SOMS football falls to Belfry in state championship game

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South Oldham Middle School saw its undefeated season come to an end in the Division 2 state championship against three-time defending state champions Belfry.

Trailing 14-0 late in the fourth quarter, the Dragons (12-1) scored on a 70-yard touchdown run from Keaton Martin and converted the two-point attempt to cut it to 14-8.

South’s defense made a fourth down stop, but time ran out on the Dragons’ offense in a 14-8 championship loss Sunday at Bryan Station.

“We came up a little short today, but I can tell you the kids gave 110 percent effort and left everything out on the field,” assistant coach Glenn Bednarcyk said. “On behalf of all the coaches, we could not be more proud of our players for perserving through adversity and playing championship football.”

Led by its stout defense, the 14 points allowed by Belfry was a season high for South, which reached the championship game by defeating T.K. Stone 28-6 in the state semifinals last Saturday.

Belfry, which played the regular season in the same division as state title contenders Pikeville and Johnson County, went 5-0 this year against the two, beating Pikeville three times with a cumulative score of 100-24, and Johnson County twice for a combined score of 58-24.

Belfry’s win over South was its fourth straight state championship.

South’s defense, led by a front four of Tyrelle Love, John Downing, Isaac Ialli and Michael Stevens, held T.K. Stone to 36 yards on 33 plays in the semifinal game.

The Dragons led 14-0 at halftime with an opening drive touchdown run from Ethan Bednarczyk and another from Martin late in the second quarter.

South forced a turnover on T.K. Stone’s opening drive of the third quarter and capitalized with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Pierce to Bednzerczyk for a 22-0 lead.

Martin scored the final TD on a 78-yard run for a 28-0 lead. T.K. Stone got on the board with a 47-yard run from Deonco Wilkerson with 2:41 left to play.

On their trip back home, the Dragons were met at the Oldham County line with two Oldham County sheriff’s vehicles escorting them back to South Oldham.


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