BELFRY – The three-time defending 3A state champions Belfry Pirates were on fire Friday night as they sailed past visiting Harlan County 47-13.
The Pirates scored 41 points in the first half and held Harlan County scoreless. The Pirates had four rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns and finished the game with 300 yards of total offense.
The Pirates had no problem sharing the wealth as many got in on the scoring action. The Pirates had 251 yards of total rushing with four different crossing the goal line.
Noah Corbett led the Pirates in rushing with four carries for 92 yards and a score. Derek Wellman added a touchdown with two rushes for 10 yards, Justin Adkins had two rushes for 30 yards and a score as well. Freshman Peyton Hensley scored and also had four carries for 20 yards. The Pirates had six rushing first downs.
On the receiving side, Corbett threw twice with two scores for 49 yards. Corbett connected with Cameron Catron for 27 yards and Austin Woolum for 22 yards. Both players scored. Grayson Cook added five extra points on six attempts.
The Pirates had three fumble recoveries, one of which was a 50-yard scoop and dash for Catron.
On the defensive side, Devin Varney had two interceptions and Taveon Hunter had one interception that he returned for 63 yards.
Wellman led the Pirates on defense with 11 tackles, Josh Keathley had nine tackles, Woolum and Avery Browning had eight each, and Cole Bentley finished the night with seven tackles.
Quintin Mickens ran for 71 yards on 14 carries and Kennon Napier added 70 yards on 13 carries to lead the Bears. Chase Coker contributed 36 yards on 10 carries.
Jacob Branson completed three of six passes for 17 yards and had negative five yards rushing on three carries. Colby King had two catches and Tyrese Simmons added one.
Devin Rodrigues returned a fumble 35 yards for one of the two HCHS touchdowns. Napier scored the other Harlan County touchdown.
The Pirates will travel to Newport Central Catholic on Friday. Harlan County plays at Knox Central.