GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates only led 14-12 at the half in the 29th annual Community Trust Pike County Bowl played at CAM Stadium on Friday night.
But a second half offensive surge gave the home team fans what they wanted, a 37-12 victory over Somerset.
The Pirate defense shutout the Briar Jumpers in the final two quarters and the offense started getting things going. Belfry’s young offensive line is still learning and they are a work in progress, according to longtime coach Philip Haywood.
The Pirates only returned one starting offensive linemen, however they have several starters with loads of experience in the backfield.
One of those returning starters is stocky running back Trenity Carr, who bulled his way in for the first score of the game at 5:40 of the first quarter. Freshman Austin Woolum booted the extra point and Belfry led 7-0.
The athletic Briar Jumpers cut into the lead as Jordan Doan scored on a 61-yard run. The kick failed, so the Pirates held onto a slim 7-6 lead.
In the second quarter, Doan put Somerset ahead after catching a 16 yard pass from Castle Hatcher. The kick was blocked, but with 10:37 remaining in the half, the visitors held a 12-7 lead.
But Belfry would not be denied and gained momentum heading into the dressing room at the half. Carr scored his second TD of the night from five yards out with 5:29 left in the half. Woolum’s kick made it 14-12.
In the third quarter, Belfry’s defense scored a couple of points on a safety as the Somerset quarterback was called for intentional grounding in the end zone at the 6:44 mark.
Senior Sani Warren scored his first TD of the season on a five yard run with 2:15 left in the third quarter. Woolum’s kick made it 23-12.
In the fourth quarter, freshman Andrew Fletcher scored his first career TD as a BHS Pirate on a 46-yard run. The Woolum kick made it 30-0 with 11:51 left in the contest.
Belfry senior Justin Johnson capped the Pirate scoring on a 35-yard run. Once again Woolum booted the PAT for the final point of the game with 10:16 remaining in the bowl game.
Belfry (1-0) will travel to Harlan County (2-0), Friday, September 6.
Carr rushed 11 times for 33 and a pair of TDs, sophomore Austin Hatfield toted the pigskin 16 times for a game high 110 yards, Fletcher had 11 carries for 79 yards, Johnson 11 tries for 102 and a score.
Belfry had 375 yards rushing as a team.
For Somerset Jordan Doan lead the way, he had 10 carries for 111 yards and two TDs.
Score by quarters:
Somerset … (0-2)…..6 6 0 0 – 12
Belfry ….. (1-0)….7 7 9 14 – 37