HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pirates set for showdown with KCD

Oct. 7—The Pirates (2-5) had an extra week off to heal up and prepare for a showdown with the program which has been their nemesis in recent years.

Berea Community it set to open district play on Friday against Kentucky Country Day (5-1). Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Louisville.

The Pirates and Bearcats have met twice in each of the past three seasons — including three times in the Class A Playoffs.

KCD won each of those games, out-scoring the Pirates by a combined margin of 257-44.

The Bearcats beat Berea, 57-22, last November.

The Pirates rolled to a 54-0 win over Jackson County in McKee on Sept. 23. Yamil Cruz had five touchdowns (four rushing, one on punt return), while Koty Roberts and Cameron Thompson also had rushing touchdowns.

Berea's defense allowed just 36 total yards and forced two turnovers.

On the season, Cruz has a team-best 455 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns. Roberts and Shawn Kiett each have three receiving TDs and quarterback Jayson Coburn had completed 36-of-91 passes for seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

KCD opened the season with a 46-18 setback at Eastern, but hasn't lost since.

The Bearcats pushed their winning streak to five games on Sept. 23 with a 29-14 victory over Southern.

They were also off last week.

KCD has nine interceptions on the season, two of which have been returned for touchdowns, and have also recovered nine fumbles.

Alex Bahe has a team-best 360 yards rushing with five TDs, while Kassani Wilson has 270 yards rushing and four TDs.

Rex Rumpke (four TDs), Cameron Edwards (three TDs), Troy Humphreys (two TDs) and Wilson (one TD) each have a receiving TD this season.

Quarterback Ethan Harris has completed 44-of-77 passes for 746 yards with eight TDs and three interceptions.