What is the KSR Kroger Game of the Week without a little late-game excitement?
Deadlocked 14-14 at the half, it took until the fourth quarter for the Pikeville Panthers to break the tie courtesy of a touchdown pass by Isaac McNamee, putting his team up for good, 20-14, over the Belfry Pirates on Friday night in Pike County. The Panthers remain undefeated early in the season with a 2-0 record, taking down the reigning AAA State Champions in the process.
— Troy Howell (@teeroyhowell) September 19, 2020
It was the second week in a row for KSR’s Kroger Game of the Week, and we’re beginning to sense that the crew brings some good luck if you’re searching for exciting football under the Friday night lights.
The setting for tonight’s Kroger KSR Game of the Week
Belfry vs Pikeville pic.twitter.com/9IPR2wywHP
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 18, 2020
Belfry started off the evening with a first-quarter touchdown from Isaac Dixon thanks to an 8-yard touchdown run, but it didn’t take more than a few minutes for Pikeville to respond. Blake Birchfield got into the endzone for the Panthers following a long drive down the field, although they would miss the PAT and trailed 7-6.
But before the first quarter could finally come to a close, the Pirates got on the scoreboard once again, this time thanks to a 68-yard pass play from Brett Coleman to Dixon. Heading into the second quarter, Belfry led 14-6. Halfway through the period, in a bizarre play, Birchfield stripped the ball loose from a Belfry player and returned it for a Pikeville touchdown. Isaac Coleman would knock in a two-point conversion and all of the sudden the game was knotted up at 14-14.
A 6-yard touchdown pass from McNamee to Zac Lockhart with 10:41 remaining in the fourth quarter gave Pikeville a 20-14 lead before their defense put the game away. With 3:31 left, the Panthers forced Belfry into a turnover on downs after a stop on 4th and 3 and they would run out the clock from there.