The Berea Community coaching staff made some major adjustments to the team’s offense heading into last week’s match-up at home with district rival Eminence.
Those changes paid off.
After being shutout out in back-to-back games, the Pirates scored three-second half touchdowns in a 49-18 loss.
“It was a big monkey off our back,” Berea coach Tony Degregorio said of getting back in the end zone after a 10-quarter drought. “We had struggled over the last two games, but I believe we have made steps in the right direction.”
The Pirates (0-6, 0-2 district) will look to build on that momentum this weekend.
Berea is set to wrap up district play at Frankfort on Friday evening.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The showdown with the Panthers (1-3, 1-1) gives Berea an opportunity to break two long losing streaks. The Pirates have lost seven-straight overall and have also dropped 24-straight district games, a streak that runs back to Oct. 10, 2004.
Berea’s new look offense did plenty of good things last week.
Junior quarterback Jayson Coburn had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). He threw for 181 yards, with three interceptions, caught two passes for 72 yards and had 16 yards on seven carries.
Clayton Martinez had a career-best eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Yamil Cruz had three catches for 79 yards and touchdown, while also rushing for a team-best 65 yards on four carries.
Caleb Moore was 3-for-3 passing for 62 yards.
The Pirates have scored just 58 points on the season, which is the seventh-fewest of any Class A team in the state.
Frankfort had a pair of games canceled earlier this season because of COVID-19, but opened district play two weeks ago with a 51-38 win over Eminence (3-3, 1-1). Last Friday, the Panthers were handed a 41-16 loss by Kentucky Country Day (4-1, 2-0).
Junior Azeno Williams leads the Frankfort offense. The running back has 620 yards rushing on 89 carries with eight touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Sam Davis has completed 29-of-63 passes for 486 yards this season with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Charles Ellis is dual-threat for the Panthers. He has 19 catches for 195 yards and four touchdowns along with 12 carries for 244 yards and two TDs.
Frankfort beat the Panthers, 34-0, last season in Berea.