The Berea Community Pirates (4-5) saw their hopes of a first-round home playoff game dashed Friday after they suffered a 48-18 loss at Campbellsville.
Once again big plays and turnovers did the Pirates in.
The Eagles (5-4) got three one-play touchdown runs by Kendon Young and a fumble return and punt return touchdown in the game.
“Big plays killed us tonight,” Berea coach Adam Coleman said. “We can’t overcome those things and win.”
Campbellsville took a quick 8-0 lead on a 60-yard run by Young on their very first play from scrimmage and a 2-point conversion.
Berea answered back, methodically marching down field for a touchdown on a 4-yard run by Deondre Tate. The 2-point conversion failed to make it 8-6.
The Pirates stopped the Eagles on their next possession and took their only lead of the game.
Berea went 65 yards for the score, finished on a 12-yard run by Jason Strong to put them on top 12-8.
But from there it was all Campbellsville.
The Eagles got another one-play touchdown from Young and then converted a Berea fumble into a touchdown to take a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We were in the game at that point. But turnovers killed us in the second quarter,” Coleman said.
Campbellsville got touchdowns on another Berea fumble, a punt return and two long Young runs to take a 48-12 half-time lead.
The Pirates managed one final score early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Kevin Reed hit Cory Mowery with a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 48-18.
The Pirates play host to Paris in their regular season finale next week. The game has been moved to Thursday night at 7 p.m. because of Halloween activities in Berea on Friday night.
Berea will travel to Harlan on Nov. 7 to take on the Green Dragons in the first round of the Class A playoffs.