By James Cook-Special to the CV&T
It was expected to be a border war. The Engineers traveled to Stanton to play the Powell County Pirates, with the winner taking the district’s number two spot. T
hat would assure them of a first round playoff game at home, more importantly bragging rights for another year.
The rain and mud may have been a factor, but Estill’s ability to hold on to the ball made the difference. The Engineers picked up the win over Powell, 42-28.
The game started slow then just got messy as a deluge set in for most of the first half. The monsoon conditions led to both sides having some difficulty holding on to the ball. But Estill held on a little better. The Engineers went up 14-0 following a seven yard run by Tyler Cole and then a four yard scoring play. But Powell cut the lead in half with 2:22 to play in the second quarter. sophomore quarterback Elliott Hale broke loose on a 68 yard gallop into the end zone. The halftime score stood at 14-7.
The Engineers took control early in the second half. Taking advantage of Pirates’ fumbles, the Engineers scored on runs by Cole and Kenton Roberts. Powell finally answered and cut the lead in half again when Hale scored again on a 19 yard run.
The wind began to pick up and so did Powell’s momentum. After Hale’s TD the Engineers fumbled the kickoff. Powell took the ball down field and scored on a 31 yard jaunt by Tim Hardy. The score was 28-21 as the game entered the final frame.
Estill’s strength and experience began to shine through in the fourth quarter over the young Pirates squad. Roberts added two more touchdowns for the Engineers. The first was a 29 yard scamper into the end zone; the second was a 43 yard rumble. He also added the two point conversion on the final drive to make it 42-21 with 6:11 to play.
Powell just could not catch up. Hardy did add a nine yard TD run with just 17 seconds to play. But the damage had been done. Estill (5-4) claimed the district’s number two seed and a first round playoff home game with the 42-28 victory The Pirates (2-7) will take the number three seed and will have to travel when the playoffs begin on Nov. 6. Meanwhile both teams will end their regular season this Friday. Estill will travel to Madison Southern, while Powell will travel to West Carter.