• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS football loses to Mad. Southern

BEN BRUCKNER runs up the middle during the Woodford County High School football game against Madison Southern at home in Community Stadium on Friday, Oct. 14. The senior gained 50 yards on 11 carries in the game, but Madison Southern won, 49-7. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexpoures.com)

Coming off a strong performance in a 10-7 loss at Anderson County on Friday, Oct. 7, the Woodford County High School football team seemed poised to take on visiting Madison Southern on Friday, Oct. 14, with lots of momentum in their favor in this district contest. While the Yellow Jackets kept the game close most of the first half, an Eagles’ interception on the very last play of the half that was run back 92 yards for a touchdown gave Madison Southern a 21-7 lead heading into the locker room at the break. After that, Woodford never seemed to recover and Madison Southern went on to a 49-7 win. With the loss, Woodford’s record stands at 3-4 with two games remaining in the regular season; both at home. Madison Southern got on the scoreboard first in the game. A 71-yard run set up the score, which came at 7:38 in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and the Eagles led 7-0. Woodford responded quickly. On second down in its own end of the field, freshman quarterback Ryan Duke hit senior Domynik Johnson on a 50-yard pass. Two plays later, Johnson ran it into the end zone on a 10-yard run. Senior Zack Zeefe made the extra point and the game was tied 7-7. The two teams battled through the rest of the first quarter and into the second, with neither team making any headway. But then at 3:58, the Eagles scored on a 61-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and they led 14-7. The Jackets got the ball back and found themselves at their own end of the field with time running out and a couple penalties hampering their progress. Then, with just one second left in the half, the Yellow Jackets attempted a long pass to the end zone, and as the buzzer sounded Madison Southern intercepted the ball and ran it back 92 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good and the Eagles took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at the break. The second half belonged to Madison Southern, as they scored four more times. The first score came at 2:53 in the third quarter on a 64-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and the Eagles led 28-7. Then in the fourth quarter, Madison Southern had two interceptions that they ran back for touchdowns; one on a 34-yard play at 8:52, and the second was another 34-yard return at 7:54 to make it 42-7. Their final score came with 2:16 left in the game on a 13-yard touchdown run. Then, even though the outcome was evident, Madison Southern still had its starters in the game and went for a two-point conversion, which was successful and gave the Eagles the 49-7 win. Even with the loss, there were a couple of the bright spots in the game for Woodford. Senior running back Ben Bruckner continued to impress, as he gained 50 yards on 11 carries, and Johnson, who ran for 19 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and caught seven passes for 103 yards. Next up, Woodford faces another district opponent on Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. as Montgomery County comes to Community Stadium in an important game for both teams.

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