Pikeville and Belfry are the only two teams teams from Pike County preparing for a football game this Friday night.
The Panthers cruised to a 45-12 win over Hazard in the Class A playoffs. Shelby Valley jumped out to an early lead against West Carter, but fell 50-12 to the Comets in the Class 2A playoffs. Belfry knocked off Pike Central 60-0 in the Class 3A playoffs.
Class A playoffs
Pikeville held a 13-7 halftime lead over the Bulldogs.
Hazard came out and drove down the field on its opening possession of the third quarter, but the Panthers held strong and forced a turnover on downs.
That helped Pikeville open up the flood gates as the Panthers went on to score 32 straight points against the Bulldogs.
Sophomore quarterback Isaac McNamee led the way for the Panthers. McNamee was seven for 15 passing for 117 yards and two TDs with an interception.
Senior wide out Jackson Hensley led the way for the receivers with four catches for 71 yards and a TD. Zac Lockhart also added a 38-yard TD catch in the win.
Cody Raines led the way on the ground for the Panthers. Raines rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries. Carson Wright followed with 44 yards and a TD on four carries. Hensley added three carries for 26 yards. Jon Collum had four carries for 13 yards and a TD.
Kicker Tanner Hamilton was perfect on the night. He knocked down a field goal and was six for six on extra-point kicks.
Collum and Kaden Caudill led the Pikeville defense with 13 total tackles each; Collum had two tackles for losses. Connor Wright added 10 total tackles and a sack. Nate Collins and Matt Compton each had 10 total tackles.
The Panthers also had two interceptions. Peyton Boyd-Blair and Seth Pugh each came up with picks for Pikeville.
Pikeville (11-0) is scheduled to host Nicholas County at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
Class 2A playoffs
West Carter 50,
Shelby Valley 12
Shelby Valley didn’t know if Dalton Meade was going to play, but the senior quarterback is tough.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 12-0 lead, but West Carter was too much in the end as the Wildcats fell 50-12.
Shelby Valley’s young running backs stepped up in Meade’s limited role. Jayden Newsome led the way for the Wildcats with 135 yards and a TD on 26 carries. Ethan Bentley followed with 123 yards and a TD on 27 carries.
Meade tore the lisc ligament in his foot against Martin County in the opening round of the playoffs. That is the same injury that sat out Cam Newton this season. Basically all of the bones that connect the heel to the toes were dislocated.
Meade still played through that. In his limited role he rushed for 32 yards on seven carries. He didn’t complete either of his two pass attempts.
Newsome led the defense with 10 total tackles. Brayden Keathley followed with nine total tackles for the Wildcats.
Shelby Valley finished the season with an 9-3 record.
Sports Editor’s Note: Belfry and Pike Central didn’t have stats listed from their game as of press time.