Jaguars fall to Pirates, 41-6

Floyd Central’s Noah Marcum picks up yardage during the Jaguars’ district game against Belfry. The Jaguars fell to the Pirates 41-6.

EASTERN — Floyd Central was limited offensively as visiting Belfry pulled away to win 41-6 in a Class 3A District 8 football game on Friday night.

Perennial state title contender Belfry claimed its second straight victory.

Floyd Central suffered its second straight setback.

With the win, Belfry improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Class 3A, District 8.

Floyd Central dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the district with the loss.

Belfry took control early. The Pirates blanked homestanding Floyd Central 21-0 in the opening quarter.

Dominant Belfry, which held Floyd Central scoreless until the final quarter, led 34-0 at halftime.

The Pirates remained in control after intermission. Belfry led 41-0 at the conclusion of the third quarter.

As a team, Belfry rushed for 285 yards.

Youngstown State University commit Ben Bentley led Belfry to the win, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Following Bentley, Peyton Hensley rushed for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Another Belfry running back, Isaiah Birchfield, rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Brett Coleman added 28 yards and one touchdown for the Pirates in the victory.

Gavin Martin scored Floyd Central’s lone touchdown in the setback, reaching the endzone on one of his five carries.

Dalton Boyd led Floyd Central’s limited offensive attack, rushing 13 times for 33 yards.

Brendan Evans, Noah Marcum and Chad Bates led Floyd Central’s defensive effort with four tackles apiece.

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