Pirates travel to Louisa to take on Bulldogs
by Ralph B. Davis
GOODY, Ky. – Belfry is coming off a tough 35-20 road loss against Ashland Paul Blazer and will travel to Louisa, Ky. to take on Lawrence County Friday night.
The Pirates are 5-2 and rated No. 5 in Class 3A in the Bluegrass State.
The Bulldogs are 3-5 this season and lost 29-14 to Pike County Central last week. Lawrence County owns wins over Sheldon Clark, Jackson County and Prestonsburg. They are still capable of playing some good football and the Pirates coaching staff know they can’t take this team lightly.
The Bulldogs are coached by Luke Salmons. They are led by A.J. Cyrus who has rushed for 731 yards and Ricky Goble who has rushed for 793 yards. Blake Prince has 517, while Morgan O’Brian has 259 for the Louisa, Ky. based team. Cyrus has scored 16 touchdowns, while Goble has seven on the ground.
Cyrus has thrown for five TDs and 398 yards. Blake Prince has caught four of the TD passes thrown by Cyrus.
Belfry’s leading rusher, junior Justin Johnson, suffered a concussion in the Paul Blazer game. His status is doubtful this week.
However, Belfry has an abundance of running backs; senior Josh Robinson, junior Trinity Carr and sophomores Keaton Taylor and Austin Hatfield.
Junior Sani Warren is the Pirate signal caller. As usual, Belfry doesn’t pass much on offense, but when they do, senior tight end Tony Messer and senior split end Eli Huddle, who both scored TDs last week, are two of the main targets. Junior Cameron Johnson could also see action at split end. The speedy Robinson is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield when Belfry throws a screen pass.
Belfry’s huge offensive line is key to their offensive success. Senior linebackers Madison Ghormley and Payton Mullins, along with Messer, a defensive end, lead a hard-hitting Pirate defense.
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