High School and Middle School Boy’s Game
High School and Middle School Boy’s Game
Sports staff writer
They say you can throw away the records once the post season playoffs begin. “They”may say that, but the words of wisdom did not apply in the opening round of the Class 3A Playoffs last Friday night in Stanton. A quick shutdown of the Jackson County Generals hopes led to a Powell County Pirates victory, their seventh in a row.
A low turnout, possibly because of weather concerns, could not dampen or slow down the roll Powell is on. The Pirates cruised to a 47-14 win over the outnumbered and out manned Generals.
The visitors opened the game with an impressive drive deep into Powell territory. But that 12 play drive was thwarted when Dionte Strange intercepted a pass from Generals’ quarterback Isaiah Baker on the Pirates 37 yard line. The home team did not take advantage though as a completed pass to Drew Ginter was wrestled away from him for an interception. The Generals were stopped again and it appeared that the Pirates were settling into a rhythm.
Powell hit pay dirt first on their second possession. After having a 50 yard punt return for a score called back due to a penalty, the Pirates went to their ground game and Nate Skidmore. Four plays later Powell capped of a 45 yard drive, all of the yards collected by Skidmore, including a one yard TD untouched. The extra point made it 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff the Generals Andy Bryant dropped the ball and Powell’s Austin Trent recovered on the Generals 34 yard line. On the very next play quarterback John Brooks connected with Strange for a 34 yard touchdown. Bryan Baker’s extra point made it a 14-0 game.
The rout was on.
Jackson’s offense sputtered as Powell’s defense picked up their game even more. Before the first quarter ended the Pirates added another score. Following a huge 31 yard run by Steele Howard, Brooks connected with Trent on a 24 yard scoring strike. The extra point was wide left, but the Pirates led 20-0.
Powell stopped the Generals offense, while opening there sails for a full assault. The Pirates scored on their next three possessions. The first came on a 15 yard run by Skidmore. The second score showed off some Pirate offense. Howard picked up another strong 25 yard run up the middle. Ginter caught a 19 yard pass downfield from Brooks and Skidmore capped it off with a 19 yard run to the one yard line, then going into the end zone untouched on the next play.
The third straight scoring drive was a sight to behold as well. Skidmore broke loose for a 31 yard run down the near sideline. But was called for a penalty when he hurdled a Generals defender. The penalty did not dampen Powell offense’s mood. On the very next play Brooks hit a streaking Strange down the same sideline for a 51 yard touchdown. Add in some extra points and Powell led 41-0 with 3:30 to play in the first half.
Due to the mercy rule of a running clock after a team gets up by 36 points or more, the Pirates used some substitutes to close out the first half. Jackson County was able to move the ball and finally got on the scoreboard. Baker hit Tommy Thompson behind he Powell defense for a 31 yard TD pass. The extra point was blocked and the halftime score stood at 41-6.
The second half started with the running clock and several Powell starters on the bench as the JV team took over. Both sides continued to play hard, one side for experience the other more so for pride.
The Pirates scored on their second possession of the half as backup quarterback Blake Hall hit Tyler Charles for a 16 yard touchdown. The extra point was short, but Powell extended their lead to 47-6.
The Generals opened the fourth quarter with the ball and put together a lengthy drive. Beginning on Powell’s 40 yard line, the visitors drove downfield. They capped off the drive and their evening on a four yard run by Shawn Browning. Baker added a two pint conversion to round out the scoring. Powell took the win, 47-14.
Powell, now 7-4, was led on the ground by Skidmore with 146 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns, all in the first half. Howard rushed twice for 56 yards, Justice Harmon had 31 yards on five carries, Braxton Ledford picked up 18 yards on three carries and Preston Wasson ran once for 13 yards.
Brooks was on fire again. The senior was 9-for-13 in the air for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Blake Hall came in and went 2-for-3 for 64 yards and a TD.
The receiving corps was led by Strange with three receptions for 93 yards and two TD’s. Ginter grabbed three passes for 49 yards and Jason Mullins caught one pass for 48 yards. Trent caught two tosses for 34 yards and scored, while Tyler Charles grabbed one pass for a 16 yard score.
