The Pirates (1-0) suffered plenty lot of lopsided, humbling setbacks during a 43-game losing streak that spanned more than four seasons.
Things are different now, though.
“I told the kids it was going to take a little time, but when we get where we want, there’s going to be some retribution,” Berea coach Aaron Stepp said. “Some teams are going to have to pay a little bit for what they’ve done. What goes around, comes around.”
The Pirates blasted long-time rival Jackson County, 53-18, last week in McKee.
The road to retribution continues today with another road trip.
Berea is set travel to Harlan. Tip-off for a match-up with the Green Dragons (0-1) is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Pirates had lost four-straight to Jackson County, but racked up almost 500 yards of offense last week. Quarterback Jaylen Whittaker had four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing), Jaiden Cunningham had two rushing touchdowns, while Dustin Lawniczak had a TD run and Cody Moore and Jarred Whittaker had TD catches.
Timmy Thompson also returned an interception for a score.
The victory gave the Pirates back-to-back wins for the first since Sept. 12 & 19, 2014.
Berea can make even more history this weekend.
The Pirates have not won three-straight games since Aug. 29, 2009.
“Anyone who saw us the final three or four games last year knew that they was going to be a much, much better football team,” Stepp said.
Harlan was part of the Berea’s long losing streak, as well.
The Green Dragons beat the Pirates, 48-14, in the opening round of the Class A Playoffs in 2014.
Harlan did not play last week.
The Green Dragons took a forfeit loss against Harlan County. Harlan canceled the game this summer as the school struggled to find enough players to field a team.
The Green Dragons have 26 players on the roster this week.
Junior quarterback Connor Scearse recently suffered a shoulder injury and is considered doubtful for tonight’s game.
Junior Shane Lindsey would likely get the start if Scearse is unable to play, according to the Harlan Enterprise. Ethan Clem, the Dragons’ top running back, could also see action at quarterback.