Belfry beats Cabell Midland 36-28
BELFRY, Ky. — It was a battle in the trenches Friday night at CAM Stadium as the Cabell Midland Knights and Belfry Pirates both relied on their big and strong offensive lines in what was a fast-paced game.
In the end, the Pirates (6-1) were too much, however, as they scored on every possession in the first half, except when they ran the clock out before halftime, and scored on every possession in the second half until they did the same again and outlasted the Class AAA school from West Virginia, 36-28.
The Pirates got on the board first after forcing a punt on the first Cabell Midland drive as junior Ben Bentley scampered around the left end from 11 yards out and found the end zone. The PAT try was blocked by Grayson Cook and the Pirates led 6-0 with 7:13 remaining in the first.
The Knights started their next drive near midfield after a nice return by Carlito Carter, but failed to put points on the board as a 30-yard field goal attempt by Cameron Grobe was blocked by Belfry’s Isaac Dixon off the edge.
Belfry got the ball back and Dixon immediately broke loose down the left sideline for a long gain into Knight territory. After a couple of runs by senior QB Avery Browning put the Pirates at the 2-yard line, sophomore fullback Brett Coleman plowed through the middle for the second score of the game. After a bad snap on the PAT, the Pirates held a 12-0 lead with 8:22 remaining in the first half.
With their backs against the wall, the Knights (3-4) relied on the legs of all-state back Ivan Vaughn and mounted a long, seven-plus minute drive that featured two fourth down conversions near midfield.
Vaughn eventually broke loose and weaved his way to the end zone from 33 yards out to put the Knights on the board. After Grobe’s PAT was good, the Knights only trailed by five, 12-7, with 55.3 seconds remaining in the half.
The Pirates, who deferred the opening kickoff, got the ball first to start the second half and looked to take back control of the game.
They did just that on a 10-yard TD run by Browning around the right side. Coleman punched the two-point try in and the Pirates led 20-7 with 6:32 remaining in the third.
Belfry took the ball back on downs and wasted no time scoring again as Browning threw his only pass of the game, a 68-yard strike to Bentley for another Pirate touchdown.
Bentley went up over two defenders and pulled down the pass, kept his feet and sprinted down the right sideline for the score. After Dixon’s two-point try was good The Pirates were in full control of the game leading 28-7 with 1:59 remaining in the third.
Cabell Midland answered with another long drive toward the end zone that ended on a 17-yard run by fullback Jakob Caudill. Grobe’s PAT split the uprights again and the lead was trimmed to 28-14 with 9:15 remaining in the game.
Now only trailing by two scores the Knights needed a stop, but Dixon scored on an 18-yard run with 7:45 left to play.
Cabell Midland added two late scores on a 66-yard fumble return by Zachary McCoy and a 6-yard pass from Landon Gould to Vaughn.
The Pirates narrowly out gained the Knights with 352 yards to 333.
Coleman led the Belfry rushers with 98 yards on 14 carries. Vaughn picked up 98 yards on 21 rushes for the Knights. Caudill added 94 yards on 17 attempts for Cabell Midland.