Pond Creek,Ky — Lawrence Co. hasn’t beaten Belfry in football since 2002 but the 6-1 Bulldogs are having their best season since 2015 and with a win tonight on the road they will capture a District title for the first time since 2009.
The Bulldogs are ranked #4 in the latest Class 3A Associated Press poll and boast the #1 scoring defense in class 3A only giving up 12.7 points per game.
On Offense the Bulldogs are averaging 39.2 points per game which is second in Class 3A behind Bardstown who is scoring 44.9 points per game.
The Dawgs have lost 22 straight contests to the Pirates with the closest game being a 27-23 Belfry victory in the regular season in 2015 in Pond Creek.
Both teams are undefeated at 2-0 in District 8 action and Belfry has won two straight games after starting the season with a brutal schedule and five losses before righting the ship against Magoffin Co. 43-0 and Floyd Central 49-6 before having a bye last week.
The Pirates lost to Pulaski Co. 55-13, Covington Catholic 42-13, had to forfeit to Lexington Christian, Louisville Central 37-6 and Pikeville 29-0.
The Dawgs are led by a trio of stars with over 400 yards rushing with Dylan Ferguson leading the way with 480 and 9 touchdowns, Blue Fletcher 447 and 6 touchdowns, QB Alex Strickland 423 and 5 touchdowns, along with 483 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. Dougie Hall has also chipped in with 9 touchdowns and 269 yards rushing.
Kaden Gillispie is the leading receiver with 3 touchdowns and 239 yards, Nick Collinsworth has 130 yards and a touchdown.
For Belfry Issac Dixon is leading the way with 539 yards and 9 touchdowns, Dre Young 352 yards and 2 touchdowns, Zayne Hatfield 218 yards and 1 touchdown.
#35 Cody Crum and #40 Caden Ball tackling a Boyd Co. runner.
On defense the Dawgs are playing lights out and are being led by a stout unit that includes Caden Ball, Cody Crum, Abner Collinsworth, Alex Strickland who has 1 INT for a touchdown, Dylan Ferguson, Kaden Gillispie who has 2 fumble recoveries and Talon Pollack who has 2 interceptions.