After winning its season opener for the first time since 2000, the Pirates did not storm the field nor did they dump icy water over new head coach Kenan McWhorter’s head.

Just moments later in a postgame talk, Berea Community’s players had already forgotten about the victorious effort — readying themselves with the next game against Pineville.

And after breaking down the game film, McWhorter was not thrilled with his team’s play despite the easy 48-12 win over Bracken County.

“We went back and graded out the film and we graded out as a D,” the first-year coach said. “We had only one play on offense that everybody did their assignment right and only about one on defense. So we graded out horribly.”

He will be looking for improvement as the Pirates (1-0) hit the road tonight against a familiar foe, Pineville (1-0).

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Pineville.

The Mountain Lions opened with a 28-20 win over Estill County and have had success against Berea in recent seasons.

Last year, Pineville took a 42-7 win in Berea. The Mountain Lions also won in 2005, 12-6, and edged out the Pirates in 2003, 13-12.

You have to go back to 1999 for the last time Berea won this matchup, 41-40.

“I know that Berea has always respected Pineville,” McWhorter said. “And Pineville has always been, especially in the past, very good at this level. I look forward to going down to Pineville and trying to see what we can do because it will be a great test for us.”

Part of the test will be mental as the Pirates face the first opponent that has a history of beating them.

McWhorter knows that and is trying to remind his team not to think about the Mountain Lions, but to focus on themselves.

“I think that’s going to be a little bit of a difference. We were at an advantage playing Bracken County our first game because they didn’t have in the back of their minds the fact that they had beaten us repeatedly,” McWhorter said. “But, I’ve tried to explain to them that good teams don’t worry about their opponents, they just prepare for them.”

Berea does have some element of surprise against the Mountain Lions, as most of McWhorter’s offensive weapons did not play in last year’s game.

Those getting things done against Bracken were Rashad Slaughter (246 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns), Josh Campbell (a touchdown pass and a touchdown run), Jordan Clontz, Bo Brewer (touchdown reception), Brandon Crouch and Jeremy Hamilton.

“All the guys that we are relying on, that we are trying to focus our offense on, didn’t play at all last year,” McWhorter said. “So it will be hard to say how much that will be a factor, having different players out there.”

And maybe the hardest part of preparing, the first-year coach said, will be the style of defense Pineville played against Estill will likely not be what the Pirates face, based on the two different style of offenses.

He does know that no matter what defensive set Pineville plays the players will be relentless.

Something he’s hoping to get from his defensive unit while trying to stop quarterback Jon Stanley and wide receivers T.J. Lord and Matt Combs.

Combs had 35 catches for 570 yards and six scores, while Lord had 23 for 476 yards and three TDs last year.

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