BELFRY, Ky. — A tale of two halves.
The Gallia Academy football team held the top-ranked Belfry Pirates in check for 24 miuntes Friday night, but the Bluegrass State hosts scored 27 second half points to take the 41-19 victory and improve to 6-0.
The Pirates (6-0) forced Gallia Academy (4-2) to punt on the game’s opening drive and just one minute into its opening drive Belfry found paydirt. A 41 yard touchdown run by Justin Johnson and extra point by Austin Woolum put BHS on top 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Blue Devils answered with less than a minute to go in the first period with a Wade Jarrell 12 yard run for six. Dylan Saunders added the point after and the Blue and White pulled even with Belfry, 7-7 at the end of one quarter.
After a pair of failed drives by each team in the second quarter Belfry finally found itself in scoring position with a minute until halftime. The Pirates main runningback Trenity Carr blasted into the endzone from one yard out and, following Wollum’s point after, put BHS on top 14-7 at halftime.
Just two minutes into the second half Belfry quarterback Sani Warren found Keaton Taylor for a 31 yard touchdown pass and, with the Wollum extra point, increased the Pirates lead to 21-7.
Three minutes later Warren connected with Taylor again, this time for a 29 yard touchdown that put Belfry ahead 27-7.
Within two minutes of the fourth period Belfry’s Andrew Fletcher capped off the 51-yard drive with a six yard touchdown run and, after a Wollum extra point, gave the Pirates a 34-7 advantage.
The Blue Devils answered with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Wade Jarrell to Logan Allison and GAHS trailed 34-13 with nine minutes remaining.
Belfry increased its lead to 41-7 at the 7:07 mark of the fourth with a four yard touchdown run by Carr and an extra point by Vollum.
With four minutes remaining Jarrell ran in his second touchdown of the game from nine yards out, but GAHS failed to gain anymore ground and fell 41-19 to Belfry.
Wade Jarrell finished with 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 attempts, while throwing for 143 yards on 16-of-27 through the air with a score.
Warren was 4-of-5 passing for Belfry with two touchdowns and 91 yards. Taylor caught two passes for 60 yards and two scores, while Xondre Willis had two grabs for 31 yards.
Fletcher led the Pirates with 129 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, followed by Carr with 122 yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts.
BHS outgained Gallia Academy 365-to-262 in total yards and 274-to-121 on the ground.
The Blue Devils will begin league play next week with a trip to Portsmouth (2-4), while Belfry will travel to face the Chirstian Academy of Knoxville.
Information provided by Randy White, sports editior of the Appalachian News-Express.