Powell captures sixth district title in eight years
By James Cook, Times Editor
They say the first time you win a championship, it is the sweetest. If that is the case, then the Lady Pirates volleyball team has a sweet tooth. Powell captured their fourth straight district title, their sixth in eight years, as they beat Owsley County 25-19 and 25-14 last Thursday at Estill County.
In the first set the Lady Pirates led by a few most of the way, and had a set-point at 24-15 but let Owsley run off four straight points before scoring the set-winner.
In the second set the match was close until the midway point. That is when Powell scored five straight points with Angela Hall serving to go up 19-13. Owsley could get no closer, and Powell wrapped up the title as they scored three straight points with Kelly Gibson serving to win the match.
“I’m proud of these girls and what they’ve accomplished. The district title means a lot to them; they’ve heard from the start that they won’t win much this year, after losing 10 players to graduation,” Powell Coach Ken Jones said. “They’ve worked extra hard to prove all the negative comments wrong, and now they’ve done it, with a 17-8 record and the title. I couldn’t be happier for them. It’s a very close group and teamwork is what got them the championship. Even though we’ve got only two seniors on this year’s squad, we’ve got a legitimate shot at the regional title and a trip to NKU for state.”
Powell got to the title game after beating Lee County 25-11 and 25-18 last Tuesday night.
The first set saw the Lady Cats only lead at 1-0. From there on the first server for the Lady Pirates, Melanie Pasley, put in six straight serves for scores. Powell was up 16-6 at end of first rotation and cruised to the win.
Lee went up 9-6 in the second set before the Lady Pirates rallied for six straight points with Kelly Gibson serving to take a 13-9 lead. Lee got back to within three at 19-16, but Powell’s Angela Hall put in two scoring serves after a missed Lady Cats serve to go up 22-16, and the Lady Pirates went on for the win.
By James Cook, Times Editor
Their hold on the district’s top spot did not last long, but they still have a chance to host a playoff game. The Powell County Pirates traveled to Jackson last Friday night to play the team they were tied with at the top, the Breathitt County Bobcats.
The Bobcats have had a sluggish start, but with a healthy Channing Fugate back in action, it became a no contest early. Channing rushed for three touchdowns in the first quarter, another in the second and caught a pass for a TD to help lead Breathitt to a 63-26 victory. The win gives the Bobcats the top seed in the district.
Fugate’s scoring runs and reception totaled up to 143 yards in the first half. He only needed about 60 to reach the 6,000 yard mark in his high school career. His efforts and a strong showing by the Bobcats helped them to hold a 42-6 halftime lead. Powell’s only first half score came on a one yard run by quarterback Elliott Hale.
The second half was a little bit closer as Breathitt could rest some starters. Powell did manage to score in third quarter when Derek Taulbee scored on a 40 yard run. In the fourth, Austin “Possum” Watkins hit pay dirt on a 27 yard run and D.J. Jones scored on an eight yard scamper. But that was the offense Powell could muster up on a cold, soggy night.
Breathitt ran a total of 50 plays, picking up 244 yards on the ground off 27 rushes and their air attack was 17-for-23 for 251 yards. Three of those completions were for touchdowns. The Bobcats picked up a total of 495 offensive yards.
Powell rushed 45 times for 251 yards; the passing game was 1-for-5 for 19 yards. That gave the Pirates a total of 270 offensive yards. Powell was led by Taulbee who picked up 118 yards on 13 carries. Watkins ran seven times for 67 yards and Daylan Charles carried the ball eight times for 19 yards. Tim Hardy had seven rushes for 11 yards, Keenan Tiller ran three times for 19 yards and D.J. Jones had two carries for 10 yards.
Breathitt’s easy varsity win gave them full control of the district standings. Powell will have to knock off Estill County to keep the number two slot and have a chance for a home game in the playoffs. That game will be played in Stanton on Friday as part of the Senior Night festivities set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
In other Powell County football action last weekend, the Pirates grade school teams took three of four from Nicholas County. The Pirates Red Team won 26-0. The fifth/sixth grade teams played split squad games. In the first game Powell won 22-7 and 6-0 in overtime. The Pirates Black Team lost a heartbreaker, 6-0.
By Kevin Lawson, Special to the Times
The Powell County Pirates Boys Golf Season came to a close with the Pirates participating in the state tournament for the second time in school history. The Pirates qualified for the state tournament by finishing second in the regional tournament held at Paintsville Country Club. Powell County finished second out of 17 teams, the tournament was won by Hazard.
