By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
For the second week in a row, the Berea Community Pirates (0-3) will be facing a team with a wide-open offense.
Bracken County (1-2), like Bethlehem last week, is a very good running team, but the Polar Bears also will spread the field and throw the ball as well.
The Class A Polar Bears have some talented, experienced players on offense.
Quarterback Tristen Bishop is only a freshman, but he is surrounded by a backfield and receiving corps that is very experienced.
Starting receivers Hunter Cracraft, Ryan Flora and Logan Houston, as well as running backs Brandon Greenlee and Ryan May are all seniors.
Berea and Bracken County haven’t played for several years, but Pirates
coach Adam Coleman got a chance to see the Polar Bears in person when they played Nicholas County a couple of weeks ago, a game they lost 44-0.
Bracken beat Ludlow the following week, then lost to Bishop Brossart, 56-28, last week.
Coleman said he expects Bracken to mix up the offense against the Pirates.
“They spread it out pretty good. They did that against Nicholas a little bit and were successful running the ball,” Coleman said. “They have run the Power-I in years before, but it looks like they have gone to the spread this year and we expect them to use it against us.”
Nicholas County was able to run the ball effectively up the middle against the Polar Bears three weeks ago and Coleman said he thinks the Pirates will be able to do the same.
Going against a Bethlehem team last week that was loaded with speedy players at the skill positions should help this week, Coleman said, against the Polar Bears, who though talented, don’t possess that type of speed.
“They have a little different type of passing game than Bethlehem, so hopefully playing against Bethlehem’s speed prepared us a little bit for what we’ll see against Bracken’s passing game,” Coleman said.
The Pirates suffered a 45-6 loss last week at Bethlehem. Berea has been out-scored 114-18 so far this season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. between the Pirates and Bracken County in Berea.