The Pirates (6-3) weren’t at full strength when they took on Frankfort last week at home.

Berea Community was without senior quarterback Jaylen Whitaker and sophomore safety/linebacker Logan Abney and had several other players battling through physical issues.

Those injuries played a big part in a very disappointing loss.

The Pirates committed six turnovers and suffered a 34-0 setback.

“That was kind of a kick in the chest,” Berea coach Aaron Stepp said of the loss to Frankfort.

Berea opened the season with six-straight wins, but finished with an 0-3 record against district opponents. That sets up a first-round Class A Playoff match-up with undefeated Kentucky Country Day (9-0, 3-0) in two weeks in Louisville.

The Pirates are set to wrap up the regular season today at home against Jellico, Tenn.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Whitaker injured his hip late in the loss to Eminence on Oct. 18.

Without the quarterback in the lineup, senior wide receiver Cody Moore took over under center.

The Panthers raced out to a 21-0 lead at halftime as Berea struggled to move the ball.

“We were really never in the game,” Stepp said.

The Pirates will be in much better position going into a Senior Night match-up with Jellico. Whitaker and Abney are back and several other players are healthier heading into the final home game of the regular season.

The Blue Devils are 3-6 on the season. They have played two other Kentucky teams this season.

Jellico beat McCreary Central 28-24 and lost to Williamsburg, 42-0.

“They play hard,” Stepp said of Jellico. “They line up the right way. That’s half the battle. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Berea beat Jellico last season on the road, 18-0. That win snapped a 43-game losing streak.

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