The schedule provided the Pirates with an unusual early-season break.

After an open week, Berea Community was awarded a forfeit victory after Jenkins shut down its football program.

That gave the Pirates (4-0) plenty of time to get ready for their next opponent.

“We’ve just been preparing for Sayre,” Berea senior lineman Matt Crutcher said. “We are just learning everything they do. Watching film on them. I think we know them pretty well.”

The Pirates will return to the field for the first time in 20 days when they take on Sayre.

Kick-off for the Homecoming game is set for 7:30 p.m. today in Berea at Duerson Stadium.

Berea is one of just three unbeaten Class A teams left in the state.

In their last action, the Pirates beat Caverna, 44-21, on Sept. 7 at home.

Timmy Thompson had five rushing touchdowns and 205 yards on the ground.

Berea has out-scored its opponents 119-46 this season.

Sayre resurrected its football program last year after four decades of dormancy.

The school hired former National Football League quarterback Chad Pennington to be its coach.

The Spartans played only a junior varsity schedule last year.

This season, Sayre is 1-1.

The Spartans lost to Bethlehem 49-14 on Aug. 30 and beat Rock Creek Academy (Ind.), 34-0, on Sept. 6.

“Up front, we are bigger than them,” Berea coach Aaron Stepp said of Sayre. “At the skill positions, they have as much talent as we do. So, it’s going to be a good match-up.”

One of those skill position kids is quarterback Jameson Pennington.

He has completed 31-of-52 passes this season for 360 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

“That’s a pretty good genetic makeup. His dad was an NFL quarterback for 12 years,” Stepp said of Pennington. “He’s a kid we are obviously concerned about.”

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