Friday night on Pond Creek the war was waged between two District Rivals for bragging rights in the district as well as a 1st Place in the District rankings. The Lawrence County Bulldogs came into this game with a lot of momentum after the win last Friday against the Hawks of Pike County Central. Coach Alan Short brought his team into the game with a 6-1 record and that one loss was due to forfeit due to Covid protocols.
Belfry entered the contest into the game with a 2-5 record. After playing on of the toughest schedule in the state during their first five games, Belfry had won the last two contests against Magoffin County 43-0 and Floyd Central 49-6.
Early in the 1st quarter, Lawrence County got the scoring underway after a beautiful pass play to Kaden Gillespie of 45 yards gets the Dawgs down to the Belfry 1 yard line. It was Dylan Ferguson finishes it off with 9:29 to go in the first. After the extra point, the Dawgs led 7-0.
Belfry running from the wishbone attack that has worked for Coach Phillip Haywood for nearly 40 years, quickly answered scoring twice in the first quarter of play after Lawrence County’s initial score. Caden Woolum goes in from the one yard line with 6:40 left in the first period. Then later in the first, Copley goes in from a yard out making the score 14-7 after one quarter of play.
In the second period, Lawrence County comes rolling back with a touchdown with 7:52 to go as Dylan Ferguson gets in for his second touchdown making the score 14-13 after a missed extra point by Southers . Belfry again quickly answered as Dixon goes in twice with less than 2:00 minutes remaining in the half. Dixon’s first score occurred with 1:51 left in the half and then again with :25 seconds remaining. Both extra points attempts by Ireson were good to push the Belfry lead at the half to 28-13.
In the third quarter of play, Lawrence County quarterback Alex Strickland came out finding receivers Kaden Gillespie ,Nick Collinsworth and Abner Collinsworth for some nice gains for the Dawgs. Strickland finished the game 10-18 for 136 yards passing, but Lawrence County was unable to score.
The Pirates score again in the third on a run by Dre Young with 6:58 left and with the point after made the score 35-13 . The Pirate defense was the key to success for Belfry. Entering the game Lawrence County came into the game averaging nearly 260 yards a game rushing. The Pirate defense held the Lawrence County ground attack to 131 rushing. The Pirates would find one more scoring drive with 7:28 left, Dre Young would go in from one yard out and Ireson would add the extra point to finish the scoring making the score 42-13 as the final score.
Belfry was led by the rushing attack of Isaac Dixon. Dixon carried the ball 20 times for 186 yards on the night. Dixon also scored two touchdowns and added one interception. For Lawrence County, the bright spot on the night was wide receiver Kaden Gillespie. Gillespie caught 6 passes for 97 yards.
The win moves the Pirates go to 3-5 on the season and 3-0 in the district play. Belfry will host to the Hawks of Pike County Central next week at Cam Stadium. The loss moves Lawrence County to 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in the district play. The Dawgs will play host to the Floyd Central Jaguars next Friday night at Luke Varney Jr Memorial Stadium.
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