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#10 Pikeville prepares for #3 Belfry

The #3 Belfry Pirates came out victorious on the road at then ranked Prestonsburg in last week's Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week.

Now, the Pond Creek Nation will take on the 10th Ranked Pikeville Panthers who are also undefeated this season.

In order for the boys at Belfry to get the win and stay perfect, they’ll have to listen to coach Philip Haywood’s thoughts on their performance last Friday.

“Fairly well,” Haywood says. “After looking at the film we missed some assignments along the way but we played pretty hard and came off the ball pretty well. Defensively we've got some work to do. We gave up quite a few big plays. They got out of some third and long situations and hit us for quite a few points. 30 points is a lot of points to give up. We've got some work to do there but we've got some youth on our defense. It's early in the season and our goal is to get a little better each week and I felt like we were better this week than we were the week before and that's what we want to do."

Meanwhile, #10 Pikeville is getting their game plan ready for its showdown with the Pirates.

This rivalry has been one-sided with belfry winning ten straight contests by an average of 25-points.

Panthers coach Chris McNamee and his players do not want to continue this trend and knows it won't be easy against a team that's averaging about 400-yards a game on the ground.

"They do so many different things,” McNamee says. “Whether it's (Trey) Willis running the football, Josh Robinson, the other guys do a great job and the quarterback. I don't know if you can completely stop them. Just try to slow them down and try to get them in to situations they don't want to be in. So that's probably key going in to this week.”


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