On defense 16 Pirates picked up tackles with Brandon Pelfrey leading the way with six unassisted tackles. Devon Ditto had four unassisted and Charley Spencer had one unassisted to go with three assists. The team team had 37 tackles with only three being assists.
The win means Powell will host District 8 second seeded Casey County in the second round this Friday night. The Rebels beat Morgan County last week, 51-0 and enter the matchup with a 10-1 record. Their only loss has been to district rival Corbin.
“They have a good quarterback, good running back, good receiver. They have two big, quick defensive backs,” Pirate Coach Brandon Brewer pointed out when asked about Casey County. “They are a solid team, a good team.”
Corbin will host one of their district rivals, Bell County, this week. The Redhounds beat Knott Central 57-6, while Bell beat Breathitt 48-8 in the first round.
The Pirates and Rebels will face off this Friday evening at the PCHS Athletic Complex. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
McKayla Rucker, Olivia Everman, Jada Crowe, Kaylee Miller, Carlie Salchli and Bree Bush
September was an exciting month for the Powell County High School Lady Pirates Golf Team. No one gave them much of a chance to advance beyond regional competition.
However with a renewed spirit of hard work and dedication, they began to improve and gain confidence. After wins over Madison Southern, Berea, Estill a good performance at the GRC Invitational and a second-place finish at the Eagle Trace Tournament things turned around. More purposeful practices and individual hard work produced results for the Lady Pirates.
It should also be noted that Jada Crowe qualified for State as an individual for the third straight year in a row and fifth year as top-eight.
“It’s a great honor to get to play in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Golf Championships, however, it is even a greater honor to qualify as a team,” Crowe said.
Powell County’s first girls team to qualify for State was in 2011 after the Lady Pirates finished as Regional Runner-up. That team consisted of Shaylan Mays, Emily Nolan, Katelyn Rogers, Chaney Crowe, Kaylee Tipton and Jada Crowe.
Congratulations also to McKayla Rucker and Jada Crowe for being named to the All-Region Team.
The Lady Pirates want to thank all those who have supported our efforts this year. We had great support for our Scholarship Tournament, the PCHS Boys and PCHS Girls Invitationals. A very special thanks to our parents, grandparents, and Beechfork Golf Club.
The Lady Pirates entered district play on October 16 as the number 1 seed winning their first round match with Owsley County in straight sets 25-17, 25-19, and 25-14.
The Lady Owls tell the early lead in the first set at 6-4, but Powell County came back with a five point run with Elizabeth Scott serving to go up by a score of 10-7. Owsley got within one point at 12-11 and tied the game up at 13-13 but another five point run by the Lady Pirates, this time with Brady Campbell serving, put Powell ahead for good at 18-13. The Lady Owls would got back within four points at 19-15 but three scored with Scott serving and another 3 scores with Hannah Jones serving finished the set.
The second set saw PC jump out to an early lead at 9-2 again with Campbell putting the ball into play. The lead stayed pretty much the same the rest of the way and Powell took the set.
The third set had Owsley up early by score 3-1 but Powell took the lead at 6-4 and scored four straight points to break a 8-8 tie with Sierra Dawson serving to take a lead of 12-9. Another run, this seven points with Erika Howard serving put PC up 19-10 and the Lady Pirates won the match to earn a berth in the regional tournament.
The District Championship match was a very hard-fought win in five sets for Lee County 18-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, and 11-15. Both teams were going all-out for the title with Lee winning sets 1,3, and 5 and Powell winning sets 2 and 4.
Both teams will advance to 14th regional play at Wolfe County with Powell taking on Hazard in Monday’s second match at 7:30 p.m., and Lee County vs. Leslie County in the second match on Tuesday. Semifinal play will begin Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. and the Championship Game will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Times sports staff
For some people Friday the 13th is considered to be a bad luck day. The Breathitt County Bobcats had to believe that after their game against the Powell County Pirates last Friday night. despite drawing first blood on their first play of the game, the Bobcats got the honor of running into the Punishing Pirates in Stanton.
