Belfry's historic run ends at Central

Teddy Paynter

LOUISVILLE — Belfry's historic run in Class 3A football came to a crashing end under the city lights of Louisville.


Longtime nemesis Louisville Central pulled away late in the second quarter and never looked back in rolling to a 60-21 win over the four-time defending champion Pirates at Central Field on Nov. 17.


Belfry, which finished its season 11-2, will not be appearing in the finals for the first time since 2009.


The Pirates had won 26 straight games against Kentucky schools. The last loss came to Pikeville on Sept. 19, 2014.


Running back Taveon Hunter led the Belfry attack with 160 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.


Central's one-two punch of quarterback Rico White and running back Mykah Williams dominated from start to finish.


White completed 11-of-12 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and he rushed for two scores. Williams carried 23 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns.


White put Central (11-2) ahead for good with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Ukari Baker with 10 minutes, 1 second left in the opening period.


The Yellowjackets pushed the lead to 14-0 when Luke Bowman picked up a Belfry fumble and returned it 34 yards with 9:20 left.


Belfry quarterback Avery Browning pulled the Pirates within 14-7 with a three-yard touchdown run with 5:14 remaining.


White ran two yards for a score with 10:36 left before halftime to extend the Central lead to 22-6. Williams ran in the conversion.


Hunter then raced 49 yards for a score to bring the Pirates with 22-14 with 8:22 remaining before halftime.


Central came right back as Williams scored on a nine-yard run with 5:41 left.


Browning added Belfry's final points on a two-yard run with 1:38 to go to make it 28-21.


The backbreaker came when Central's Davon Hall caught a tipped pass and raced 47 yards for a score with 11 seconds left before the break. Central led 34-21.


Williams scored on TD runs of 28 yards with 10:05 left and 10 yards six minutes later to put the game out of reach.


At Louisville


(Class 3A Regional Championship)




BF (11-2)….................................7 14 0 0 – 21


LC (11-2)…...............................14 20 20 6 – 60




First Quarter


LC – Ukari Baker, 41-yard pass from Rico White (run failed), 10:01


LC – Luke Bowman, 34-yard fumble return (Mykah Williams run), 9:20


BF – Avery Browning, 3-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 5:14


Second Quarter


LC – Rico White, 2-yard run (Mykah Williams run), 10:36


BF – Taveon Hunter, 49-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 8:22


LC – Mykah Williams, 9-yard run (run failed), 5:41


BF – Avery Browning, 2-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 1:38


LC – Davon Hall, 47-yard pass from Rico White (run failed), :11


Third Quarter


LC – Mykah Williams, 28-yard run (run failed), 10:05


LC – Mykah Williams, 10-yard run (Takius Linton run), 4:37


LC – Takius Linton, 49-yard run (run failed), :11


Fourth Quarter


LC – Rico White, 1-yard run (pass failed), 3:55


Next up: Belfry's season ends.