H.S. FOOTBALL | Belfry defeats Louisville Central in Class 3-A Championship

12/03/2016 11:09 PM

The Belfry Pirates defeated the Louisville Central Yellow Jackets 52-31 to win the class 3-A state championship for the fourth year in a row.

Belfry outscored Central 14-7 in the first quarter, the Pirates struck first with a Cameron Catron 58-yard touchdown run at the 8:42 mark. Austin Woolums hit the point-after-attempt. Central quickly answered when James Simpson hit Rico White with a 24-yard touchdown pass just four minutes later to even the score. Belfry drove down the field again, this time it was Derek Wellman on a 64-yard run to score.

Neither team was able to make it into the end zone in the second quarter, but Belfry was able to put three more on the board when Woolums kicked a field goal to give Belfry the three-point advantage heading into the locker room at the halftime.

Coach Philip Haywood’s Pirates outscored Central 14-0 in the third quarter. Devin Varney with a pick-six, then Wellman on a one-yard run.

In the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets came out firing, scoring 24 points as Ukruri Baker, Davon Hall, White, and Quincey Baines each made it to the end zone on a touchdown or two-point conversion. Belfry’s Tavern Hunter and Cantron each scored in the fourth quarter as well.

Each team managed to come up with 17 first-downs. Belfry managed 407 yards rushing. They had no passing yards and never attempted a throw downfield. Louisville Central was held to just 84 rushing yards, but had 310 passing.

Belfry’s Derek Wellman, who was named MVP, had 195 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Taveon Hunter was 5-95 with 2 rushing touchdowns.

Central’s James Simpson was 19-38-3 with 310 yards for four touchdowns. He was sacked four times. Rico White led the receivers going 8-95 and 2 touchdowns. Ukruri Baker had 296 all-purpose yards in the game.

Defensively, Belfry finished with 47 tackles, four sacks for 27 yards, 10 tackles-for-loss for 41 yards, one forced fumble, three interceptions for ten yards and six pass break-ups. UofL offensive-line commit Cole Bentley finished with 1.5 total tackles. Chase Dove had 6.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks for 13 yards, 2.5 TFL for 14 yards. Rayquan Horton finished out with four tackles, credited for half a sack and TFL for six yards and one pass break-up.

Central’s Jonathan Dooley had 8 tackles and one TFL for three yards. They had no interceptions, forced fumbles, break-ups, blocks, quarterback hits, or sacks. Central’s defense had three TFL for five yards.

Belfry now has six state championships, and four in the past four years.

Watch highlights, celebrations and post-game interviews with Cole Bentley (Louisville commit) and Austin Dotson (UK commit) below:


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