Powell, once again used their defense to shut down their opponent. Meanwhile the offense rolled to a 44-20 victory in a battle for first place in the district. But do not let the score fool you, the game was never close.
It was Powell’s second victory over Breathitt in the history of the program.
Breathitt took the opening kickoff and struck quickly. Bobcat quarterback Cameron Stacy unleashed a 70 yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. But the extra point attempt failed. The 6-0 lead was short lived.
The Pirates marched down the field when they got their first chance. Once again Austin Trent and Nate Skidmore led the running game as Powell went 50 yards on 11 plays. But it was Devon Ditto who scored on a one yard run. Skidmore then scored on the two point try to make it 8-0.
Powell would never lose that lead or even have a close game from that point.
Breathitt using a fair share of ground and air attacks steadily moved the ball down field on heir next possession. But facing a first down on the Pirate 15 yard line Stacy dropped back for a pass, which was intercepted by Ditto. Ditto returned the ball to the 32 yard line as Powell regained the ball.
On the very next play Skidmore broke loose for a 51 yard run deep into Bobcat’s territory. A face mask call on the play moved the ball to the Breathitt eight yard line. Trent then scampered eight yards on the next play for the touchdown. Skidmore scored untouched on the two point try. Powell led 16-6.
Powell forced the visitors into turning the ball over on downs on their next possession. Taking over on the 20 yard line the Pirates began another scoring drive. Quarterback John Brooks hit Dionte Strange for a 32 yard pickup into Bobcat territory. On the next play Skidmore sliced through the Bobats defense with ease for a 47 yard TD. Ditto added the two point score and Powell led 24-6 with 11:26 to play in the first half.
After another short lived possession by the Bobcats and a Pirate getting a hand on the punt, the home team took over on Breathitt’s 41 yard line. Four plays later Brooks hit Trent on a 37 yard TD strike. Bryan Baker added the extra point to make it a 31-6 score.
The rout was on.
Breathitt took the ball deep into the Pirates territory again. Stacy began to hit his favorite receiver, Brandlyn Slaughter. As the Bobcats got to the Pirates 11 yard line, the Big Red Defense made a stand. Once again Powell got the ball back on downs as the visitors could not convert on a fourth and 11.
The Pirates offense was on a roll and their sails wide open. Powell scored on their next possession capping off an eight play, 89 yard drive as Brooks threw a nine yard touch down pass to Strange. Baker hit the extra point to make it 38-6.
After Breathitt went four and out, the Pirates ended the first half with another score. Skidmore set up the score after picking up 37 and eight yards on two consecutive runs. Brooks then threw an 18 yard TD trike to Trent. The extra point failed, but the Pirates went into the locker room at the half leading 44-6.
The Pirates scored on every possession they had in the first half.
The second half was played with a running clock and a lot of Pirates substitutes. Breathitt did manage to put some points on the board against the young Pirates. In the third quarter Stacy connected with Braxton O’Hara for a six yard score, the two point try was stopped by the Pirates defense.
In the final quarter Breathitt, still using several starters, scored again as Stacy hit Trey Noble for a five yard touch down. The two point conversion made it a 44-20 game.
Powell ran out the clock, putting the starters back in to take a knee on the final play of Senior Night, as the Pirates beat Breathitt 44-20. The win puts the Pirates in the driver’s seat for the district championship.
Breathitt fell to 3-6 overall, 3-1 in district play.
Powell was led Trent who ran nine times, picked up 69 yards with a touchdown and caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Skidmore was the gridiron warrior as he rushed 12 times for 214 yards and a touchdown.
Ditto, who is becoming quite the force on both sides of the ball, carried the rock four times for 34 yards and a touchdown. JV Pirate Jacob Gordon ran the ball three times in the second half and picked up 32 yards.
Brooks was also impressive as he appears to becoming more confident with his passing game. Brooks was 6-for-11 in the air for 139 yards and three touchdowns.
Powell improved to 4-4 with their fourth straight victory. They are now 4-0 in the district and play their final district game this Friday at Morgan County. The Cougars are coming off a 44-34 win over Knott Central last week. They are 4-4 overall and 3-1 in the district.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in West Liberty.
