Belfry advances with win over Lawrence County
by Bailey Richards
Civitas News Service
GOODY, Ky. – Once again the Belfry Pirates rolled to an easy early round playoff victory on Friday night at CAM Stadium. This time they defeated visiting Lawrence County 48-6 on a crisp, cold evening.
Belfry got the opening kickoff and almost like an instant replay of last week, junior tailback Justin Johnson scored the first time he touch the ball. He took the handoff, broke free and raced 62 yards for the score. Keilan Carr booted the extra point and Belfry led 7-0 with 11:41 left in the first quarter.
After the defense got in on some action, Johnson hit pay-dirt again with 2:55 left in the opening quarter. Carr’s kick made it 14-0.
Belfry continued to roll in the second quarter. Senior Josh Robinson hit the seam and rushed 40 yards for another Pirate TD. Carr’s kick made it 21-0 with 7:55 left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs threatened to score on their next possession. Blake Prince broke loose on a nice run and got the football down to the Belfry 14-yard line, but he was caught by linebacker Madison Ghormley.
Lawrence County appeared to score a couple of plays later when quarterback A. J. Cyrus threw a touchdown pass to Noah Lambert. However, Cyrus had rolled out and had crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball, so the points were negated on the penalty and Belfry took over on downs.
After quickly moving the pigskin back downfield, Johnson scored his third TD of the night, this time a 12-yard run. Carr’s kick made it 28-0 with 3:19 left in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Belfry’s Kaleb Edwards on the 32-yard line. However, Belfry failed to get the ball into the end zone.
BHS quarterback Sani Warren completed a couple of nice passes on the drive, but his final attempts in the end zone were just out of reach of the receivers, and Belfry turned the ball over on downs.
However, the Bulldogs were unable to move the ball and Cyrus threw an interception. Belfry’s Zack Thacker picked off the pass for the final play of the half and the Pirates took a 28-0 lead into the dressing room at the half.
Warren was 4-of-9 passing for 56 yards in the first half. He also rushed for 50 yards on four carries.
Johnson had 132 yards in the first two quarters on 11 carries with three touchdowns. Robinson had one carry for 37 yards and a TD, while Trinity Carr had seven totes for 37 yards. Austin Hatfield had one try for 14 yards.
Eli Huddle and Tony Messer each caught a pass for eight yards, while Keaton Taylor hauled in a pass for six yards.
Belfry’s defense held the Bulldogs to 135 total yards in the first half.
The Pirates kept things going in the third quarter. Trinity Carr hit the end zone from 7-yards out. His brother Keilan missed the extra point kick, but Belfry led 34-0.
Belfry took over on downs once again as the defense came up strong. Robinson then scored his second TD of the night from 11 yards out. Carr’s kick made it 41-0.
The next time Lawrence County had the football, they coughed it up. Big James May recovered it and rumbled to the 25-yard line with 1:25 left in the third quarter. By this time the clock continued to run without being stopped and the rest of the half few by quickly.
Belfry got one final score as Keaton Taylor hit pay-dirt on a 4-yard run. Carr’s kick was good to make it 48-0.
Lawrence County scored in the closing minutes on the second string defense as Blake Prince got into the end zone to cap a drive. He scored from four yards away. The 2-point conversion pass failed, and the final seconds soon ticked off the game clock.
Belfry had a total of 446 yards tonight, 381 yards by rushing and 65 by passing. Johnson finished with 137 yards to lead Belfry’s potent rushing attack.
Ghormley once again led Belfry in tackles with 12.
The victory will put Belfry, 10-2, into the Regional championship game. They will host undefeated Breathitt County next Friday night. Breathitt, now 12-0, beat Pike Central 54-18 on Friday night to advance and take on the Pirates.
Ricky Goble led Lawrence County with 110 yards rushing. The Bulldogs finished the season at 5-7.
Score by quarters:
LCHS … 0 0 0 6 - 6
BHS …. 14 14 13 7 - 48
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