by Andrew Hatton
CVT Sports Writer
The Engineer football team defeated the Berea Pirates by a score of 66-13 to close out their regular season. That victory gives Estill a record of 8-2 for their district title-winning season.
Estill jumped on the Pirates early and eliminated any hope of a competitive game for the home team. Following a long kick-off return from Blake Francisco, it took just three plays for the Engineers to find the end zone through a Logan Beckler touchdown run.
Francisco would score a touchdown of his own on Estill’s next possession. The Engineers would then jump out to a 20-0 lead following an Austin Salyer touchdown run.
Berea would get on the board on their next possession with a big touchdown run of their own. But Estill would follow it up with perhaps the most electrifying play of the game: a 90-yard kickoff return from Blake Francisco.
From there, Estill’s offense would continue to impose its will on the Pirates, ultimately rushing for 314 yards and 7 touchdowns. Hunter Osborne would throw for another touchdown with a 32-yard pass completion to Francisco.
Chase Harrison, who led the team in tackles on the night, would force a sack-fumble on Berea’s next possession. That turnover would set Estill up with great field position for Austin Salyer’s second touchdown carry of the night.
Estill would then put in the second-string and set the cruise control for the remainder of the game. Berea would find the end zone one more time, but the score was already out of hand at that point.
The primary concern for the Engineers had to be to stay sharp and focused in their preparation for next week’s post-season matchup with the Jackson County Generals.
Although the Generals have a record of 2-8, the Engineers cannot afford to take them lightly. Jackson County has been competitive against a rather difficult schedule.
A win over Jackson will match the Engineers up with the winner of the game between Casey County and Powell County, both of whom could present a challenge for different reasons.
Estill will host Jackson County at Hoover Niece Field, and if they win they will host the next round as well. The game with the Generals is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Nov. 4.