GOODY, Ky. – The (7-1) Belfry Pirates welcomed the (3-5) Warrensville Heights Tigers on Friday night for an interstate match-up on homecoming.
The Pirates entered halftime with a 28 point lead after capitalizing on three Tiger fumbles in the first half. Belfry added a score and a two-point conversion in the second half to start the running clock rule and end the game with a final score of 36-0.
Anticipation had boiled over the rim heading into the game over just how the hometown Pirates would fare against the unknown team from Cleveland, OH. The Pirates tried and true game plan of winning the match in inches prevailed once again.
To be fair Warrensville had plenty of talent on display, quarterback Shamar Latham was accurate throughout the game while connecting with his many offensive targets. Running back Donte Norris was quick and agile but was unable to find a hole in the Pirate defense.
The Pirates were one step ahead of the Tigers game plan from the beginning as the Tigers lined up to receive the first kickoff with a unique overloaded formation to the right side. Belfry’s Grayson Cook sent the kick to the unmanned side and Belfry recovered the first kickoff. Belfry quarterback Noah Corbett laid the ball down on the first possession and the Tigers recovered.
Warrensville fumbled on the next possession and the Pirates recovered the ball on their own 30-yard line. After the Pirates turned in back-to-back false start penalties they finally got the ball moving in the right direction. With 8:44 left to play in the first quarter Andrew Fletcher go the first score of the game for the Pirates on a 5-yard punch in. Grayson Cook added the extra point and the Pirates jumped ahead 8-0.
Fletcher would go on to score three times against the Tigers with one two-point conversion. He finished the night with 96-yards rushing on 15 carries to lead the Pirates.
Corbett and Taveon Hunter were the other two scores for the Pirates. Hunter broke loose on the first Pirate drive of the second half with a twisting and turning 30-yard scamper to pay-dirt. Corbett capped off the first quarter scoring to put the Pirates ahead 14-0.
Cook was perfect on extra point attempts through night going 4 for 4.
Late in the fourth quarter the Tigers had worked the ball into the red zone and were standing on the lip of the cup ready to score. On third down Latham looked for a receiver in the middle of the end zone but Belfry’s Austin Fields came down with the catch for his first interception of the season.
Offensively the Pirates dominated with 279-yards rushing on 42 carries and five rushing TDs. Corbett attempted one pass to Ryan Jessie but the pass fell incomplete.
Warrensville finished with 90-yards rushing on 25 carries and 84-yards passing on 13 completions. Latham finished the night going 6 for 13 with one interception.
Leading the Pirates on defense was senior Chase Dove with eight tackles, he was followed by Austin Blankenship with six tackles.
The Pirates will move on to their next district match against the Pike County Central Hawks this upcoming week.
Scores by Quarters:
WH: 0 0 0 0 – 0
Belfry: 14 14 8 0 – 36
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Willaimson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242, or at [email protected], also at @sid.plaster on twitter)