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Nice bounce-back for Belfry after this game took forever to get started. Pirates' young backfield got everything they wanted and held on to the ball.

 

BELFRY

49 carries, 460 yards

Dre Young 19 carries, 184 yards, 2 TD

Caden Woolum 8 carries, 111 yards, TD

Ace Caudill 8 carries, 91 yards

Chase Varney 33 yards, 3 TD, 0/3 passing, INT

 

BOURBON

16 carries, 48 yards

Estes 13/24, 90 yards, 2 INT, 2 rushing TD's

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Watching Belfry here are my thoughts:

1. The Pirates are still nowhere near the level of the 2015 & 2016 teams, but that is not a fair bar because those were two of the strongest small school teams to come out of KY. They are also a far cry from the 2011-2014 teams who could go toe to toe with essentially most every team in the State. I will even say, where Belfry sits now they aren't nearly as good as the 2019 team.... with that said, they are already a better all around team than last year save having Mr. Football who could will them to victory.

With that said, this Belfry team has the potential to grow into something very special over the next few years.

I have never seen a Belfry team this young, let alone a Belfry team this young with players who are not necessarily in over their heads.

 

2. Belfry's starting backfield is two Freshmen (QB, HB) and two Juniors (FB, HB).. one of those Juniors is learning the position as he was forced into being a QB last year (Woolum). The other Junior is Dre Young who looks like a completely different player since having a solid 2021 campaign.

Belfry also has a Freshman SE who may end up being one of the best weapons Belfry has had at that spot in quite some time. They also start a Freshman DB who has played pretty well and had his first INT last night.

This team is littered with Freshman and Sophomores playing key minutes, and arguably their best defensive player is a Sophomore as well.

Long story short, these are kids who still have a lot of growth and development both physically and non-physically left to do. If Belfry can avoid major injuries there may not be another team in the State who will grow from August to November more.

I mentioned it in the game thread, but Belfry is about to be a problem the next couple years.

 

3. With all that said, I fully expect Belfry to once again be a case study in what is wrong with the RPI system. I am going to predict this is the only non-district game they win... their schedule is brutal from here on out: LCA, Central, Pikeville, & Johnson Central. Bourbon County is a solid team with some elite level skill talent, but Bourbon will probably win only 3 or 4 games max. Belfry will be lucky to have a Top 10 RPI in 3A even though they challenge themselves to play the toughest schedule most likely.  

 

4. Will Belfry win the 3A Title this year? No clue... 3A has been the weakest class at the top the past couple years but I think with CAL and Tilghman it will be a good bit better than it has been. Lawrence County is going to be a stiff test for Belfry as well and Glasgow looks to be strong. With such a young team Belfry is a wildcard, but I do know that they have a chance to begina  run of doing very special things starting with this year.

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1 hour ago, ATLCat said:

Watching Belfry here are my thoughts:

1. The Pirates are still nowhere near the level of the 2015 & 2016 teams, but that is not a fair bar because those were two of the strongest small school teams to come out of KY. They are also a far cry from the 2011-2014 teams who could go toe to toe with essentially most every team in the State. I will even say, where Belfry sits now they aren't nearly as good as the 2019 team.... with that said, they are already a better all around team than last year save having Mr. Football who could will them to victory.

With that said, this Belfry team has the potential to grow into something very special over the next few years.

I have never seen a Belfry team this young, let alone a Belfry team this young with players who are not necessarily in over their heads.

 

2. Belfry's starting backfield is two Freshmen (QB, HB) and two Juniors (FB, HB).. one of those Juniors is learning the position as he was forced into being a QB last year (Woolum). The other Junior is Dre Young who looks like a completely different player since having a solid 2021 campaign.

Belfry also has a Freshman SE who may end up being one of the best weapons Belfry has had at that spot in quite some time. They also start a Freshman DB who has played pretty well and had his first INT last night.

This team is littered with Freshman and Sophomores playing key minutes, and arguably their best defensive player is a Sophomore as well.

Long story short, these are kids who still have a lot of growth and development both physically and non-physically left to do. If Belfry can avoid major injuries there may not be another team in the State who will grow from August to November more.

I mentioned it in the game thread, but Belfry is about to be a problem the next couple years.

 

3. With all that said, I fully expect Belfry to once again be a case study in what is wrong with the RPI system. I am going to predict this is the only non-district game they win... their schedule is brutal from here on out: LCA, Central, Pikeville, & Johnson Central. Bourbon County is a solid team with some elite level skill talent, but Bourbon will probably win only 3 or 4 games max. Belfry will be lucky to have a Top 10 RPI in 3A even though they challenge themselves to play the toughest schedule most likely.  

 

4. Will Belfry win the 3A Title this year? No clue... 3A has been the weakest class at the top the past couple years but I think with CAL and Tilghman it will be a good bit better than it has been. Lawrence County is going to be a stiff test for Belfry as well and Glasgow looks to be strong. With such a young team Belfry is a wildcard, but I do know that they have a chance to begina  run of doing very special things starting with this year.

Thanks for all of that.

We all know the RPI is a flawed, you just have to roll with it and be prepared to go on the road in the playoffs.

Why so many young players?  Is this somehow related to COVID or something else?

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2 hours ago, theguru said:

Thanks for all of that.

We all know the RPI is a flawed, you just have to roll with it and be prepared to go on the road in the playoffs.

Why so many young players?  Is this somehow related to COVID or something else?

It’s a good news/bad news scenario for Belfry.

The Belfry talent pool and numbers took a big hit for a few years. The economy hit the area hard and some good families had to move away and then as typically the case at a small rural school, Belfry just didn’t have the talent pool. You could see the issue coming as Belfry was losing middle school games to the area teams they used to beat.

The COVID year masked it a bit as Dixon came back and carried Belfry to a title, but Belfry had the smallest roster size I have ever seen under Haywood last year with maybe 40 players.

Belfry had the cyclical talent return though and the last two years won back to back MS State Championships. Two years ago it was a team loaded with 7th Graders with some key 8th Graders then last year it was a bumper crop of 8th Grade talent that proved they would be a special group.

The Sophomores who are playing key roles were those kids from two years ago and now that special bumper crop are Freshmen.

Belfry’s roster size reflects this as it is now back in the 50’s where it usually hangs.

Not a ton of Senior experience on this team but an absolute load of future stars in the underclass ranks.

In other words, if you were going to beat Belfry you needed to do it the last two seasons and during this season while they are still young. The fact Belfry won a title last year and reached the Semis two years ago was a testament to how good Dixon was, how good Haywood is at coaching what he has, and also a testament that 3A has been a pretty weak class.

If Belfry can avoid major injuries they could be a Top 7-10 team in KY regardless of class in a couple years like they were in 2015-2016.

 

 

 

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