Saturday’s “Crestline Scores & Events”
Using a physical style of football that Harlan County has thrived with over the years, the Belfry Pirates beat the Black Bears at their own game Friday. Belfry (2-0) rolled up 285 yards on the ground in the first half and limited Harlan County to only one first down, dominating on the line of scrimmage on both sides, in coasting to a 38-20 victory. The Black Bears picked up their intensity level in the second half and drove for a pair of touchdowns, but Belfry stayed comfortably ahead and will likely maintain its position as the No. 1 team in 3A. Belfry, the defending 3A state champ, needed only four plays to reach the end zone on its opening drive as Austin Hatfield ran 3 yards on the third play and Deonte Joplin went 23 yards for the touchdown on the next play for the touchdown. Austin Woolum hit the first of four extra points in the first half to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead with 9:01 left in the first quarter. Harlan County’s defense held on the Pirates’ second drive, stopping Xondre Willis two yards short on a fourth-and-five from the Bears’ 37. The Bears gave the ball back three plays later when quarterback Jarett Ford was unable to handle a snap and T.J. Dotson came up with the ball on the HCHS 28. Willis scored two plays later on a 26-yard run. Woolum’s extra point pushed the Pirates’ lead to 14-0 with 1:15 left in the first quarter. Belfry marched 75 yards in only five plays early in the second quarter. Andrew Fletcher, the Pirates’ backup fullback, had runs of 21 and 45 yards before Willis went over the right side for a touchdown from the 6. Woolum’s kick made the score 21-0 with 9:05 to play in the first half. Harlan County came up with a play midway through the second quarter when junior defensive back Devin Curry picked off a Keaton Taylor pass and took it back to the Belfry 2. Bobby Huff scored two plays later on a 4-yard run. Dylan Cornett was stopped on the two-point conversion attempt. A 48-yard run by Austin Hatfield set up his 1-yard run with 4:11 to play in the first half. Woolum’s kick made the score 28-6 with 4:11 left in the half. Belfry picked up three more points just before the half as Woolum hit a 40-yard field goal. Taylor teamed with NoahCorbett for 24 yards to put Woolum in position. The Pirates took their biggest lead early in the third quarter when Joplin took a pitch from Taylor and went 13 yards for a touchdown. Hatfield had a 27-yard run to highlight the five-play, 59-yard drive. Harlan County continued to battle and made the game interesting in the fourth quarter with two touchdown drives. The Bears marched 48 yards in 11 plays, sparked by a 22-yard run by Huff. Cornett went in from the 1 with 8:26 left in the game. Ford connected with Nikki Huffaker for a two-point conversion. A fumble recovery put the Bears back in business and Ford teamed with senior receiver Jordy Boles for an 18-yard TDpass with 4:56 left. Ford connected with Huff on the two-point conversion, but the senior fullback was flipped around on the catch and officials ruled he didn’t get the ball in the end zone even though part of his body made it across. Harlan County had a chance to get even closer when Hunter Lewis recovered a fumble after a J.T. Cabbell hit, but a Hatfield interception ended the threat and the Pirates were able to run out the clock. Harlan County (1-2) returns to action Friday at Knox Central.
In other football action Friday night:
Bell Co beat out Whitley County 57-13
Hazard over Letcher Co Central 41-27
Middlesboro over Pineville 43-0
And Tates Creek over Perry Co Central 22-18
The UK Wildcats will be playing tonight in Lexington, KY as they take on Ohio at 3:30pm in the Commonwealth Stadium.
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be held at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA, for the Federated Auto Parts 400, starting at 7:43 tonight. The top-five qualifiers for the Federated Auto Parts 400 all have wins this year. The top drivers all year had the fastest cars in qualifying Friday at Richmond International Speedway — Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. They have 14 wins among them.
(Some items from Saturday’s, September 6th, Scores & Events courtesy of Harlan Daily Online, KHSAA, Sporting News/NASCAR, ukathletics.com)