With the last week of the regular season coming on, the Lady Pirates reached the 20-win mark with two wins over Buckhorn and a win at Perry Co. Central. The Lady Pirates fell short in their bid to avenge an early season loss to Wolfe Co.
On Monday, the Buckhorn Wildcats came to town for two varsity matches. Buckhorn cancelled a match earlier and decided to make it up on the same night they were scheduled to come to Stanton. Powell won the first with identical scores in both sets, 25-8 and 25-8. Haleigh Bauer seved in the 3rd rotation and led the way to a 7-2 advantage with a 4 point run. Elizabeth Scott did the same as the next server and it was 11-3. Then it was a 9 point run with Hannah Jones serving to put the game out of reach at 20-4. PC scored 5 of the next 9 points to take the win. The second set went much the same way as Powell went up 6-0, Erika Howard serving and built that lead to 21-8 by the end of the first rotation. The second match saw the Lady Pirates in high gear as they jumped out to a 15-3 lead with 12 straight points as Brady Campbell put the ball in play. The scores were identical in this match also, with Powell winning 25-9 and 25-9.
It was on the road Tuesday as Powell travelled to Perry Co. Central. The Lady Commodores were ready to play at the start of the first set and lead by one up to the halfway mark at 10-9. An 8 point run with Howard serving put Powell up for good at 17-10 and they went on to win 25-13. The second set was all Powell as the Lady Pirates had an early lead of 13-4 after scoring 7 straight with Bauer serving and won going away as they scored 12 straight, Scott serving. The third and final set was a 25-8 win for Powell.
Thursday’s match was at home with Wolfe Co. and the Lady Wolves headed back to Campton with a win over Powell for the second time this season. Too many missed blocks of Trompler’s hits, ball handling and service errors by PC gave Wolfe Co. a 25-16, 17-25, 25-13, 25-8 win.
Tuesday: Frankfort at home, SENIOR NIGHT FOR THE LADY PIRATES
Thursday: at Owsley Co. for last game of regular season.
DISTRICT: Lady Pirates won the regular season championship and go in as the number 1 seed.
56th District at Lee Co. October 16 and October 17.
Monday the 16th, Powell vs Owsley at 6:00
Lee vs. Estill at 7:30
Tuesday the 17th: Championship game at 6
PCHS quarterback John Brooks (4) awaits the snap during the Piratess 71-44 victory on homecoming
Times sports staff
The Pirates hosted the Knott County Central Patriots last Friday night in a district football matchup that looked more like an offensive shootout. In fact Powell scored on all 10 of their possessions and the score was Powell’s largest putout in a couple years. A second half dominate performance by Powell County helped the Pirates to pick up the 71-44 victory.
The Pirates opened the scoring bonanza on the first play of the game. Starting on their own 39 yard line, quarterback John Brooks got the ball to running back Nate Skidmore. Expecting a run, the Patriots defense converged on Skidmore, who then threw a strike to Dionte Strange for a 61 yard touchdown. The extra point by kicker Bryan Baker was good and 17 seconds into the game Powell led, 7-0.
The Patriots returned the favor as junior quarterback, Cameron Jones, led his team down field. Jones capped off an 11 play, 53 yard possession as he scored on a yard plunge. The extra point tied the game, 7-7.
The Pirates took their next possession quickly downfield. Eight plays later the Pirates recaptured the lead when Brooks hit Austin Trent with a 40 yard touchdown pass. The kick made it 14-7. Knott scored on the very next possession on seven plays. Jones threw an effortless 43 yard strike to Tyler Kidd for the score. The extra point made it 14-14.
As the first quarter came to an end, and on their very next possession the Pirates wasted no time to light up the scoreboard again. Trent broke loose on the second play from scrimmage for a 47 yard jaunt into the end zone. The kick made it 21-14.
Knott had the ball when the second frame opened up. Once again they moved the ball down the field well. Jones connected again with Kidd, this time on a 14 yard scoring pass. But this time the Patriots went for two points and Ty Hollon scored to give the visitors their first lead of the night, 22-21.
