GOODY, K.y. – The Belfry Pirates will begin week two of the regular football season by traveling to Harlan County to battle the Black Bears at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
Fresh off of a big win, and against a much bigger school, the Belfry Pirates are heading into week two with a lot of momentum. The Pirates defeated Class 6A Tates Creek, 55-38, for their first win of the season during the Pike County Bowl. The Tates Creek Commodores used a spread offense against the Pirates but couldn’t stop the Pirate run game. Senior running back, Xondre Willis and sophomore running back Derek Wellman combined for 6 of the Pirates 8 touchdowns. Andrew Fletcher had the other two.
The Harlan Count Black Bears are 1-1 on the season so far, they lost their first game to a tough Southwestern team 57-0 but won their second game against Clay County, 43-6. This will be Head Coach Warren Creech’s second season with the Black Bears. The Black Bears finished last season at 11-2, they lost to Pulaski County during the opening round of the state playoffs.
The one player the Pirate defense will have to watch out for in this game is Black Bear running back Dylan Cornett. Cornett has compiled 179 rushing yards on 15 attempts and scored 3 rushing touchdowns in their first two games.
Head Coach Phillip Haywood believes in the old adage of “if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it.” Belfry is known as a powerhouse when it comes to the run. Against the Commodores the Pirates pounded the ball up the field six or seven yards at a time until they scored. Haywood said his team has been preparing for the tough defense they will face this Friday.
“These guys run a very tough 5-3 defense and they are able to penetrate the gaps a lot and they can create real problems for you in the back field, we know that’s coming,” said Haywood.
Haywood said, “We know this will be a tough game, we played there a couple of years ago and we had to play our butts off for that second half win. They have a new coach and we know he is incorporating more of a spread offense into the mix, they will also run but they will throw a lot of different looks at us.”
As the Pirates get over the hype of the first game we will continue to see if this year’s team can hold up to the pressure of striving for another state title.
They are looking good so far.
(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] or on twitter @sidplaster)