Register Staff Report
The Pirates knew they faced a big challenge Friday on the road in their season opener.
Berea Community, a Class A school, traveled to Whitesburg to take on Letcher County Central, a Class 5A school, in the Sports R Us Kickoff Classic.
The Pirates held their own for most of the first half, but the Cougars pulled away for a 47-0 victory. Jaylyn Williams had four touchdowns for Letcher County Central.
“They had about 70 on their roster,” Berea coach Adam Coleman said. “And we dressed about 20 kids.”
Cory Mowery led the Berea offense with 90 yards rushing.
The Cougars scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters and carried a 28-0 lead into the halftime.
“In the first half, they scored two and we gave them two,” Coleman said. “We dropped an interception on about the 10-yard line right before they scored their first touchdown. So, we could have had the ball back right there. Then in the second quarter we gave up like a third-and-40. You take away those plays and it could have 14-6 or 21-8. We were doing all right heading into halftime.”
Letcher County Central scored on a kick return early in the second half that broke open the game.
The Cougars also scored on the final play of the game when they recovered a fumble in the end zone after time had expired.
Berea had just one turnover in the game.
The Pirates (0-1) will play host to Nicholas County next Friday in their home opener.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.