Belfry 14, South Oldham 8
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Belfry Middle School Pirates won their fourth straight state football championship on Sunday afternoon. They defeated the South Oldham Dragons 14-8 to claim the title as the Kentucky Division II State Champions.
Belfry started out the game on defense and held the South Oldham Dragons out of the end zone. After a turnover on downs, the Pirates took over on their own 14 yard line. The boys in red began an 86 yard drive that ended with a 65 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Seth Mounts to Isaac Spears. Dominick Francis added two to the board with the PAT.
The Big Red defense once again held the Dragons led by back-to-back sacks by Jacob Baisden. The end of the first quarter came to a close with Belfry leading 8-0.
The Pirates got the second quarter rolling with a 7-play drive that ended with another Mounts to Spears TD. That TD would take the teams into halftime with a score of 14-0 Pirates.
Coming out after the half, Belfry was plagued by penalties and turned the ball over on downs just short of a first down marker. South Oldham attempted to go to the air, only to be shut down with an interception by Belfry’s Ben Bentley. The score stood 14-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Penalties continued to follow the Pirates into the final minutes. They were once again forced to give the ball over to the Dragons after yet another turnover on downs.
South Oldham took advantage and moved the ball down the field scoring with 5:39 remaining in ten game. Belfry’s offense put together a 12-play drive that ended when they couldn’t convert on 4th and two, setting up the Pirates final defensive stand. The Dragons lined up for their final play of the game with a 4th down and seven yards to go, only to be stopped short by Isaiah Birchfield and Bentley.
Belfry took a knee to run out the clock and claim their fourth consecutive Division II Ky. State title.
Mounts was awarded offensive MVP for the game, while Bentley claimed the defensive medal.
Francis led the offense in rushing with 82 yards followed by Peyton Hensley with 60 yards.
Birchfield and Dougie Dillon led the defense with five tackles each.
Belfry 44, Taylor County 0
Belfry Middle School defeated Taylor County 44-0 on Saturday to move into the championship game on Sunday.
Belfry started off the game aggressively with an onside kick which was recovered by John Ashurst. Within just five play, the Pirates put their first points on the board with a one yard plunge by quarterback Seth Mounts, followed by Dominick Francis running in the two point conversion.
The start of the second quarter seemed off to a great start when Ben Bentley took the ball 80 yards for a Pirate TD, only to be brought back for an illegal block by the Pirates. One play later, Peyton Hensley mirrors Bentley with another 80 yard TD on the option from QB Mounts and the touchdown stands bringing the score to 16-0 after the PAT ran in by Jacob Baisden.
The final points for the half came from a 19 yard TD pass from Mounts to Isaac Spears. Bentley ran in the PAT, bringing the score to 24-0 as they went into halftime.
The second half started off for Belfry with Hensley returning the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and fullback Dougie Dillon adding two. The Pirate defense then flexed their muscles and forced Taylor Co. to a three and out, leading to Dillon putting six more on the board for the Pirates. The final points came with Bentley hitting paydirt from 15 yards out bringing the final score to 44 -0.
The Pirates decide to take a knee on their PAT attempt and leave the score at 44 in honor of their late coach No. 4 Tyler Williams.
Belfry was led on the defensive side of the ball by defensive end John Ashurst with 7 tackles, including 3 sacks. Isaiah Birchfield and Jacob Baisden followed with 4 tackles each .
MVP awards were given after the game. Bentley and Francis received the offensive honors, while defensively the awards were given to Baisden and Ashurst.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)