By Greg McIntosh
The Powell County Football Pirates won their first game last week at Lewis County. The Pirates were ready to win their second straight game this past Friday against Estill County. Powell hosted the Engineers for homecoming.
Estill got the ball to start the game. Powell forced Estill to punt. The Pirates ran the ball down the field. Powell scored first on a 37 yard touchdown run from Ryan Vanover. Nathan Skidmore ran in the two point conversion. Powell led 8-0 midway through the first quarter. Estill used the rest of the quarter and scored with no time left with a 5 yard touchdown run. The two point attempt was good and the score was tied at 8-8.
Powell had to punt the ball back to Estill. The Engineers ran the ball for another score. Estill led 15-8. Powell got a long touchdown run that was called back due to a penalty. Estill led at the half 15-8.
Powell got the ball and had to punt. The Pirates punt was fielded on a bounce and Estill ran 77 yards for a touchdown. The two point run was good and Estill led 23-8. Powell passed the ball downfield. Jon Brooks connected with Dionte Strange for a 19 yard touchdown. Estill led 23-14. Estill fumbled and Charlie Spencer recovered the ball for the Pirates.
Powell scored on a 3 yard touchdown run by Nathan Skidmore. Powell trailed 23-20 with 4:21 to go in the third quarter. Estill scored quickly to take a 29-20 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Estill dominated the game after that point. The Engineers scored touchdowns on their next three possessions. Powell could only manage one score, a 38 yard touchdown run from Ryan Vanover. Estill won the game, 48-26.
Powell now stands with a record of 1-4 overall and 0-1 in district play. Nathan Skidmore rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Vanover had 91 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Jon Brooks threw his first touchdown of the season. Dionte Strange scored his first touchdown.
Powell hosts Morgan County on Friday for Senior Night. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Powell County High School.