After being shutout the past two games, Berea Community (0-5, 0-2 district) reached the end zone three times on Friday night at Duerson Stadium.

But, those touchdowns came after district rival Eminence (3-3, 1-1 district) quickly went up 14-0 in the first quarter.

The Warriors used that early momentum to roll to a 49-18 victory.

The Pirates (0-6, 0-2 district) struggled with penalties and turnovers on the night, something Berea Community coach Tony Degregorio wants to correct.

"Preach it, practice it, and work on fundamentals," Degregorio said.

Berea trailed early and headed into the locker room down 20-0.

"I keep telling my boys, 'never quit.' I told them we are three plays away from taking the lead in this game," Degregorio said.

Coming out of the locker room, the Pirates showed a spark as they drove down the field and scored their first touchdown in the last 10 periods with 5:45 left in the third quarter on a TD catch by Yamil Cruz.

Being able to produce on offense was a huge relief for Degregorio and his team.

"It was a big monkey off our back," Degregorio said. "We have struggled over the last two games, but I believe we have made steps in the right direction. We had a great week of practice."

Berea Community quarterback Jayson Coburn threw for two touchdowns -- one to Clayton Martinez -- and rushed for another.

Degregorio was proud of his team's effort against Eminence, but said he saw room for improvement as they prepare to face Frankfort next week.

"All of the kids on this team have that no quit effort and I love it," Degregorio said. "Normally that is the hardest trait to bring out in somebody. They all have it, they all want to succeed and they are going to play until the last possible snap."

Degregorio said his team is still young and working on a lot of the fundamentals, but are getting better every time out on the field.

"We're still working on some fundamental stuff, which you shouldn't be six games into the season, but we are. It's growing pains," said Degregorio.

The Pirates will travel to Frankfort next Friday, Oct. 23 to face another district foe.

"We're going to work, watch some film and get back to work on Monday," Degregorio said.

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