It was business as usual last Friday night for the No. 1 ranked Class 1A South Pittsburg Pirates as they trounced the Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets 74-0 to open up region play.
The Pirates bested their 62-0 score over the Yellow Jackets from last season by 12 points, starting with a 22-yard Kamden Wellington touchdown pass to RaCash Kelly to make it 7-0 not even two minutes into the game.
Before the first quarter would end, the Pirates would score three more times.
Once on a one-yard run by JaMychal Buckner, followed by another 32-yard touchdown pass from Wellington to AJ Wallace, while finally ending the quarter with another Buckner nine-yard touchdown run to make it 26-0.
It didn’t stop there.
Wellington decided to start the second quarter with another score, this time with his legs, running nine yards for the fifth Pirates’ touchdown of the night to make it 33-0.
The Pirates would end up scoring four more touchdowns before the half mercifully ended for the Yellow Jackets.
Jamarion Farrior got in on the action with an eight-yard run for one score to make it 40-0. Then, Wellington and Wallace connected again on a 14-yard reception to make it 46-0, giving Wallace two touchdowns on the night and Wellington a combined four.
While the Pirates never punted once, one of the two Yellow Jackets’ punts was housed by Kelly on a 52-yard return to push the score to 53-0.
The half wouldn’t come to an end, however, until Ky Powell made it 60-0 on an 11-yard run.
Powell liked what he did so much to end the first half that he started the second half in the same way, this time with a two-yard touchdown run to make 67-0.
Finally, the Pirates would score their eleventh and final touchdown of the game after capitalizing on one of the many Yellow Jackets mistakes of the night. This time on a 20-yard fumble recovery to make the final score 74-0.
Excluding Friday’s game and the 2021 game, when it was canceled for COVID related reasons. The five previous seasons the Yellow Jackets have only been able to score a combined total of 18 points against the Pirates. Meanwhile, the Pirates have totaled 289.
This was the Pirates’ highest scoring total of the season. They’ve now scored a combined total 251 points this season, with three games scoring over 50 and never scoring under 28 through the five game stretch.
Besides their high powered offense, the Pirates’ defense has been astounding this season, only allowing 21 combined points to their opponents. Two of those, including the Yellow Jackets game, were shutouts. The most they’ve allowed in a single game is 14 points.
The Pirates will make the short 13 minute drive to North Jackson this Friday to face the Chiefs.