wellman was next in line with 53-yards on six carries. Corbett added the fourth rushing touchdown for the Pirates. The Pirates finished the night with 313-yards rushing on 32 total carries.
Corbett finished the night with three passing completions out of five attempts and two passing touchdowns. Woolum finished the night making all five of his extra point attempts.
Defensively the Pirates held the Golden Eagles to 269-yards rushing with no scores. Nate Sanger led the team in tackles with 11. Ray Horton finished with nine total tackles and Devin Varney had eight total tackles.
The Pirates picked up a lot of momentum by shutting out Johnson Central heading into the playoffs. Read the Williamson Daily News’s preview to see who the pirates will face in the first round of the playoffs.
Belfry: 27 , 7 , 7 , 0 , 41
J C : 0 , 0 , 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)