GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates advanced to the next round of the playoffs after they defeated Russell by a score of 42-12 on Friday night at CAM Stadium.
A few things happened on Friday night when the Pirates beat Russell. Belfry head Coach Phillip Haywood recorded his 400th career win, the Pirates advanced to the next round to face Lawrence County next week, and Belfry scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter alone.
The Pirates took control of the game early and scored 42 points in the first half. Andrew Fletcher broke the ice when he punched it into the end zone from 1-yard out with 11:12 left to play in the first quarter after Belfry recovered a fumble and drove the ball down to Russell’s goal line. Austin Woolum nailed the extra point kick and the Pirates jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead.
After the initial stun wore off The Red Devil’s put together an impressive offensive drive and worked the ball down field. Russell scored with 6:43 left to play in the first quarter when Jacob McKee floated a pass 18-yards into the end zone and Landon Brewer came down with the ball to put six points on the board for the Red Devils. The extra point kick was blocked by Xondre Willis and the score stood at 7-6.
Belfry fired back with 3:43 left to play in the first quarter when Derek Wellman rushed into the end zone from 11-yards out. Woolum added the extra point and the Pirates ended the first quarter with a 14-6 lead over the Red Devils.
After forcing Russell to punt the Belfry Pirates steamed down the field to the Red Devil’s end zone and Fletcher crossed the goal line again from 4-yards out with 8:49 left to play before halftime. Woolum added the extra point and the score raised to 21-6. The Pirates added more fuel to the fire when Cameron Catron scored another quick touchdown with 7:54 left to play before halftime. Woolum added the extra point and the Pirates took a commanding 28-6 lead over the Red Devils.
McKee tossed up another pass to the right side where it was intercepted by Pirate cornerback Devin Varney. Varney returned the pick 17-yards to the end zone with 7:07 left to play before halftime and the Pirates jumped out to a 35-6 lead. Willis scored the last touchdown for the Pirates after rushing 48-yards to pay dirt with 4:39 left to play before halftime, Woolum made the extra point and the Pirates entered halftime with a 42-6 lead over Russell.
In the second half the Red Devils only scored once and that was early in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard rushing touchdown. They failed to make the two-point conversion and the game ended with the Pirates winning with a final score of 42-12.
The Pirates rushing attack was in fine form against the Red Devils. Willis led the way with 92-yards rushing on three carries and one score. Fletcher finished with 70-yards rushing on six carries and two touchdowns. Catron rushed for 40-yards on three carries and added a score and Wellman rushed four times for 24-yards and a score.
Belfry finished the night with 314-yards rushing on 27 total carries. Catron recovered one fumble during the game and intercepted one pass and returned it back for 15-yards. Varney intercepted one pass and returned it for a touchdown. Woolum made all six of his extra-point kicks.
Belfry’s defense held Russell to only 107-yards rushing. Varney, Chase Runyon, Wellman, Nate Sanger and Cole Bentley all had five tackles each during the game.
The Pirates will move on to face Lawrence County at home next week for the third round of the playoffs. Lawrence County was the closest game the Pirates had during the regular season with a final score of 27-23.
Score by quarters:
Belfry: 14 28 0 0 – 42
Russell: 6 0 0 6 – 12
( 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 @sidplater)