• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Jackets fall to Montgomery County in district game

LEE KAINE runs through a hole made by his offensive linemen during the Woodford County High School football game against Montgomery County at Community Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21. The Yellow Jackets rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but came up two points short and lost 20-18. (Photo by Rick Capone)

Down 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Woodford County High School football team rallied and scored two touchdowns in its home game against Montgomery County at Community Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21, but failed to make a two-point conversion with under a minute to go in the district contest and lost 20-18.

On the season, Woodford is now 3-6 overall and 0-3 in district play.

Montgomery County received the opening kickoff and behind a strong running attack, moved the ball down field and scored. The two-point conversion was missed, but the Indians had the lead at 6-0.

On its first possession, Woodford started to move the ball, but fumbled it away near midfield to end the drive.

The Indians then began another drive, but they too fumbled the ball, which Woodford recovered on the 31-yard line.

On the ensuing drive, things did not look too good to start for the Yellow Jackets. Woodford had one-yard run by senior Ben Bruckner and an incomplete pass by freshman quarterback Ryan Duke.

Facing third and nine, Duke was flushed out of the pocket, rolled to his right and completed a 25-yeard pass to junior Brody McCoun to keep the drive alive.

On the next play, senior Domynik Johnson took off on a 44-yard run, but it was called back because of a hold by the Yellow Jackets.

But, the mistake did not stop the drive. A short pass to McCoun followed by two passes from Duke to Johnson, one for 13 yards and the next or 23 yards, and Woodford had first and 10 on the 17-yard line.

On second and 10, Duke completed a pass to Johnson on a crossing route, and Johnson took it into the end zone for a touchdown.

Woodford then lined up for the extra point with only seconds to go in the quarter. The ball was snapped, but instead of kicking it, the holder picked it up and threw it to a wide open receiver in the end zone. However, the ball was overthrown and the game was tied, 6-6.

Both teams were able to move the ball in the second quarter, but their defenses did not allow any scores and at the half, the game was still tied, 6-6.

In the third quarter, the two teams continued to stop each other from scoring, but with just 1:51 left in the frame, Montgomery County scored on a 22-yard run. The Indians then converted a two-point conversion to take a 14-6 lead.

Woodford did have one touchdown in the third quarter, but it was called back due to a holding penalty, and the score remained 14-6 heading into the final quarter.

Montgomery County next scored at the 9:22 mark of the fourth quarter, but missed a two-point conversion to make it 20-6 ball game.

After that score, Woodford seemed to get a second wind and began to rally, moving the ball down the field. At 9:02, just 20 seconds after the Indians’ score, Richards completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to senior J.T. Jones. After the missed extra point, Woodford was just eight points down, 20-12.

As the clock began to run down, neither team was able to get a score. Then Woodford got the ball at their five-yard line. A series of miscues by the Indians followed, which resulted in three consecutive 15-yard personal foul penalties, and the Yellow Jackets found themselves on the 50-yard line.

From the there, they continued to move the ball downfield to the seven-yard line. Duke then ran the ball in for a touchdown to make it 20-18 with under a minute to go in the game.

The next play was crucial as Woodford lined up for a two-point conversion. Duke got the ball to Richards, but he fell just short of the end zone.

A short time later, the game was over giving Montgomery County the win, 20-18. The Indians now lead the series 16-11.

No doubt, it had been a hard fought game between the two teams, filled with some major penalties – nine called on Woodford for 89 yards, and eight called on Montgomery County for 89 yards. Each team also had one player ejected from the game as well.

Some of the final stats in the game were also interesting.

To start, Woodford had 26 rushing attempts, but only gained one yard. In fact, Woodford had 14 plays in the game resulting in zero or negative yardage, which resulted in Woodford’s worst rushing game since the 2013 game against West Jessamine, where they also only had one yard in a game.

In contrast, Montgomery County had 53 rushing attempts for 344 yards.

However, things were reversed in the passing game as Woodford gained 92 yards, while Montgomery County had zero passing yards.

Duke finished the game with 20 completions on 15 attempts for 148 yards, one interception and one touchdown. He was also sacked eight times in the game.

Richards finished the game with one completion on one attempt for 44 yards and a touchdown. Total yards told the story of the game, however, as Woodford had 192 yards to Montgomery County’s 344 yards.

Next up, Woodford closes out the regular season against Central Hardin this Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets will honor their seniors before the game.

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