The Patriots then executed an onside kick and got the ball back. Five plays later the same scoring combination of Jones to Kidd struck again. This time it was a five yard scoring pass. The two point try failed, but the Patriots extended their lead to 28-21 with 6:53 to play in the first half.
That would be the last score the visitors would have for a while. After the scoring drive Powell got the ball back and struck again. Trent scored on a six yard run, his third touchdown of the half, capping off a four play, 62 yard drive. The extra point tied the game, 28-28.
The Pirates then gave the Patriots a taste of their own medicine. Powell executed an onside kick and Trent recovered the ball. Brooks pitched the ball to Devon Ditto on the first play, who then took off on a 40 yard run before being stopped at the Knott six yard line. On the next play, following an offside penalty on Knott, Pretson Wasson scored on a three yard run. Skidmore added a two point conversion. In two short minutes the Pirates took back the lead and extended it to 36-28.
Powell tried another onside kick, but the Patriots caught this one. The visitors began another drive deep into Pirates territory. The coaches expressed the fact that a defensive stop was needed to slow down the one-upmanship.
The Pirates defensive provided that stop.
Facing a second down and 10 yards to go on Powell’s 27, Jones dropped back for another pass. This time the Pirates Drew Ginter came up with a big interception, killing the Patriots momentum.
The Pirates took advantage of the stop. Starting on their own 12 yard line with 2:53 to play in the half Powell’s offense moved the ball to the 34. On third and long, Skidmore showed of his running skills. Skidmore started running around the right side of the line, broke back across the field to the opposite sideline. Fighting off early tackle attempts and turning on the afterburners, 71 yards later Skidmore rumbled into the end zone. The extra point made it a 43-28 game as the halftime horn sounded.
As the third quarter began Powell pulled As the third quarter began Powell pulled off another onside kick and recovery. The move paid off again. Brooks scored five plays later on a two yard run. The extra point made it 50-28.
Knott finally go things going again as they took the ensuing kickoff 89 yards in nine plays. Jones connected with Hollon for a 26 yard touchdown strike. Jones then hit Mason Spencer for the two point conversion to make it 50-36.
Powell kept the onslaught going. On their very next possession The Pirates marched downfield and scored again. The time Brooks called his own number on a four yard keeper. Once again the extra point was good and the scoreboard showed a 57-36 score.
In the final quarter the Pirates stopped the Patriots again, this time on their next possession. The Pirates defense held and forced the visitors to turn the ball over on downs. Powell began using more offensive combinations and they moved the ball as well. Ditto scored on a 10 yard run, but the extra point missed. Powell was well on their way, leading 63-36.
Knott did manage to score again. With 7:05 to play in the game, the Patriots began another drive. Hollon scored on a six yard touchdown run. Jones hit Sam Hoffman for the two pointer to make it 63-44.
Powell got the ball back with 4:26 to play and began to use the clock to their advantage. Using the ground game to grind out yards and time, Powell added one more score as Skidmore ran the ball into the end zone from five yards out. The extra point snap was low and Baker picked up the ball. The kicker had to use his legs this time to run the ball in for a two point conversion. That ended the scoring, as Powell won, 71-44.
The 71 points that Powell racked up was the most they have scored since defeating Magoffin County 75-21 on Oct. 23, 2015. It is also the second highest total Powell has scored since KHSAA records were posted from the 1998 season until the present.
Powell was led by Skidmore who grounded out 217 yards on 15 carries, scoring two touchdowns. Trent had 93 yards on the ground on 13 rushes and three scores, while Ditto picked up 58 yards on just eight carries and a touchdown. Ditto also led the defense with 10 tackles, seven were solo tackles.
Brooks was 4-for-5 in the air for 109 yards and a touchdown, while running the ball four times for 13 yards. He passed for a TD and scored two on the ground. Wasson had 11 rushing yards and a touchdown as well.
Powell (2-4 overall, 2-0 in the district) will travel to Estill County this Friday for not only a district game, but a rivalry game as well. Estill comes into the game 1-5 (0-2 in district play) after falling to Breathitt last week, 36-22. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Powell Volleyball at UK-LSU game
The Lady Pirates Volleyball team had another busy week with 3 matches, all against regional rivals.
