GOODY, Ky. – If you want to win the opening round of the KHSAA playoffs just follow Belfry’s recipe. Force you opponent into a three and out and then get the ball and score. Lather, rinse; repeat.
Belfry rolled over Bath County 50-0 in the opening round of the Class-AAA KHSAA playoffs giving them a trip to the second round and one step closer to Bowling Green.
The Bath County Wildcats received the opening kickoff but was forced to punt after a three down stop by the Pirate defense. On the very first play of the Pirates opening drive Avery Browning connected with Austin Woolum on a 50-yard catch and run to put the pirates on the board first. Woolum also added the extra point giving the Pirates seven to start off the game.
It didn’t take long before the Pirates were back on offense. Cameron Catron received the punt from the Wildcats and set the Pirates up on their own 10-yard line. Taveon hunter was able to find some running room during the drive and sneak into the end zone untouched from 10-yards out, Woolum added the extra point again giving the Pirates a 14-0 lead.
The Pirates once again forced the Wildcats into a three and out and regained the ball. Catron caught a hard fought pass from Browning which turned into a 10-yard scoring catch by Wollum. The Pirates ended the first quarter leading 21-0 over Bath County. The game continued in this fashion even with the Pirates second string playing most of the second half.
The Pirates set the running clock rule in place before the halftime buzzer after Catron scored once more on a 89-yard punt return for a score and Hunter found pay dirt again on a 30-yard scamper. After Hunter scored the Pirates used fullback Andrew Fletcher to get into the end zone for a two-point conversion to make the score 36.
In the second half, second string players Isiah Birchfield and Ben Bentley found the end zone. Birchfield zigged and zagged his way into the end zone from 27-yards out and Bentley made his own way after running through a Wildcat defender standing on the goal line. In the second half Grayson Cook nailed both of his extra point attempts while Woolum stayed perfect in the first half making all four of his.
Browning finished the night connecting on four passes for 79-yards and two touchdowns. The Pirates finished with 275-yards of total offense while the pirate defense held Bath County to only 44-yards of offense all night. The Pirates had four rushing TDs and two passing TDs with Hunter leading the ground game with 38-yards on two carries with two scores. Peyton Hensley led the Pirates in yardage with 42-yards on four carries.
On defense the Pirates were led by middle linebacker Austin Fields who had eight tackles. Hunter followed close with seven and Derek Wellman had six tackles.
The Pirates will advance to play Fleming County in the next round; they defeated Lawrence County 29-22. The Pirates still hold home field advantage so the next game will be played at CAM Stadium. The only way the Pirates will lose home field advantage is if they meet Russel in the third round and Corbin in the fourth round.
This scenario is likely to happen as Pike Central defeated West Carter 43-34 on Friday night so Russell, who received a first round BYE, will meet the Hawks in the second round. If Russell wins and Belfry beats Fleming County they will meet in the third round.
Scores by quarters:
Belfry: 0 0 0 0 – 0
Bath Co: 21 15 7 7 – 50.
(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] on on twitter @sidplaster.)