Register Staff Report
Berea ended a four-game losing streak last week, scoring a season-high point total in a 42-6 victory at Paris.
The Pirates (2-4) hope to carry that momentum into this week when they begin district play tonight at Lynn Camp.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“I think our team is improving,” Berea coach Adam Coleman said. “Even though our record is the same as it was last year (at this time), I feel better about where we are at this point.”
Through the first four games of the season the Pirates averaged 22.5 points per game.
During a 38-36 loss on Sept. 21 to Eminence the Pirates found a new offensive weapon — 6-foot, 235-pound senior fullback Hunter Wilson.
Wilson rushed 39 times for 339 yards and four touchdowns against Eminence, then scored five touchdowns against Paris.
The Pirates have averaged 40 points per game the past two games with Wilson at fullback.
“We put a lot of work into our power game this summer,” Coleman said. “Our offense and our line is really starting to get the concept of our power blocking schemes. Obviously, we’ve moved Hunter to tailback. He’s tough to bring down. When he gets out in the open field, secondary guys don’t like to try to tackle him.”
Overall, Berea has scored 168 points (28 per game) and allowed 158 (26.3 per game).
Expect the Pirates to keep feeding Wilson against Lynn Camp.
After five straight games against teams with winning records, the Pirates face a Lynn Camp team that is sitting at 2-4 overall, having suffered two-straight lopsided losses, falling to Harlan (53-7) and Whitley County (49-0).
It’s been a strange season for Lynn Camp.
The Wildcats, who went 0-11 last season, ended a 13-game losing streak with a season-opening victory against East Ridge.
Lynn Camp then lost two straight, before beating Pineville, but has since dropped its past two contests.
“The new coach they’ve brought in, he’s a spread (offense) guy,” Coleman said of Lynn Camp’s Phil Russell. “They still try to run the ball and get in the power I-formation, but I don’t expect them to do that against us. I think they will try to stick with the spread offense. That’s what Paris tried to do to us.”
In their four losses, the Wildcats have allowed at least 47 points in every game while being shutout twice and scoring just 13 total points.
Berea, which went 4-7 last year, won last year’s game 30-13 for their only district victory of the season.
During last year’s game, Berea blanked Lynn Camp in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead into the locker room.
Running back Zach Cunningham, who returned last week from an injury, was the leading rusher last year against Lynn Camp, running the ball 19 times for 87 yards.
Devin Hester ran the ball eight times for 74 yards and Wilson rushed 15 times for 47 yards.
Berea had 296 yards of offense, while holding Lynn Camp to 162 yards of offense.