Looking at the records, it would seem that Berea Community football team might have an easy go of it this week.

The Pirates (4-1, 1-0 district) are preparing to face off against defending district champion Williamsburg (1-4, 0-0 district) on the road tonight (7:30 p.m. kickoff).

But the Yellowjackets, who haven’t won a game since topping Jellico, Tenn., in their opener, 38-16 on Aug. 21, have faced some pretty stiff competition. They have only faced two Class A schools — perennial power Hazard and Harlan — and have gone toe-to-toe with 5A South Laurel (who they lost to, 32-26) and 4A Knox Central (48-46).

“Their record is very deceiving,” Berea coach Kenan McWhorter said. “You have to look at who they played. If they had played all Class A teams to this point, they would be 3-2 or 4-1. When you look at their key ingredients, they’re not a 1-4 team.”

One of Willamsburg’s main components is senior quarterback Ryan Moses. He led the team last season to a 10-2 record and a district championship with his 2,809 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. And this season, he’s already racking up the points.

He has completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,322 yards and nine touchdowns, while only throwing up five interceptions.

The versatile QB has also rushed for 289 yards and nine touchdowns.

“As good of a QB that he is, they’ll shut you down the first few times, but you have to mix it up,” McWhorter said. “I’m going to put athletic people in spots where they can be more aggressive. You can’t go out there and be in zones and stand in one spot against him. He’s too good of a quarterback for that.”

Senior wide receiver Dusty Brown leads the Yellowjackets in receiving yards with 550 and four TDs, while senior tight end Daniel Pettit isn’t far behind, with 410 yards and 4 TDs. Travis Thomas is Williamsburg’s leading rusher, running for 293 yards and 2 TDs thus far this season.

The good news for the Pirates, who haven’t had a lot of it lately, personnel-wise, is the return of Auto Becker. The running back, who was injured in the Pirates’ first game of the season, will be back in action after getting a brace to stabilize his ACL.

“He said he feels like he normally feels,” McWhorter said. “In the back of his mind, where he’s been told he’s hurt, he’s still doubtful about his capabilities. But he’s cutting both ways and he’s pretty strong. His legs are fresh and he looks overly fast to us.”

Curtis Payne, another running back who has been sidelined, is also working his way back to being 100 percent healthy.

“He’s been getting progressively better since last week,” McWhorter said. “He’ll probably be up to 90 percent or a little more. He looks like he’s doing pretty well. When you add Curtis and Auto to our defense, you’re looking at a substantial improvement against a passing team.”

The Pirates will be without Cameron LaShell and D’Anthony Chambers for at least this game.

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