Corinth Holders fittingly played host to Pikeville C.B. Aycock on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
The Pirates then proceeded to do all of their talking on the football field as Corinth Holders notched a 42-28 win, the team’s third consecutive victory.
The Pirates (3-2) dominated the first half en route to building a 27-7 lead. However, the Golden Falcons scored three consecutive touchdowns to close the gap to 34-28 with 8:06 left in the game.
Cole Sakowski would have the last word, however, as the senior quarterback found Tony Kirkwood for a 41-yard touchdown pass to seal the game.
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“We did some good things offensively and everything was working but they did a tremendous job doing some great things in the second half to get right back in the ball game,” Corinth Holders coach Barry Honeycutt said. “We were fortunate to score there at the end.
“It was a great ball game.”
Sakowski threw for 248 yards and twice connected with Dymon Walker on long first half touchdown passes to provide Corinth Holders with enough firepower for the big lead.
Sakowski also found the end zone on a keeper from four yards out early in the second quarter but it was the Pirates’ Howard Watson who benefitted most from an outstanding performance from the offensive line.
Staring at wide running lanes all night, Watson shot through them for 176 yards including a 12-yard burst to put the Pirates on the scoreboard first.
Leading 21-0 in the second quarter, Corinth Holders conceded some of the momentum they had built when a miscue in the back field led to the Golden Falcons’ Damien Darden pouncing on a loose ball and rumbling 35 yards to draw the visitors to within two touchdowns.
An intereeption on the Pirates’ next possession looked to open the door even further for C.B. Aycock (3-2) but the Corinth Holders defense held strong and forced a Golden Falcons’ punt late in the first half.
All Sakowski needed was one play to connect with Walker on a screen pass in the middle of the field where the senior wideout pivoted, found the sideline and followed several key blocks to spring the 54-yard touchdown reception.
Walker led the Pirates with 157 yards and the two touchdown receptions and also threw a 28-yard TD pass to Kirkwood,
Similar to Corinth Holders, who entered the contest having rolled up 105 points in its previous two wins, the Golden Falcons came to town on a two-game win streak thanks to a potent offense.
Corinth Holders held C.B. Aycock to just 48 yards of total offense in the first half but the second half was a different story.
The Golden Falcons started to find their groove in the third quarter as they abandoned the running game and started rolling out some five wide receiver sets.
The change in strategy led to some open receivers and Aycock quarterback T.J. Morrow started to use the mid-range passing game to move the ball down the field.
He found Micah Castillo for a six-yard screen pass for a score and then ran it in himself from 10 yards before finding Jimmy Ellis from 11 yards out to get to within six points.
On the Falcons’ next possession, sacks from Ian Cregan and Shamarko Wortham finally stopped Morrow and company.
“We did the things we needed to do to win the game,” Honeycutt said. “It may not have been as pretty as we wanted it to be but it is a win.”
Morrow finished the game with 162 yards passing and 57 more yards on the ground.