Leading the way for the Pirates in the regional was sophomore Jimmy Combs with a score of 78, junior Devean Teasley was next with a score of 84, followed by senior Myles Ashley with a score of 86, sophomore Corey Kirkpatrick had a score of 86, and junior Morgan Reed had a score of 88. According to Coach Lawson the conditions were “very cold and tough, it was without a doubt the worst weather we played in all year, our boys responded well and reached our goal of qualifying for the state tournament”.
The state tournament was played at Bowling Green Country Club. Only 24 teams from the state qualify for the season ending tournament. In order to qualify as a team you must win or finish second in your regional tournament. The Pirates ended up finishing 19 in the state tournament with Morgan Reed leading the way with a score of 82. Reed missed the individual cut by one shot.
“We would like to thank the entire community for their support throughout the season,” Coach Lawson said. “And I would like to send a special thanks to the golf team parents for all of their support throughout the year. Also a special thanks to Beechfork Golf Club, Greg Teasley and Darrell Billings for their support of the golf team.”
The red-hot Powell County Flames youth soccer team went to Menifee County a couple of weeks ago and beat Botts Elementary 7-1. The Powell County Youth Soccer League had a spring and fall season this year, the first ever two season year for the sport and judging on the number of kids who came out to play, it was a good year.
By: James Cook, Times Editor
It is the way you want to end a regular season. A big win at home on Senior Night over Montgomery County. The Lady Pirates varsity volleyball team won easily in two sets, 25-14 and 25-14.
It was fitting the way the first set got started. Senior Kelcy Short made the most of her big night as she put Powell up 7-1 with four straight scoring serves in the first rotation. The Lady Pirates scored five more in a row on Short’s serves in the second rotation to take a 22-11 lead.
The two teams traded points to the end, but Powell took home the easy 25-14 win.
In the second set the Lady Indians had their only lead of the night at 1-0. The Lady Pirates Melanie Pasley, a sophomore, put in two straight scoring serves for a 3-1 lead. The home team went up 7-2 again with Short serving. Teammate Kelly Gibson put three scores in to give Powell a 14-7 lead. Powell extended the lead on Short’s second service. She gave Powell a 21-12 advantage, then Jacey Rice made it 24-13, and the defense held for the win.
In the JV game Powell also won 21-12 and 21-9.
In the first set Montgomery took the early lead, but Powell came back to tie the game at 8-8. The Lady Pirates went ahead for good at 14-9, scoring three in a row with Holly Slemp serving and then scored six unanswered points on Charlene Helton’s serves to take the win.
The second set’s outcome was never in doubt as Powell scored 11 in a row with Tabitha Martin serving to go up 16-2, and coasted on to the win. The JV finished season with 12-3 overall record, 5-1 in the district and 9-1 in the region.
“A win over Montgomery is a great way to end regular season play. I was a little worried about not getting to practice for almost a week before this match, but we came in Friday morning and had a good workout to get ready for the Lady Indians, and the girls came through,” Powell coach Ken Jones said after the game. “I hope the momentum we’ve build up over the last couple of weeks carries on through tournament play.”
The Lady Pirates now move into 52nd District Tournament play at Estill County this week. Powell, the number one seed, played Lee County on Tuesday night. The score was not available at press time. Estill played Owsley County following that game. The district finals will be played at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday).
The Lady Pirates are going for their fourth straight district title. The 14th Regional Tournament will be played next week, also at Estill County.
By: James Cook, Times Editor
The game was exciting. Both teams moved the ball well, there was some fine passes and it became a shootout with each team trading scores. The defenses were almost non-existing. No it was not an NBA game, but the Powell-Magoffin high school football game last Saturday night. Powell took a lead, lost it and then kicked a game winning point after in overtime to win 49-48.
The win stopped a five game skid for the Pirates.
The first quarter was uneventful, but that changed in the second frame. Powell struck first when Tim Hardy scored on a 19 yard run untouched, then hit pay dirt again on their next possession when Hardy broke two tackles to rumble 58 yards for another score. Powell held a 12-0 lead. Magoffin County hit back quickly. Hornets quarterback Dylan Keeton connected on a 44 yard TD strike to a wide open Justin Poe who got behind the Pirates defense. Keeton then hit Jostan Helton on the two point try to make it 12-8.
