A very young Woodford County High School football team hit the field for the 2016 season for a preseason game at home on Friday, Aug. 12, against Lincoln County, and, while they struggled in the first half, they showed some grit and determination in the second half to earn a 20-9 victory. Still, Woodford’s second-year head coach Dennis Johnson was not pleased with his team’s first-half play. “We played like a nervous team who forgot about the fundamentals of the game,” said Johnson. “I’m … glad we got that out of our system.” As for the second half, Johnson was happy with how his team responded, as the varsity came out and played much better, while the younger players helped get the job finished. “I liked the fight we showed, especially in the second half,” said Johnson. “We challenged the varsity to make some plays and they did. I really liked our young group. We have some young players with bright futures.” In the first half, both teams had a hard time moving the ball down the field. Dropped balls, miscues, missed blocking assignments and more plagued both teams. A bit of a bright spot was the defense, as Woodford held its own and stopped Lincoln County a number of times in the first half. On offense, you could see the potential. When sophomore quarterback Ryan Duke had time to pass, he was able to connect with his receivers. In fact, one of the most exciting offensive plays in the first half occurred when Duke hit senior Domynik Johnson on a 50-plus-yard pass play, which would have put Woodford in scoring position. However, the play was called back due to a holding call, which hurt any momentum the Yellow Jackets might have gained if the play had been successful. When the horn sounded to end the first half, the game remained a scoreless tie, and you could tell that neither team’s coaching staff was very happy. During halftime, the Woodford’s coaches challenged the players to get back out on the field and play up to their abilities. Play like they have shown in practice. The Yellow Jackets seemed to accept the challenge and came out and played much better. In the end, Woodford scored three times in the second half. The first two touchdowns were made by Duke. Then, the final one, was made by freshman Jayden Farmer, who scored on an exciting 39-yard run. Woodford opens its regular season on the road against North Bullitt on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
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