GOODY, Ky. –The Belfry Pirates caged the Lawrence County Bulldogs 42 to 6 to advance in the Kentucky Class 3A playoffs on a very rainy Friday night at CAM Stadium.
Senior Trenity Carr scored three first half touchdowns and added another early in the third quarter to lead the Pirates on offense.
Belfry’s stingy defense was outstanding in the first half holding Lawrence County to only 15 yards rushing and no first downs.
The Pirates struck quickly as senior quarterback Sani Warren hit junior split end Keaton Taylor on a 41 yard touchdown pass. Freshman Austin Woolum, like he has done all season long, kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 with 8:15 left in the opening quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs fumbled the pigskin and Belfry’s Hayden Hatfield recovered on the 15 yard line. Three plays later Carr bulled in from three yards out with 6:36 left in the first quarter. Woolum’s kick made it 14-0. That was the score at the end of the first.
After a 3-and-out, the Bulldogs punted and Belfry took over on the 36 yard line. Then five plays later Carr hit pay-dirt from four yards out and Woolum’s PAT made it 21-0 with 4:26 left in the half.
Belfry scored one more time as Carr muscled in from half a yard away with 1:46 remaining in the second quarter. Woolum’s kick made it 28-0.
The Pirates had one more chance to score in the final seconds as Woolum attempted a 38 yard field goal, but he narrowly missed it as it went a little to the right of the goal post. Still, Belfry went into the dressing room with a 28-0 lead.
Carr had 55 yards in the first half with three touchdowns, Davontae Dari had three carries for 27 yards and Justin Johnson six attempts for 38 yards. Warren was 2-of-6 passing for 50 yards and one TD. Taylor had the one catch for 41 yards and a score.
Belfry defensive tackle Hayden Hatfield had a fumble recovery and a sack in the first half.
The Pirates got another TD run from Carr from 37 yards out with 9:11 left in the third quarter. Woolum’s kick made it 35-0.
The Bulldogs finally got a score as quarterback A. J. Cyrus hit Noah Lambert on a nice TD pass play. The conversion run was no good and the score was 35-6 with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
Belfry got one final score as senior running back Davontae Dari broke a couple of tackles and raced 39 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown. The drive went for six plays and 52 yards. Woolum’s kick gave the Pirates a 42-6 lead.
The home team played the reserves the rest of the way and coasted to the playoff win.
Carr ended the game with 111 yards rushing on 19 carries and four TDs. Dari had 83 yards on 8 carries and one TD. Johnson had 10 carries for 70 yards, while Taylor had two carries for 12 yards.
The Pirates had 286 total rushing yards and 22 first downs.
Warren was 5-9 passing for 49 yards and a TD.
Defensively Belfry was led by Hayden Hatfield with 16, Joey Duty and Austin Hatfield each had seven stops, while freshmen Cameron Catron and Cole Bentley each had five tackles. Senior defensive back Cameron Johnson also had a fumble recovery for the Pirates.
The Pirates held LCHS to only110 total yards on offense, 84 on the ground and 26 via the air. Cyrus was 1-of-5 passing for 26 yards and a TD and he had 29 yards rushing. Ricky Goble led the Dogs with 29 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Belfry (11-1) will stay home for one more week in a third round, Class 3A playoff game against an old foe, Pike County Central. Central defeated Breathitt County 26-20 to advance in the post season.
Score by quarters:
LCHS (8-4) … 0 0 6 0 - 6
Belfry (11-1) .. 14 14 7 7 - 42
Game Notes: Belfry head coach Philip Haywood was honored before the game by USA Today for winning the “Best Coach in America” contest.
… If Breathitt County would have beaten Pike Central, Belfry would have been on the road this week …. The Pirates defeated the Hawks 56-34 in the regular season…. Belfry’s Trenity Carr has now scored 20 touchdowns this season. …. Austin Hatfield returned to the field for the Pirates, but only played on defense as a linebacker. He has been hampered by an ankle injury and did not play on offense. …. This was one of the smallest Belfry crowds in quite a while. Apparently the rain scared some fans away. BHS officials expect a much bigger crowd this week for the Pike Central game.