BELFRY, Ky (WYMT) - For Belfry, the fourth time is the charm. The Pirates with state championship appearances in 2010, 2011, and 2012 before finally ending the season on top in 2013.
Senior Lineman Drew Mullins remembered that night in December, "Oh it was definitely, it was amazing because you know because we finally got what we worked so hard for. We worked hard in the previous years too, but to actually achieve the goal get there, it was just an amazing feeling."
Senior Fullback Austin Hatfield agreed, "We just knew what was on the line and what we were playing for, we only had one game left and we gave it our all."
Belfry's success has helped develop their hard-nosed reputation known statewide. Looking to this season, while the Pirates lost their starting quarterback, top two rushers and top tackler on defense, they are still hungry to build on their success.
"It's going to be really hard to fill that void," said Hatfield, "and it's going to take more than me and the core will just have to work together, soon enough we will bond."
Head Coach Philip Haywood talked about the upcoming season, "We got a lot of young kids coming up, we've got some adjustments that we think we might try, that may or may not work, we don't know. We've got three or four guys working at quarterback and we'll see how it shakes out. We think we've got some pretty talented kids that will be able to step in and do some things."
While they may be young, Belfry always finds a way to right the ship come district play off time.
"I think that every year our strength is that we're a hard working," said Mullins, "we work as hard as we can, we've got a great coaching staff, we're all taught good morals and work ethic."
"I like playing for Coach Haywood because he likes for us to come together as a family, treat each other like brothers." Said Senior Quarterback Keaton Taylor.
"We were hungry last year having three tries down there and coming up short each time," said Coach Haywood, "but our philosophy hasn't changed from what we do every year and I think that allows us to focus on what we want to do and that's come out and get a little better each day, try to improve on every facet of the game, but not get in a big rush to do it. Just kind of take our time and hopefully by mid-October we'll start coming around."
Step by step, one game at a time, Belfry wants to get back to Bowling Green.