Halfway through the top ten list and we arrive at the Berea football resurgence in 2019. The tiny team that didn’t even have a football stadium on campus became one of the biggest stories in the entire state.
The Pirates had loss 43 straight football games….think about that 43 games many of them decided by halftime with out tasting victory. Aaron Stepp returned back top Berea where he had become one of the youngest head coaches in the state in 1998. In his first season the Pirates were 2-8 and the next season they went 8-3. Fast forward 20 years and in his first season back in Berea they won 1 game, a season ending game versus Jellico Tennessee. The Pirates worked hard during the off season and opened 2019 on a 6 game winning streak. They opened the season with a commanding win at Jackson County scoring 53 points.
With seniors Timmy Thompson, Jaylen and Jarrod Whitaker, and the emergence of sophomore Jaiden Cunningham this group of players have set the bar on what Berea football can accomplish on the field.
The Pirates play in a district with a pair of top 25 teams and finished the year 7-4. They appeared in the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Coach Stepp and the Pirates have a lot of reasons to be excited for next season.