Powell fumbled on their next play. The Hornets took advantage and scored on a 32 yard TD pass from Keeton to Poe. Then Keeton found Casey Adams for the two point conversion and the Hornets took a 16-12 lead. Powell hit back the same way, quickly. This time Powell marched 65 yards and capped it off with an eight yard run by Hardy. The two point try failed and the Pirates held an 18-16 half time lead.
The second half saw the shootout heat up. Magoffin scored on a pass from Keeton to Caleb Hall. But Powell answered with another big run by Hardy. The senior running back broke loose through the middle for a 50 yard scoring run and then caught a pass from Elliot Hale to make it 26-22.
The Hornets marched back down field and scored on a 13 yard pass from Keeton to Adams. The Pirates answered again when Daylan Charles scored on a 13 yard run. Derek Taulbee added the two point conversion and the Pirates held a 34-28 lead as the third quarter came to an end.
Powell extended their lead when they marched back down field as the defenses for either team had not played a substantial role in the game as the fourth quarter began. Hale scored on a one yard run and Taulbee scored on the two point try to give Powell a seemingly commanding 42-28 lead. But looks can be deceiving when defenses are struggling.
Just like Magoffin, who could not seem to stop Powell’s wish bone offense, the Pirates had trouble stopping the Hornets passing game. The Hornets added two quick scores, a 27 yard pass from Keeton to Helton to make it 42-36. The second score came with 7:30 to play when Helton scored on a five yard run. But the two point conversion failed and the score was tied 42-42.
Neither side could muster much offense after that as the defenses finally looked sharper and the offenses looked a little tired. The score remained tied at the end of regulation. The coin toss gave Magoffin the ball first in overtime.
Keeton called his own number and scored on a five yard run. But Powell’s defense held fast and stopped him as he tried to add the two point conversion. The Pirates now had their chance and a weapon in their arsenal Magoffin apparently did not, a place kicker.
Facing a fourth and goal, Taulbee bulldogged his way into the end zone to tie the game. Pirates place kicker Shane Karpensky, who had an extra point blocked in the second quarter, came on in a pressure situation. But the pressure and the smallest, yet loudest Pirates crowd in recent years did not seem to bother Karpensky as he nailed the extra point. The team rushed the field as the crowd erupted, the Pirates had held on to win 49-48.
“It sure wasn’t pretty,” Pirates coach Tony Burchett said after the game. “With the week we had, we decided this week to stick to the game plan and do what our shirts say, run the belly. If this don’t make you believe in the wishbone I don’t know what will. We are now tied for first in the district.” The win makes Powell 1-0 in district play along with Breathitt County, the Pirates next opponent.
The Pirates were not able to hold an official practice during the week due to the schools and all activities including practices being cancelled due to a flu outbreak. But with the exception of the defense being a little slow to heat up, the offense looked good.
“When things went sour, they never quit,” Burchett said. “I really appreciated that.
Magoffin’s offense was an air show as they connected on 17-of-35 passes for 387 yards and six touchdowns. The Hornets ran seven times for 85 yards and a touchdown. That gave the visitors a total of 62 offensive plays for a total of 472 yards, an average of 7.6 yards per play.
Powell ran up the belly, rushing 57 times for 433 yards and seven touchdowns. The Pirates passing game was short as Hale went 3-for-6 for 67 yards. That gave the Pirates 63 offensive plays for 500 yards, an average of 7.9 points per play.
Hardy led the way as he ran 21 times for 212 yards and four TD’s. Charles rushed 15 times for 132 yards and a TD, while Taulbee carried the ball 17 times for 77 yards and a score. Justin Cox ran one time for 15 yards. Powell’s rushing game scored seven touchdowns. Bobby Ward caught two passes for 39 yards and Austin Johnson hauled in one reception for 28 yards.
It was the third overtime win for a Powell County team last Saturday. Earlier in the day the Pirates Black squad of third/fourth graders beat Estill County 22-20 on overtime and the fifth/sixth grade team beat Estill 6-0 in an extra period. The Pirates Red squad of third/fourth graders fell to Estill, 28-0.
The high school Pirates improve their record to 2-5 and will travel to a struggling Breathitt County this Friday. Despite a not so stellar season, the Bobcats are still the team to beat in the district. Breathitt topped Estill 35-6 last Friday in a district match up. Powell will return home on Oct. 23 to host the Engineers on the Pirates Senior Night. Game time for both games are 7:30 p.m.