PIKE COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) UPDATE 12/9/13
The Belfry Pirates made their fourth straight trip to the class 3A state championship on Friday...and this time they finally came home as state champs.
The celebration held on Monday at Belfry was not just for the team, but for the community known as Pond Creek Nation.
Pond Creek Nation is best described by their leader's motto. "It is not about me, not about you, it's about us," says Head Coach Philip Haywood.
It is a community driven football powerhouse, "It has been that way for years...so our kids always feel like they are playing for a bit more than the team or the school."
Leaving everything they have on the field for their team and the pirate faithful...all to bring that gold football home to Pike County.
Senior Defensive Tackle Hayden Hatfield says, "It feels so good to kind of pay them back because we definitely could not have done it without them...without the awesome support and each other we never would have been anything."
The pirates say coming home empty handed the past three years, makes bringing this trophy home even even sweeter not just for their team but for their community.
Carroll Clinton Reed, has been filming Belfry football for 30 years and says, "Finally got another gold one...we've got 3 silver ones, but this one is the cake."
Beth Walker says,"It means everything in the world it is like the best Christmas present ever."
Senior Quarterback/Cornerback Sani Warren says, "They've gotten wild with us all year and it has been a great ride and I thank them for it."
An accomplishment that did not come easy and a game that will always be bittersweet for the senior class, as they took off that pirate uniform for the final time.
"We hate to walk away but it is awesome to know we walk away on top," says Warren.
Knowing that 'Once a pirate, always a pirate'.
Join WYMT on Thursday evening at 7:00 as we celebrate the Pirate's victory with a 30 minute special.
We will also be airing the Belfry game Thursday afternoon from 4-6.
The new Class 3A football state champion, Belfry Pirates made the long drive back to Pike County from Bowling Green Friday night.
The team defeated Wayne County 3-0 in the championship game.
Coach Philip Haywood says he told his team it would be the best bus ride of their lives, and to enjoy it.
He says the pirates are thrilled to bring the championship trophy home to pond creek, "Super important for our kids, and our school but it Is really important for our community because as you know we are facing tough economic times and for our community this has always been a rallying point."
This win was not one for just the team, it was for the community also, "We've been down there the past 2 or 3 years and came up short so it was especially important we came back with a win for our community and the morale of our community for us to succeed," said Haywood.
A championship celebration is set for 1:30pm Monday, at Belfry High School. _____________________________________________________
Belfry wins third state championship under Head Coach Phillip Haywood.
The Pirates hit a 35 yard field goal in the third quarter to go ahead three nothing against Wayne County.
Then the Belfry defense would hold strong with a late interception to seal the deal.
At the end of the half the game was all tied up at 0.
The Pirates had a chance to go ahead in the first half but what looked to be a touchdown turned into a fumble recovered by Wayne County.
Wayne had a chance to go into the half with a lead however, Belfry held strong as the Cardinals would turn the ball over on downs.