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Hornets limited in district loss to Belfry

SALYERSVILLE — Magoffin County faced a deficit early and couldn’t overcome its slow start as Belfry pulled away to win 51-14 in a Class 3A, District 8 game on Friday, Sept. 23.

The Hornets hosted the Pirates for Senior Night. It was Magoffin County’s final home game in the 2022 high school football season.

Reigning state champion Belfry scored first in the district game and never trailed. The Pirates took control early, outscoring Magoffin County 21-0 in the first quarter.

Belfry led 44-8 at halftime and continued to control the district matchup throughout the second half.

Perennial championship contender Belfry rushed 29 times for 240 yards and five touchdowns. Four different players reached the endzone via the ground for Belfry during the district game.

Caden Woolum led the Pirates to the district win. Woolum rushed seven times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Leading Belfry in rushing and receiving, Woolum hauled in two receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Finishing as Belfry’s second-leading rusher, Ace Caudill rushed six times for 65 yards and one touchdown.

In addition to Caudill, Dre Young and Braxton Hatfield added one rushing touchdown apiece for the Pirates.

Belfry produced offensively on the ground and through the air during the district matchup.

Quarterback Chase Varney paced Belfry through the air, completing four of five passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Belfry recorded three interceptions. Aidan Burke recorded two interceptions for the Pirates while Woolum picked off one pass.

Belfry led 21-0 when Aden Barnett scored for Magoffin County on an eight-yard run at the 7:34 mark of the second quarter.

Capping his touchdown run, Barnett found Ian McCarty on a pass to allow the Hornets to convert the two-point conversion attempt.

But Belfry answered, recording a safety and adding three more touchdowns before halftime.

Barnett connected with Russell Cruz on a 19-yard scoring pass for Magoffin County’s other touchdown with 10:52 remaining in the district game.

Magoffin County is scheduled to visit Floyd Central for another Class 3A, District 8 game on Thursday, Oct. 6.

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