PAINTSVILLE – The (9-1) Belfry Pirates handed The (9-1) Johnson Central Golden Eagles their first loss of the season on Friday night in a defensive showdown that ended with a final score of 21-16.
The Pirates rushing attack was slightly hindered by the defense of Johnson Central. However, the Pirate defense stepped up in a big way with two crucial interceptions that kept Johnson Central out of the end zone enough to bring home a victory in the final game of the season.
Belfry finished under-par with only 191-yards rushing and no yards passing, although they did find the end zone twice. Noah Corbett and Austin Woolum found pay-dirt for the Pirates. Derek Wellman led the team in yards with 152 on 13 carries but he was unable to get into the end zone.
One Pirate who did find the end zone was Taveon Hunter, who scored on a long 89-yard kick off return which ultimately led to the winning point difference. Woolum was also 3 for 3 for extra points giving the Pirates the edge.
The Golden Eagles accumulated more yards on offense but could only manage two scores. Johnson Central gathered 161-yards on 37 carries on the ground and 219-yards on 23 receptions through the air with one rushing TD and one passing TD.
Chase Dove led the pirates on defense with 10 total tackles. Austin Hall finished with nine tackles while Ray Horton, Woolum, Wellman, Austin Fields, and Chase Runyon had eight tackles.
The Pirates finish the regular season with one loss which was against Knoxville Catholic earlier in year. The Pirates will enter the post season this upcoming week against Bath County in the opening round of the playoffs.
Scores by Quarters:
JC: 7 0 3 6 – 16
B: 7 0 14 0 – 21
(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], also @sid.plaster on twitter.)