Belfry to take on Wayne County in 3A championship
By Kyle Lovern
GOODY, Ky. – All of the long, hard hours in the weight room and the 2-day practices back in the dog days of July and August have once again paid off for the Belfry Pirates.
The Pond Creek bunch will play for the Class 3A state championship in Bowling Green on Friday afternoon on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
Coach Philip Haywood and his staff always try to prepare their team to get to this point in the season. The Pirates, now 13-1, have come up just short the past three years, losing in the state title game.
The difference this time around is three-time defending Class 3A champion Central High School of Louisville will not be there to meet the Belfry Pirates. The Yellowjackets lost to Wayne County 17-7.
Belfry fell to Central 46-7 in 2010, 15-14 in 2011 and 12-6 in 2012.
Belfry’s title opponent this Friday will be Wayne County, 34-10 winners at Paducah Tilghman last Friday. Wayne County comes in at 14-0. It was the Cardinal’s first-ever regional championship.
Belfry’s lone defeat this season was to Class 4A Johnson Central in the last regular season game of the year.
The Pirates have now won four straight playoff games since that loss.
Several seniors will be playing in their last game wearing the red and white jersey of Belfry High School. They include Sani Warren, Trenity Carr, Justin Johnson, Michael Barnes, Cameron Johnson, Davontae Dari, Hayden Hatfield, Cody Bostic, Zack Thompson, Joey Duty, Reed Williamson, Zac Fields and Zach Lester.
Game time is 4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 p.m. Central, since the game will be played in a different time zone. The game can be heard locally on WDHR 93.1 FM.
Wayne County, 14-0, Game by Game
Aug 23, Monroe County home 44 - 14 (W)
Sep 2, South Laurel away 36 - 7 (W)
Sep 6, Garrard County away 42 - 15 (W)
Sep 13, Williamsburg away 40 - 12 (W)
Sep 20, Southwestern away 42 - 20 (W)
Sep 27, Bell County home 41 - 6 (W)
Oct 4, Corbin home 35 - 28 (W)
Oct 11, Casey County away 41 - 14 (W)
Oct 18, McCreary Central away 67 - 6 (W)
Nov 1, Rockcastle County home 48 - 15 (W)
Nov 8, LaRue County home 54 - 7 (W)
Nov 15, Corbin home 36 - 0 (W)
Nov 22, Central away 17 - 7 (W)
Nov 29, Paducah Tilghman away 34 - 10 (W)
Belfry, 13-1, Game by Game
Aug 30, Somerset home 37 - 12 (W)
Sep 6, Harlan County away 21 - 12 (W)
Sep 13, Southwestern away 38 - 27 (W)
Sep 20, Pikeville home 56 - 20 (W)
Sep 27, Sheldon Clark away 49 - 6 (W)
Oct 4, Gallia Academy, OH home 41 - 19 (W)
Oct 11, Christian Ac. of Knoxville, TN away 27 - 21 (W)
Oct 18, Lawrence County home 35 - 12 (W)
Oct 25, Pike County Central away 56 - 34 (W)
Nov 1, Johnson Central home 28 - 54 (L)
Nov 8, Jackson County home 42 - 6 (W)
Nov 15, Lawrence County home 42 - 6 (W)
Nov 22, Pike County Central home 43 - 6 (W)
Nov 29, Bourbon County away 21 - 13 (W)
Friday, Dec 6, Class 3A Championship
Belfry vs. Wayne County
at Feix Field, Houchens/LT Smith Stadium 4:00 p.m.
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