GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates will be hosting the Lawrence County Bulldogs tonight at CAM Stadium.
The Pirates not only took a big loss last week, but also dropped one spot in the state rankings. Cabell-Midland handed the Pirates their first loss of the season last Friday by a one-sided score of 49-7. Now the Pirates are facing a team with a record of 4-2 and both of their losses were semi-close.
The Bulldogs lost their first game early in the season to Montgomery County by a score of 28-14. Montgomery County is a Class 5A school and also has a 4-2 record in their 5A classification. The next loss for the Bulldogs was to Raceland by a close score of 26-20. Raceland is a Class 1A school near the Ashland, Ky. area and they face a few high-up Ohio teams in their non-district games.
The Pirates had all the momentum they could achieve heading into last Friday’s game, they had beaten every opponent so far by double digit scores. To date the Pirates have scored a combined 205 points and the defense only allowed 119 points to be scored against them.
The Bulldogs have scored a combined 179 points this season and have only allowed 98 points scored against them. The Bulldog offense is led by quarterback Grant Kiser. Kiser leads the offense in rushing yards and passing yards. Kiser has earned 423-yards on 70 carries so far this season. Kiser has completed over fifty percent of his passing attempts and passed for close to 650-yards so far this season, he has thrown five touchdown passes.
Belfry Pirate Head Coach Phillip Haywood said, “They are a very skillful team and they are very versatile offensively. They (Lawrence County) can come at you from the gun formation, they can come at you from under center and they can run and pass all day long.”
Lawrence County has two other rushers that have earned good yardage for the Bulldogs but Kiser runs the show. The Bulldogs spread the ball around well and have multiple receivers with good yardage.
“Their quarterback is the key to their offense but he has a lot of weapons he can use and they do a very good job of utilizing that potential,” added Haywood.
The Pirates of course, are led offensively by Cameron Catron, Noah Corbett, Andrew Fletcher, Derek Wellman and Xondre Willis. Belfry has had no trouble finding the end zone this year and has had zero trouble stopping teams defensively up until the Cabell Midland game. The Pirates have seven players with over 30 tackles so far this season. Ray Horton, Austin Hal and Cole Bentley are big defensive linemen that help stop the opposition up front.
The Pirates will look to bounce back from last week’s loss and focus on the task at hand. “It takes a level of maturity to handle this, it was a tough loss but these things happen. You have to be able to look at it positively and learn a lesson,” said Haywood.
The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at CAM Stadium (Haywood Field).
(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)