Estill beats Pineville in homecoming game Friday
By Don White
CV&T STaff Writer
Not only will Senior Night be celebrated Friday, but a win over Breathitt County could give the Engineers a great shot at winning the first district championship in school history.
There’s also the satisfaction that would come from knocking off a team that hung the only two losses on last year’s squad.
The Bobcats have a deceptive 2-5 record, with wins coming in the first game of the season against Mercer County, and in their latest outing against Hazard, 7-3.
The boys from Jackson also have a one-point loss to Prestonsburg this season, a team that remains undefeated through seven contests.
“It’s going to be a chore,” says Jones.
“Even though they’re two and five, they’ve played a very tough schedule,” said the coach, also noting his team will be up against two all-state players in Channing Fugate and Jade Haddix.
Despite the obstacles, Jones remains optimistic his vastly improved squad can pull off a historic victory.
I feel we can win if we get some turnovers and don’t turn the ball over ourselves. We need to stop their big play potential.
By beating Breathitt and avoiding a stumble the rest of the season, Estill could find themselves hosting two playoff games.
“We just have to keep pushing and not get satisfied,” said the former Engineer star player.
Jones and his fellow coaches had lots of reasons to be satisfied throughout last week’s trouncing of a very good team from Pineville.
The Engineers had their ground game at full throttle from the opening kickoff.
With Kenton Roberts, Randy Davidson,and Tyler Cole tearing up more turf than a half-crazed mule, the Mountain Lions were reduced to spectators as they watched the fleet-of-feet trio.
Roberts took the ball in at the 5:45 mark of the first quarter with what would be the first of four touchdowns on the night for the speedy junior.
Pineville’s first trip on offense was a short one, ending with a Jonathon White stop at midfield.
With the quarter winding down, Estill was aided by consecutive offside penalties, allowing Roberts to take the ball in on first and goal from the four.
A two-point conversion by Cole put the home team up 14-0.
The Mountain Lions wasted little time in scoring a touchdown to start the second quarter, but the Engineers were determined to not let them get any closer.
Facing a third and 10 midway through the quarter, quarterback Cade Berryman completed a pass to Cole on the 18-yard line for a first down.
Another Pineville penalty gave Estill the ball with a first and goal at the five, and Roberts tallied his third TD.
Estill got the ball back with 1:29 remaining before halftime after the Mountain Lions failed to convert on a fourth down pass play; however, time expired before they could score.
The Mountain Lions closed the gap to 21-14 shortly after halftime, but Davidson and Roberts came back with touchdown runs for Estill.
A relentless ground attack by the Engineers ate up much of the clock, leaving the home team with a 35-14 margin of victory.
Roberts finished the game with 197 yards on 29 carries; Davidson had nine carries for 126 yards; and Cole carried 18 times for 197 yards.
The team totaled 60 carries for 435 yards.