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Belfry 56 Pike Central 25


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Belfry survives a very uninspired first half and gets another district win on the road at Pike Central.

 

Pike Central is a very improved team and they have a good attitude about them. They keep plugging and they have some very talented kids.

 

Pike Central scored twice tonight on Belfry's starting defense, ending the season long streak. Belfry was without several starters who are healing up from various injuries, including both starting linebackers. Even so, give Pike Central credit for the very good first half they played, moving the ball well and taking advantage of Belfry mistakes.

 

Score was 28 to 13 at the half. Belfry came out and owned the 3rd quarter, pushing the lead to 49-13. Both teams would score once more after Belfry put in the 2nd stringers.

 

Overall, it was a sloppy effort by Belfry, who were no doubt looking ahead to Sheldon Clark next week. But I am not taking anything whatsoever away from Pike Central, whom I was proud of tonight. They pushed the Pirates tonight and they have a team who could make some noise down the road.

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Very odd game actually, with some inconsistent officiating.

 

Belfry played without star LB's Dustin May and Charlie Dotson, additionally DE Adam Bowens was MIA on defense in the first quarter. Pirates never actually ran their true 5-2 defense, as it was actually more of a 3-4 against the Hawk's spread offense. Belfry played very flat in the first half, and committed numerous costly penalties and put the ball on the ground. Credit needs to be given to Pike Central as they scored the first points of the year aaginst the Pirate's 1st string defense, and actually made quite a few 3rd Down conversions. Belfry aided Pike Central's drives with their own mistakesm but the Hawks definately moved the ball on Belfry tonight and earned their points.

 

Belfry led 28-13 before the half, and a bothced punt snap resulted in the Hawks gaining posession in the redzone with a chance to cut the deficit to 8 before the break. Belfry held, and then came out in the second half with a belly full of fire. Ivan Lee broke a long run to set up an Elkins 2nd TD pass, then the Pirates got creative with their scoring.

 

The Pirates quickly would sack the QB and force a fumble in the endzone that they would pounce on, after a quick 3 and out, Timmy Lovern would return the punt to set the margin to 42-13 with around 7 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. Belfry began to sub liberally and Central would tack on a quick TD on the reserves to cut the margin to 42-19. The Hawks then would squib kick on the ensuing kickoff, confusion resulted in Central recovering. After seeing the Central starters enter the field and continue to pass every down, Haywood reinstated the Pirate 1st stringers and Lee would intercept a pass and return it 85 yards for a TD. Central would add one more score on the Belfry Frosh to set the final margin. That drive would also provide a quite comical play that reflected the inconsistent officiating, the Hawks would blatantly fumble the football on an exchange and after the scrum ensued

a Pirate player emerged holding the football and handing it to the refs, the officials would immediately rule PC football.

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Ivan Lee was an absolute manchild on both sides of the ball. On offense Lee would run for well over 200 yards and 2 TD on less 10-12 carries. Defensively he would record numerous pass breakups, a sack, quite a few tackles for loss, and an 85 yard INT return for a TD.

 

Timmy Lovern's punt return was the 3rd Punt return in 2 weeks for Belfry, they have also returned a kickoff for a TD.

 

Despite allowing 13 points, the Belfry 1st string defense has single handidly scored their opposition 14-13 this season through 7 games. The Pirates recorded a safety earlier this year, they have also scored on a fumble recovery and an INT return.

 

Belfry DID NOT look impressive at all. For the second straight week they appeared vulnerable and committed numerous costly penalties and mental errors. The kickoff coverage was porous once again, and the pass defense appeared especially vulnerable in zone coverage.

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How long will Dusty May be out?

 

Not sure, he is not practicing right now and the earliest he could be released would be this coming Thursday. I'd call him questionable for the Sheldon Clark game at this point. No way they will let him play before he is 100% ready to go.

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Belfry did the smart thing, rest everyone and take no chances on anyone getting hurt. I understand they played sloppy, without your best kids in the game you will play sloppy! Belfry did enough to get the win and will be ready to roll with everyone for the S.C. game.

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I have heard great things about Dustin May. What is his height/weight/speed? Any chance he will play D1?

 

6'3 220 FB/LB

Don't know his 40 time, he is pretty fast for a big guy but definately not a 4.5 guy. He is a 3 year starter on both sides of the ball and is on his way to a third consecutive 1000 yard rushing season.

 

The odds of him playing D-1 are sadly slim, UK has been very interested in him but have not offered yet (and probably won't). Both May and JR HB/DE Ivan Lee were on the field with the recruits this past weekend for the LSU game. It is really hard for a kid from EKY to get a D-1 scholarship offer, let alone when they are a FB, because FB's get scholarship offers about as frequent as kickers do.

 

If May decides to walk-on at Uk they will get a greta player capable of playign numerous positions. I could very easily see him earning a scholarship ala John Connor.

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