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KSR Preps Recap : Belfry Defense Holds Strong In Red Zone, Beat JC 21-16

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KSR Preps Game of the Week

Belfry 21 Johnson Central 16 

Johnson Central sophomore running back Joe Jackson exploded for an 80 yard touchdown to give the Golden Eagles an early lead. After a pair of nice runs by junior fullback Derek Wellman, Belfry got a fortunate bounce and scored after recovering their own fumble.

The rest of the first half was a battle of defenses as nothing came easy for either team on Friday night. As halftime approached JC drove into the red zone and was stopped on 4th & goal but a face-mask penalty was called. The JC sideline thought that the face-mask penalty resulted in an automatic first down but that was not the case.

Following halftime junior Taveon Hunter returned the opening kickoff 88 yards into the end zone to give Belfry a 14-7 lead. JC answered with a nice drive of their own but again were unable to get into the end zone and had to settle for a field goal.

Derek Wellman was a beast at the fullback position for Belfry falling forward for extra yardage on each attempt. The junior rushed for 133 yards on 13 carries. He got the Pirates into the red zone once again and Noah Corbett finished it off with a 5 yard touchdown run.

Johnson Central had 402 total yards of offense on the night but struggled in the red zone, once again unable to get into the end zone as Belfry safety Austin Woolum made an exceptional one handed interception to end another Golden Eagle drive. JC had 4 trips into the red zone on Friday night including 3 1st & goals but only came away with 3 points.

Freshman quarterback Riley Preece threw a nice touchdown pass to senior receiver Geordan Blanton to cut into the Pirates lead late in the 4th quarter but the Golden Eagles were unable to recover the ensuing onside kick.

Seeing both of these teams battle for 60 minutes left me impressed with both. I would not be surprised to see both of these teams in Bowling Green in December.

Other Notable Scores

Scott County 35 Covington Catholic 28 

Cov Cath scored three unanswered touchdowns to even this game at 28 but Jacob Burton ran 15 yards into the end zone for the game winner. Burton along with Brice Fryman each ran for over 100 yards.

Boyle County 14 Dunbar 7

Nate Gay tied the game at 7 with a 54 yard touchdown run early in the third quarter but the Rebels responded with a 47 yard touchdown pass from Sam Tiller to Nick Walker to seal the game.

Bowling Green 42 McCracken County 14

McCracken County turned the ball over 5 times as Bowling Green rolled to another victory to conclude a perfect regular season.


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

7 Comments for KSR Preps Recap : Belfry Defense Holds Strong In Red Zone, Beat JC 21-16

  1. mikeintn
    9:48 pm October 29, 2016 Permalink

    GO Pirates.

  2. Brian in Franklin
    12:47 am October 30, 2016 Permalink

    Franklin-Simpson and Russellville were both 9-0 going into last night’s game. F-S got the win 34-7 to go 10-0 for the first time since 1975.

    • BGLawdog
      5:10 am October 30, 2016 Permalink

      Franklin Simpson no longer has to play BG, which makes 10-0 possible.

  3. ebell55
    9:15 am October 30, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah Franklin no longer has to play the only team that recruits in the South Central KY area however FS has had its fair share of victories over BG and had more state championships until said recruiting began!

    • BGLawdog
      11:19 am October 30, 2016 Permalink

      Sounds like sour grapes to me. It is an established fact that the Catholic schools in Louisville recruit players. Yet, no such evidence exists in the case of BGHS. The best players in the area all want to play for the only real football program. The area is chalked full of teams that are “good” (by their own standards), but they lose to BGHS by 40 year in and year out. BG is just on their own elite level. Better coaching + better players = 30-50 point whippings

  4. runningunnin.454
    11:30 am October 30, 2016 Permalink

    Got to love a WESTERN Ky high school rivalry.

  5. Brian in Franklin
    1:15 am November 1, 2016 Permalink

    How about allowing those who experience success enjoy it? BG has been great. There is no doubting that. Why punch down. What does that accomplish? Why can’t you accept having many local teams playing at Houchens Stadium which has happened for several years now? This year could be Russellville, F-S or South Warren, and Bowling Green. Several local schools are good so how about enjoying the accomplishments. Look at former local guys playing at UK and doing well. Middleton just made SEC defensive lineman of the week. He never played BG. You want to downplay that? Eli Brown is playing well too, but East never beat BG, gonna downplay that too?