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.