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Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week (Sept. 18): Belfry vs. Pikeville

KSR is headed to the mountains for Week 2! In case you missed the announcement over the weekend, the second Kroger KSR Game of the Week is Belfry at Pikeville. Both teams are reigning state champions and ranked in KSR’s inaugural Top 15 rankings, with Belfry coming in at No. 14 and Pikeville tied with LCA at No. 15.

We’ll have more on the game as the week goes on (including a preview from one of KSR’s favorite callers and Eastern Kentucky sports expert Darryl), but a few quick hitters:

Belfry Pirates (1-0)

  • Class: 3A
  • District: 8
  • Coach: Philip Haywood
  • Last Season: 11-3, 3A Champions (30-20 win over Bell County)
  • Last Game: 33-13 win vs. Pulaski County


Notable players: QB/SS Brett Coleman (2021 – committed to Miami OH), RB/CB Isaac Dixon (2021)

Pikeville Panthers (1-0)

  • Class: 1A
  • District: 7
  • Coach: Chris McNamee
  • Last Game: 28-7 win at Raceland
  • Last Season: 14-0, 1A Champions (43-0 win over Paintsville)


Lightning delays are ?Pikeville leads Raceland 8-0 with 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Here’s a look at some of the big plays thus far in the game.

Posted by My Town TV HD on Saturday, September 12, 2020

Notable players: QB Isaac McNamee (2022)

KSR will be live from Pikeville to preview the game Friday morning. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Families of participants and students will have priority for tickets, but if there are any remaining, they will be sold to the general public beginning on Thursday. On Friday, remaining general admission tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon and can be purchased at the gate for $10 (exact change only). Temperatures will be checked upon entry and everyone must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.

Let us hear your early predictions in the comments: Belfry or Pikeville?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

7 Comments for Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week (Sept. 18): Belfry vs. Pikeville

  1. UKFanSC
    2:58 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

    Really ?? Nationally ranked Trinity vs Male not enough to bump the Belfry game ?? What color is the sky in your world ?

    • easy
      3:32 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

      They are probably trying to hit every favored state champion or defending state champion. Trinity and Male have plenty of high profile games to feature throughout the season, this is the only game that Pikeville – odds on to repeat as single A champions – plays against another top team in the state.

      If KSR were to feature only the games between the best teams (i.e. the biggest schools) they would be focusing only on Louisville and Lexington all year. This strategy is better for giving all regions and schools sizes a spotlight at different times.

    • UKFanSC
      4:08 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

      I guess I can see that. But Trinity-Male is such a high-profile epic matchup it seems ridiculous to have it take a backseat to…is it Belfry ?

    • easy
      4:30 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

      Yes Belfry, who won 3A last year and has 6 other state titles in the last 20 years. I mentioned Pikeville specifically in the other comment because, like I said, if KSR is going to include a Pikeville game (and they should if they want to do any 1A game), this is the only big time game they have scheduled. Belfry though has Johnson Central (4A defending champ and favorite) and North Hardin later in their schedule.

      But Pikeville-Belfry is one of the top 2 or 3 annual rivalry games in Eastern Kentucky, and like I’ve said both tend to be at the top of their respective classes, no matter how much shade you’d like to throw at them.

      It’s unfortunate that Trinity and Male falls on the same weekend…but there will be more than enough coverage on it I’m sure already. Plus I would guess KSR will feature Trinity-X and Male-Manual, or some other games they have later.

      The biggest particular issue with this ordeal is that there hasn’t been a Kroger in Pike County in like 25 years

    • UKFanSC
      7:07 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

      You won me over. Go Pikeville !!

  2. UKgrad80
    3:05 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

    This is pathetic to pass up Male at Trinity who is making these decisions? Obviously a bias against Louisville teams!

    • UKFanSC
      3:26 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

      The same crack staff that gave us 7 articles on North Hardin game last week.