GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates bounced back Friday night against the Cabell Midland Knights. Belfry won the match by a final score of 35-21.
Belfry jumped ahead 14-0 in the first quarter with scores from Taveon Hunter and Noah Corbett. After Belfry received the ball on the first kickoff they quickly got the ball in the end zone. The drive was capped off by a 30-yard rush by Hunter. Austin Woolum returned as the Pirates extra point kicker and added the extra point. Corbett scored with 2:35 left to play in the first on a 2-yard punch, Woolum once again added the extra point.
Belfry accumulated 404-yards of total offense on the night on 54 plays. The Knights trailed 28-7 at the half after Belfry outscored them 14-7 in the second quarter. The first of Belfry’s scores was set up by a huge 50-yard run from hunter to put the Pirates in the red zone. After Andrew Fletcher was able to get the first down on the 2-yard line the pirates had 2-yards to go and four downs to get there. Corbett would sneak into the end zone for the score and his second TD of the night.
The Knights were the first to score in the second quarter on a 15-yard TD from Ivan Vaughn and Mathew Molina added the extra point.
The Knights almost made it to pay dirt on the opening kickoff of the second half but was stopped short by a shoe lace tackle from the kicker, Woolum. The Pirates managed to stop the Knights on that drive to force a turn over on downs.
On the Pirates opening drive of the second half things started to go wrong. The Pirates earned an off-sides penalty on first down that led to a 3-21 situation. Eventually, the Pirates opted for the field goal and Woolum attempted from 41-yards out but didn’t have the leg; the kick was short and the Knights regained the ball.
Both teams stayed scoreless during the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Pirates drove the ball to within striking distance. Cameron Catron got the carry and made it to the end zone and tumbled in, during the tumble the ball came loose and the refs awarded the knights with the recovery. The knights would capitalize on the Pirates only fumble of the night with Vaughn taking flight on a 79-yard touchdown run.
The Pirates still had a 14 point lead until Catron broke off another 20-yard TD run except this time there was no fumble. Woolum added the extra point and the Pirates extended the lead to 35-14.
The knights scored once more before time ran out but the effort was too little too late.
Out of the Pirates 404-yards of total offense Fletcher led the rushing attack with 140-yards on 25 carries, Hunter followed closely with 107-yards on six carries with a TD and Catron had 100-yards on 11 carries with a score. Corbett finished the night with two TD’s on seven carries for 20-yards.
Corbett also completed one pass for 24-yards which was caught in the end zone by Catron.
Leading the Pirates on defense was Austin fields with 14 total tackles. Teammate Ray Horton finished with 13 and Cole Bentley, Woolum, Avery browning, and Devin Varney all had nine tackles apiece.
The Knights were held to 235-yards rushing on 52 carries and 41-yards passing on eight catches.
The Pirates travel to Lawrence County next week.
Scores by quarters:
Cabell: 0 7 0 14 – 21
Belfry: 14 14 0 7 – 35