• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS football team falls to Central Hardin on senior night

On a night highlighted by the Woodford County High School football team honoring its seniors, the visiting team, Central Hardin, was the better team, as they defeated the Yellow Jackets 51-0. With the loss, Woodford enters the postseason with a 3-7 record. They will face South Oldham in Crestwood on Friday, Nov. 7, in the first round of the Class 5A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The evening started in a festive mood, as family, friends and fans honored Woodford’s seniors in a ceremony prior to the start of the game. The seniors honored were Max Andreoni, Ben Bruckner, Justin Brown, Dwayne “D” Depp, Xavier Higgins, Jacob Jenkins, Domynik Johnson, JT Jones, Graham Kain, Malik Richards, Turner Shepard, Dalton Smither, Jacob Wolford and Zack Zeefe. About 10 minutes after the ceremony, the game began with Woodford receiving the opening kickoff. Then, while they had a couple of good plays and made one first down, Central Hardin stopped the drive. The Yellow Jackets then kicked off to the Bruins, who returned the ball to the 37-yard line. Ten plays later, following some good running plays and one 29-yard pass play, Central Hardin had fourth and 17 at the Woodford 22-yard line. On the next play, the Bruins ran it into the end zone on a 22-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good, and Central Hardin led 7-0 at 3:42. Woodford got the ball back at its own 34-yard line, but once again could not get a drive going. The Yellow Jackets punted to Madison Central, who had a short return to their on 42-yard line. Then on the first play of its drive, the Bruins ran the ball around the right side of its line, then barreled down the side line on a 57-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good, and at 2:07, Central Hardin led 14-0. On its next drive, Woodford was stopped once again and forced to punt. Central Hardin fielded the punt and ran it back 56 yards for its third touchdown of the first quarter. The extra point was blocked, and the Bruins led 20-0 with 19 second left in the frame. In the second quarter, Central Hardin continued its strong defensive play, stopping Woodford on every drive, while scoring three more touchdowns of its own. The Bruins scores came at 6:33 on a six-yard run, at 4:02 on a 25-yard run and at 2:47 on a three-yard run. All three extra points were made and Central Hardin led 41-0. In addition, with their third touchdown at 2:47, the game was played under a running clock the rest of the way. In the second half, Woodford was still unable to gain any momentum and was unable to score. In the meantime, Central Hardin scored to more times in the game. The first scorwe as a 36-yard field goal at 6:02 of the third quarter, and then on a one-yard run at 7:24 in the fourth quarter. With the successful extra point, the Bruins held a 51-0 lead, which was the final score. Statistically, junior Brody McCoun led Woodford with 44 yards rushing on five carries, while Depp had 36 yards on three carries, Richards had 33 yards on four carries and Andreoni had 19 yards on four carries. In passing, freshman Ryan Duke completed six passes for 35 yards on 12 throws, while Richards led in receptions with four catches for 28 yards. In team stats, Central Hardin had 308 total yards and averaged 9.6 yards per play to Woodford’s 191 yards and 4.2 yards per play. Both teams also made 13 first downs. Woodford turned the ball over two times; both times on fumbles. Central Hardin had no turnovers. And, Woodford led in time of possession, 27:49 minutes to 20.11 minutes. The Yellow Jackets also had 45 plays to Central Hardin’s 33.

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