Tomcats claw Pirates at Putnam Stadium
by Ralph B. Davis
ASHLAND, Ky. – Belfry went on the road to take on a strong Ashland Paul Blazer squad and lost a tough 35-20 game at historic Putnam Stadium Friday night.
In the first quarter, Ashland’s quarterback Aaron Elam connected with C. J. Johnson on a 15-yard pass. The extra point kick was good by Dylan Patrick and the home team took a 7-0 lead.
The Tomcats extended their lead in the second quarter as Malik Massey scored on a 63-yard run. The extra point by Patrick was no good to make it 13-0.
Belfry tight end Tony Messer scored the Pirates first touchdown on a 31- yard catch. Trinity Carr’s kick was good to cut the Ashland lead to 14-7.
Later in the first half, Evan Yongue scored on a 1-yard carry for Paul Blazer. The two point conversion run by Elam made it 21-7 heading into the dressing room at the half.
In the third quarter, Belfry sophomore Keaton Taylor scored on an 8-yard run. Carr’s extra point kick was good, making the score 21-14.
Then in the final quarter, Belfry’s Eli Huddle scored on a 40- yard TD reception. Carr’s extra point kick was no good, but the lead was cut to 21-20.
However, the Tomcat’s offense got two final scores to pull away and thwart at Belfry comeback bid.
Massey scored on a 66 yard run and PAT kick by Patrick was good. Then
Ashland’s Shannon Justice scored on a 16-yard fumble recovery . After the extra point kick, the Tomcats went up by two scores.
The extra point by Patrick was good setting the final tally on the Putnam Stadium scoreboard at 35-20.
Belfry had a total of 195 yards rushing and 146 yards passing, for a total offensive output of 341 yards.
Carr and Taylor led the Pirates in rushing, with Carr gaining 83 yards and Taylor rushing for 63.
Belfry standout running back Justin Johnson was injured in the game and transported to King’s Daughter Medical Center in Ashland. He suffered a concussion in the game. Johnson leads the Pirates in rushing yards and touchdowns this season.
Belfry was led on defense by senior linebacker Madison Ghormley who had 10 tackles.
Belfry is now 5-2 on the season and will travel to Lawrence County this Friday night. Ashland is now 7-1 and will travel to Greenup County on Friday. The Pirates went into the game ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, while Ashland was No. 6 in Class 4A.
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