GOODY, Ky. – In a game dubbed the Battle of the Mountains between Belfry and Pikeville, it didn’t turn out to be much of a fight. The Pirates defeated visiting Pikeville 56 to 20 in this annual football rivalry football featuring two Pike County programs.
The game was christened the Williamson ARH Bowl, who was the games sponsor.
The Panthers did strike first taking the opening kickoff down the field as senior Austin Black scored on a 1-yard plunge. The extra point kick was blocked by Dakota Stanley, but PHS led 6-0 with 7:16 left in the first quarter. That was the only lead Pikeville would have on Friday night.
From that point it was all Belfry.
After the kickoff, Belfry took over on the 38 yard line. Eight plays later senior Trenity Carr scored on a 12 yard run. Freshman Austin Woolum kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 with 4:06 left in the opening quarter.
On Pikeville’s next offensive possession senior Hayden Hatfield recovered a panther fumble. Three plays later Carr found the end zone again from five yards out with 2:06 left in the first quarter. Woolum’s PAT made it 14-6.
The Pirates quickly scored again just after the second quarter began as senior Justin Johnson scored on a 5-yard run. With 11:55 left in the half, Woolum’s kick made it 21-6.
Belfry’s defense continued to stymie the Panther offense. After stopping PHS again, Xondre Willis, a speedy sophomore running back, capped another Pirate drive scoring from five yards out. Woolum’s kick made it 28-6 with 7:17 left in the half.
On the very next offensive play for Belfry senior signal caller Sani Warren hooked up with junior split end Keaton Taylor over the middle and Taylor raced 65 yards to the end zone for the score. Woolum continued to split the uprights and his kick made it 35-0 with 3:38 left in the second quarter.
Things didn’t get much better for Pikeville. On the ensuing kickoff, the Pirates recovered a Panther fumble. Woolum, the kicker recovered the fumble. A couple of plays later senior back Davontae Dari hit pay-dirt from four yards out. The Woolum kick made it 42-6.
Pikeville got one more score right before the end of the first half as quarterback Austin Charles connected with Cody Estepp for a 38 yard TD. L. J. Allara kicked the extra point to make it 42-13 heading into the dressing room at the half.
Belfry got the kickoff to start the third quarter. A short kick gave the Pirates excellent field position on its on 46-yard line. Justin Johnson capped a 6-play, 54 yard drive with a 5-yard TD with 9:39 left in the third quarter. The freshman Woolum kicked another extra point to make it 49-13.
Pikeville took over on its own 20 after the kickoff. Two plays later they fumbled and Belfry’s Hayden Hatfield came up with his second fumble recovery of the night. Then freshman Andrew Fletcher broke loose for another Pirate touchdown from 28 yards out. The kick made it 56-13.
The mercy rule had already kicked in and the clock continued to run the rest of the second half.
The Pirate coaching staff had already been playing the substitutes and continued to play some of the younger players. Pikeville got one more score late in the final quarter as Black hit pay-dirt from two yards away. The Allara kick made it 56-20.
Belfry just ran out the clock and the game ended.
Representatives from Williamson ARH presented trophies to each team. The
Rushing yardage for the Pirates saw Johnson finish with 115 yards on nine carries, Warren had 52 on four carries, Carr 39 on seven attempts and Austin Hatfield 30 on four tries. As a team the Pirates had 328 rushing yards and 81 through the air for a total of 409.
Defensively Hayden Hatfield had 10 tackles with the two fumble recoveries. The other leading tacklers were Austin Hatfield, Austin Hall, Joey Duty and T. J. Doston.
Belfry’s freshman kicker Austin Woolum was once again perfect on his extra points kicks. He now is 21 of 21 on his PATs with one field goal this season.
The Pirates will begin district play this week as they travel to Inez, Ky. to take on the winless Sheldon Clark Cardinals on Friday night.
Score by quarters:
Pikeville (4-1) … 6 7 0 7 - 20
Belfry (4-0) ….. 14 28 14 0 - 56