November 29th, 2019

DeSales Falls to Belfry in Semifinals


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Falls to Belfry in Semifinals
Colts fall in semis/ photo by Ed Peak

Belfry took a gamble and won. DeSales blinked and their story book season was over. Belfry 15, DeSales 14 in two overtimes at Paul B. Cox Stadium, Friday night before a packed crowd.

DeSales (10-4) had taken a 14-7 lead in the second overtime when Demarcus Avery's one yard run and Blake Givens extra point kick gave the Colts the lead.

It took Belfry (10-3) four plays to score a touchdown as on fourth and one senior Peyton Hensley edged into the end zone.


The Pirates kicker Grayson Cook trotted onto the field. DeSales called a timeout followed by a Belfry timeout. That's when the Pirates changed their mind deciding to go for two points and the win.


Junior Isaac Dixon took a pitch out from quarterback Brett Coleman and sprinted around right end for the victory. Belfry, a powerhouse in class 3-A, will play Bell County (14-0) a 46-28 winner over Taylor County, next Friday at Kroger Field in Lexington for the state championship.


"That was a heck of a ball game to watch," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "We played together. We fought. We just came up short."


In the first overtime Hensley scored from seven yards and Cook kicked the extra point. DeSales came right back as James Johnson, who finished with 133 yards rushing in 25 carries, scored on the first play scrimmage, a 10 yard run and Givens extra point kick tied the game at 7-7.


Then came the fireworks in overtime.


"The whole offense knew that had that little bit extra to get it across that goal line to win that game," said Dixon. "It was a sweep right and our players believed they could block. I did everything I could to get across that (goal) line."


Belfry coach Phillip Haywood turned to his coordinator and asked the coach if they could stop DeSales. "It was more or less could we stop them. The question was could we stop them and we weren't sure we could stop them from 10 yards," said Haywood. "I said 'we got shot to win this thing. I said let's do this.' Our kids were wanting too."


DeSales has some opportunities but mistakes cost the Colts. In the first quarter the Colts drove to the Pirates 29 only on fourth down Avery's pass under pressure was incomplete.


The Colts got a break when Hensley fumbled and the Colts Alexander Gates recovered on the Colts 49. On third down Avery's pass intended for Antione Johnson was under thrown and intercepted in the end zone by Isaiah Burchfield.


A fumble by James Johnson at the Belfry 32 was recovered by Coleman early in the fourth quarter was another missed opportunity.


"They all played their tails off," said Davis. "We seemed to shoot ourselves in the foot. I think we played well that's a great football team. It hurts. It hurts especially for the seniors.

"We were so close to getting to the state championship."


Dixon had nothing but praise for DeSales. "They are the greatest team I've ever played against. They didn't give up anything. Their front seven is incredible. Their backs run hard."


Belfry just had one more play.


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