H.S. FOOTBALL | Belfry's talented offensive line

10/04/2016 07:00 PM

Nestled in the mountains on the Kentucky and West Virginia line is Belfry High School. The Pirates have a legacy for winning- and a strong offensive line to continue their success.

“We’re a real physical team,” said senior lineman Cole Bentley. Bentley is a guard/tight end committed to UofL. “So our mindset is to make the other team quit before we do. First half we’re going to beat you down and second half we’re going to try to run you off the field.”

Their offense has an advantage over opposing defenses, thanks in large part to their offensive line that has four future division-1 players lining up each snap.

“I’d say it surprises some people,” said senior O-lineman Jordan Scott. Scott is undecided on where he will play college football, but he has an offer from Tennessee Tech.

“People would never really expect something like to come from just a little place like this,” Bentley added. “You know, we got a Food City and a Walmart and that’s about it. You know, so to have four division-one linemen at one school like that in this area is just unheard of, ya know? To even have two division one players is unheard of around here, so we’ve been blessed really.”

The guys had to go out and earn all their offers and they say the product you see now is the result of plenty of hard work.

“We work hard. All these guys, we wasn’t what we are now our freshman year but under [Head] Coach [Philip] Haywood and Coach [Anthony] Tackett and Coach [James] Roe, all our coaches we’ve became what we are now,” said senior offensive lineman Rayquan “Ray” Horton. Horton has a host of offers including, Western Kentucky, Toledo, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech; he is undecided on where he will play football next season.

“It means so much to us, really. It’s so cool. We’ve just worked so hard, starting from freshman year to senior year. I mean, we come out every day and bust it and we work to make everyone better,” Scott explained.

“Since we was freshman, Coach [Anthony] Tackett and Coach [Nathan] Coleman- our two offensive line coaches and Coach [Jim] Booth, they basically push us harder than any unit on the field and I believe that’s what makes us become as one,“ said Austin Dotson, a UK commit.

But the real secret to their success is chemistry.

“It’s eating after practice or just hanging out on the weekends, you know, it’s kind of cool. You know the guys you play beside every Friday are your best friends,” Scott explained.

“There’s nothing like it- just knowing that that guy next to you and the guy on the other side of the line is thinking about you and not himself. That’s the way that we’ve always played it and that’s the reason we have so much success on the O-line,” added Dotson.

Defending their 3-A State Championship from last season, Belfry is 5-1 this season and travels to Lawrence County Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey Gough joined cn2 in August 2016 as a reporter for cn2 Sports. Before that, Lyndsey was a multimedia journalist, reporter, anchor and producer at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, KY covering both news and sports. Lyndsey graduated from the University of Kentucky in May of 2015 after covering the Cats for 3 years for print, radio, and television for various outlets. She is excited to finally be covering sports full-time again here in the Bluegrass. You can follow Lyndsey on Twitter @lgough_cn2 and send story ideas her way.

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