GOODY, Ky. – With two games left in the regular season the Belfry Pirates will be squaring off against Pike County Central this Friday night on the Pirate’s Senior Night.
It is no secret that Pirates are looking as good as many fans in Pond Creek Nation can remember. Belfry has only lost one game this season and at this point it doesn’t even seem to matter. The (7-1) Pirates and the (4-4) Hawks will meet at CAM Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Pirate head coach Phillip Haywood said, “Practice has been good this week, we had really good energy last Friday and we are hoping it carries over. Through the years it has been a little bit back and forth between us and them and we are expecting the guys to really get after it Friday.”
The Hawks are under the direction of a new head coach this year. Eric Ratliff has settled his team down and has gone with a basic fundamental package on both sides of the ball. With returning QB Seth Conn back from injury and a solid backfield the Hawks are fresh off of a win against Lawrence County by a final score of 21-10.
Haywood said, “Their coach has done a good job getting his team in line with fundamentals, they are very good fundamentally. They are more run dominated this year but also do a good job mixing up the pass and the run. They have very good offensive schemes but they have been running the ball well this year.”
Pike Central has done decent on the offensive side this year with 237 points scored. On the defensive side they have allowed 249 points. They run a basic 5-2 defensive scheme on defense. The Hawks offense has produced 2,109-yards rushing while allowing 1,668-yards rushing against them. Conn and the Hawks have compiled 687-yards passing while the Pirates have only managed 291-yards passing.
That is not to say the Pirates passing game is any less potent as the Pirates have scored seven passing TDs on only nine completions with four different receivers getting into the end zone. Pirate QB Noah Corbett has yet to throw an interception this year. The Pirates pass when they want to not when they need to which has been a huge plus for them all season.
The Pirates rushing attack has been shouldered by senior fullback Andrew Fletcher through most of the season. Fletcher had a two game hiatus early in the season but has rallied to lead the team in carries with 80 touches and 490-yards and five rushing TDs. Fletcher is only led in yards by senior running back Cameron Catron with 508 and in scoring by Corbett with nine rushing TDs.
The Hawks have mainly utilized three rushers with Dylan Coleman leading the way. Coleman has 627-yards on 80 carries with seven TDs, he is joined by Isaiah Hess who has 439-yards on 56 carries and Austin Mullins who has 248-yards on 67 carries with one score.
With a side note that the Pirates have faced a few pass heavy teams they have given up 650-yards passing this season. Pike Central has gained 687-yards passing with six passing TDs.
The Pirates have been nursing a few injuries over the last few weeks but are hopeful all players will be suiting up for the district match up.
The Pirates will be honoring their senior class this game and this class is one that will be remembered for years to come. Coach Haywood said, “This is a very special night for the players and the parents. This is a very good group of kids, who have proven themselves leaders, and they have matured a lot through their time here. They have all taken the role of senior leader very seriously and have done well with it.”
Should the pirates win, they will enter the last game of the season against Johnson Central. The pirates will be travelling to Johnson Central this year.
(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] on on twitter @sidplaster.)