By GREG MCINTOSH
The Powell County Pirates finished the regular gridiron season by winning their last seven games. That ensured them the district championship, their first ever, and they hosted their first ever home playoff game last Friday night. Powell faced off against the Jackson County Generals before a nice crowd.
Jackson got the ball first and Powell forced them to punt. The Pirates fumbled the ball back on the first play. Jackson ran four plays and turned the ball over to the Pirates. Powell scored quickly on a 14 yard run from Lane Rogers to lead 6-0. Jackson again lost the ball on downs. That gave the Pirates another chance to run the ball.
Powell scored with an Isaac Harrison 27 yard touchdown run. Morten Thomasen added the extra point. Powell led 13-0. Jackson was stopped again by the Powell defense. It was a theme the generals wouldhave to get used to for the evening.
Ryan Carmichael ran for a five yard touchdown and Thomasen kicked the extra point to increase the lead to 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After another failed offensive effort, the Generals punted the ball and Powell scored again. Jon Brooks hit Drew Ginter for a 23 yard touchdown pass. Powell now led 27-0.
Ginter intercepted a General pass on the their next possession and Nathan Skidmore ran for a 12 yard touchdown. The Pirates took a 34-0 lead into halftime.
Powell started the second half with another score. Lineman Zach Skidmore ran for a two yard touchdown on a power play. The clock began to run continuously with a Powell 41-0 lead. Jackson got on the board with a touchdown late. But the Pirates coasted to victory 41-6.
Powell had six different players score a touchdown. Isaac Harrison ran for 160 yards to lead the Pirates. Nate Brooks, Jordan Rice and Evan Toler led Powell in tackles. Powell now stands at 8-3 for the season. The eight wins ties the record for most wins in a season for the program.
The Pirates host Bell County this Friday in the second round of the playoffs. The Bobcats defeated Estill County 41-8. Game time is set at 7:30 p.m. at the Powell County High School.