On Monday, the Lady Pirates were on the road at Jackson City and came away with a 3-set victory, 25-21, 25-22, and 25-18. The Lady Tigers had first serve in the first set, but a side-out and 4 points scored with Erika Howard serving gave the Powell an early 5-0 lead. That lead held until the 6th rotation when PC went on a 5 point run to go ahead 18-8. Jackson City wasn’t through, coming back with a 5 point run of their own to make it 18-13. The two battled on nearly even terms the rest of the way, with PC winning by 4.
The second set was another close one, with Powell leading 11-6 but seeing Jackson City pull ahead in the 5th rotation, scoring 8 straight to go up 14-11. PC came back with 4 to go back ahead at 15-14, and neither team could get more than 2 or 3 points in a row, and PC won 25-22.
The third set was another nail-biter, with the teams trading the lead until Powell took the lead for good at
18-16. JC scored one, but the Lady Pirates scored 3 straight with Hannah Jones serving, followed by a Jackson City point, and then Molly Cornett’s serving 4 finished the match with a win for Powell.
Tuesday was a home match for Powell as they hosted Breathitt Co. This one was all Powell as they took the lead at 8-0 and were up 16-2 by the end of the third service. The second set also was one-sided as the Lady Pirates took it 25-6. The third set was closer as Powell never built a lead of more than 6 throughout, but managed the win
After a somewhat disappointing 2-2 showing in the Berea Invitational Tournament, the Lady Pirates have won 4 matches in a row. That win streak includes big district wins over Estill Co. and Lee Co., as well as wins over Morgan Co. and Frankfort. The Lady Pirates now have sole possession of first place in the district race at 2-0, while Lee is second at 1-1 followed by Estill at 1-2 and Owsley Co at 0-1. They also have more wins than any other team in the region at 10-3. The latest KVCA poll has Powell tied with Leslie for the #4 spot in the 14th behind Letcher (6-2), Wolfe Co. (7-4), and Hazard (5-2).
The first match after the BIT was at home with Morgan Co. The Lady Pirates won in straight sets, 26-24, 25-12, and 25-13.The Lady Cougars held a 23-22 lead in that first set, but Powell’s defense held with sophomore Sierra Dawson serving to to up 24-23, Morgan managed to tie at 24-24 but two straight scoring serves by Erika Howard gave the Lady Pirates the win. The second set saw Powell pull out to an early 12-6 lead, stretch that to 20-11, and then run off 5 straight for the win. The final set saw PC again with as big lead at 20-9 and go on for the win.
The following night saw the Lady Engineers come to town with a win in mind. The first set was a marathon, record-setting 38-36 affair. Both teams had numerous chances to win but couldn’t capitalize and Estill got the win. The Lady Pirates lost that battle but won the war, taking set 2 25-8 and the third set 25-18. Estill wasn’t through, and came back to win the 4th set 25-10. The 5th and final set was all Powell Co. as the Lady Pirates won 15-4.
On Thursday night, another district opponent, undefeated Lee Co. came to Stanton. The Lady Cats were at 5-0, but the Lady Pirates handed them their first loss of the season in 3 sets, 25-10, 27-25, and 25-22.
Tuesday was another road trip, this time to Wilkinson Gym to play the Frankfort Panthers. The Lady Pirates took this one 25-7, 25-12, and 25-9.
Next Week: Monday, at Morgan Co.
Tuesday, home, Perry Co. Central
Thursday, home, Bath Co.
Saturday, Bourbon Bash, playing Bourbon Co., Russell Co., TBA and TBA
“A lot of distractions Fair.
Bash, playing Bourbon Co., Russell Co., TBA and TBA
“A lot of distractions this week and next, with Miss Powell Co. and the Powell Co. Fair. Our biggest job right now is to stay focused and build on what we’ve accomplished so far. Up to now, the girls have handled it well and kept their mind on volleyball. We’d like to thank the Middle School and Stanton Christian Church for letting us get in a couple of practices while our own gym is in use for the pageant.”