GOODY, Ky. - The Lawrence County Bulldogs come into Pond Creek with a 6-2 record Friday night and hoping to pull off an upset.
The Bulldogs did lose a heartbreaker to Pike Central last week on the road by one touchdown, 26-20. Their only other loss this season came at the hands of Fairview earlier in the year. Lawrence County owns wins over Boyd County, Rowan County, Breathitt County, East Carter, Raceland and Sheldon Clark.
“Yes they do,” Haywood said when asked about the Bulldogs fine regular season record. “They are a pretty good football team.”
“They have a senior backfield and a senior quarterback who runs the offense and who is very elusive,” Haywood said of Lawrence County.”
“They have some other backs that are explosive and they run a good offense,” he added. “They are a kind of rhythm team.”
Lawrence County is led by senior quarterback A. J. Cyrus, a dual-threat quarterback. He has rushed for 897 yards and thrown for 654 yards. He has accounted for 19 touchdowns (TDs). Cyrus has rushed for 12 scores and thrown for seven TDs.
Senior running backs Derek Ferguson and Ricky Goble have 872 and 692 yards rushing for the Bulldogs. Ferguson has rushed for 10 TDs, while Goble has hit pay-dirt 11 times.
Cameron Little and Cole Mosley could also see action running the football for the Dogs.
Timmy Dalton, a freshman split end, leads the team with 378 receiving yards and five TDs, while Noah Lambert a junior wide receiver, has 242 yards receiving and a pair of TDs.
Defensively Lawrence County is led by Grant Kiser, Austin Ross, Michael Adams, Corey Frazier and Morgan Triplett.
For the Pirates, senior Justin Johnson leads the team in rushing with 540 yards and seven touchdowns, senior Trenity Carr has 364 yards on the ground and six TDs, while freshman Andrew Fletcher has 368 yards and four scores. Johnson missed last week due to an injury and has been listed as day to day for his return.
Junior Austin Hatfield, who has missed the last couple of games due to an injury, has 342 yards rushing and two TDs. Senior Davontae Dari stepped in last week against Knoxville Christian Academy and scored a pair of TDs. He has three on the season and 156 yards rushing.
Xondre “X” Willis, a sophomore, was seeing quite a bit of action, but he has a knee injury and will miss his second straight game. He has 207 yards rushing and two TDs on the season.
Senior quarterback Sani Warren has 197 rushing yards and has hit pay-dirt six times on keeper plays. Warren also has 429 passing yards and five touchdowns with close to a 50 percent completion percentage. He has only thrown one interception in seven games.
Freshman kicker Austin Woolum has been automatic on his extra points with 37 PATs and he also has one field goal.
Defensively the Pirates have been led in tackles by Hayden Hatfield, Joey Duty, Austin Hall, Zack Thompson and Dakota Stanley.
Kickoff time on Haywood Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. This will be the first really cool night of the season with temperatures dipping down into the mid 40s, but the skies should be clear.
The Belfry games can be heard on WDHR 93.1 FM with Bobby Norman handling the play by play and Steve Mickey with the color commentary.