By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Pirates know the position they find themselves in heading into this week’s showdown with Williamsburg.
To have any chance of finishing in second place in the district and earning the opportunity the play host to first-round playoff game, they have to win the their next two games.
“That’s pretty much the situation,” Berea coach Adam Coleman said. “It’s not impossible, but we’ve got to play well and be mistake free this week to have a chance. Hopefully, we can eliminate the mistakes we made last week.”
It won’t be easy.
Berea Community (2-5, 0-1 district) lost last week on the road to Lynn Camp in the district opener. This week they are set to face defending district champion Williamsburg (6-1, 1-0 ) at home.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Berea.
“We let it slip away from us,” Coleman said of the loss to Lynn Camp. “We’ve just got to deal with that.”
Berea Community out-gained Lynn Camp (334 to 327), got 327 yards on the ground, got a four-TD performance from Hunter Wilson and had a 12-point second-half lead.
Still, Lynn Camp scored the final 14 points of the game.
The Wildcats won the field-position battle all game, used trick plays and reverses and took advantage of Berea miscues, including a roughing the kicker penalty.
“It was a physical game and I don’t think we were expecting that,” Coleman said. “They got in our heads early on with some of the things they were doing. We kind of lost focus and got more concerned with other things that were going on besides the next play. So, that’s what we talked with them afterwards.”
The Pirates also were only able to convert on one-of-four two-point conversions and that certainly had an impact on the outcome.
“If you are not going to kick, you need to get at least 50 percent of those,” Coleman said of two-point conversions. “Had we done that, we would have been OK.”
Wilson was outstanding once again against Lynn Camp. The senior rushed for 288 yards.
In the past three games, Wilson has 13 touchdowns.
Williamsburg went 3-0 last year against district competition and advanced to the third round of the Class A Playoffs. The Yellow Jackets have not lost to in-state competition this season and have out-scored their opponents 338-72.
Last week, Williamsburg hammered Campbellsville, 48-0.
“They return pretty much everyone they had last year, especially at the skill positions,” Coleman said of Williamsburg. “They are a spread team. They like to throw it, but they are going to look you over and take what you give them.”
Quarterback Dalton Sizemore has already thrown for 1,745 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, completing 124-of-205 pass attempts. Sizemore has also rushed for a team-best 328 yards and five touchdowns.
Corey Shelton leads a deep group of wide receivers with 36 catches for 12 touchdowns. Williamsburg has three other receivers with more than 100 yards receiving.
The Yellow Jackets topped Berea 20-14 last year in overtime.