By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Berea Community Coach Adam Coleman warned his team earlier in the week, not to take Ludlow, their homecoming opponent, lightly.
The Panthers (2-4) lost to Bracken County earlier in the season 18-14, a team Berea beat handily 47-14 two weeks ago.
Coleman told his troops the scores didn’t tell the whole story, Bracken played much better at Ludlow than it did in Berea where their mistakes contributed greatly to the Pirates’ win.
Evidently the message didn’t get through to the Pirates.
Ludlow jumped on a mistake-prone Berea squad early and never let up, steamrolling the Pirates 53-0.
On the night, Berea (1-5) lost one fumble, threw three interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — had multiple bad snaps and a mental mistake on a kickoff that turned the ball over to the Panthers.
Ludlow took the opening kickoff and went 45 yards on four plays to take a quick 7-0 lead.
Berea fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and things quickly went downhill from there.
The Panthers needed only three plays to put the ball in the end zone for a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Things could have gotten much worse in the first quarter, but the Berea defense stiffened and held the Panthers, who then missed back-to-back field goal attempts.
But the reprieve was short lived as Ludlow got three touchdowns in the second quarter in 1:03 — the first two, 10 seconds apart — to grab a 33-0 lead.
Ludlow added another touchdown before the half and two in the second half to round out the scoring.
On the night, Berea had 122 net yards of offense — 47 on the ground and 52 through the air.
Ludlow finished with 363 total yards.
Jason Strong led the way for Berea on the ground with 36 yards, while Cory Mowery and Joshua Lamb added nine yards each and quarterback Kevin Reed had -6 net yards.
Deondre Tate led Berea receivers with four catches for 52 yards. Derrick Isaac had one catch for 12 yards, Mowery had one catch for eight yards and Lamb had one catch for three yards.
Reed finished the night 7-of-22 through the air with three interceptions, one of which was tipped at the line of scrimmage.
Berea hosts Lynn Camp next week at 7:30 p.m.