• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Team leaders starting to emerge for football Jackets

THE WOODFORD COUNTY football team lines up at the 20-yard line at practice July 18. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The action has picked up on the practice field for the Woodford County High School football team. Helmets are getting scratched up, and that is a sure sign that battles are being waged on the gridiron. While many positions are up for grabs, the coaches are enthused by the effort being laid out each practice by their young team. From far across the field, coach Matt Amburgey can be heard yelling, "Do your job," making sure the players end up in the right spots to make a play. "Coach Amburgey brings it every night," said head Coach Dennis Johnson. "I love the game," said Amburgey. "I have such passion for the game and what it can do for you in life. Football teaches so much in life lessons, and these kids are buying in and drinking the Kool-Aid. Our growing pains are normal for this time of year, but we see a great work ethic out here and want more." That energy appears to be contagious as more players are becoming vocal leaders at practice. With a young team headed into a tough schedule, leaders will be a welcome sight for the Jackets' head coach. "I think the seniors know how vital the freshmen and sophomores are to this team," said Johnson. "The older guys are looking out for the younger players and making sure they are on the same page to be ready when regular season play begins in just a few weeks. The young guys are showing great focus in meetings, and we are likely to start two underclassmen on the line. We have young skill guys, also." As pre-season unfolds, junior Ben Nash is a name to watch this season. "He came in here as a true freshman and was low on the depth chart at cornerback and climbed the ladder quickly to become a starter by kickoff." said Johnson. "This young man is special. He has a chance to be a star here at Woodford County." Ryan Duke is another name that came up with Johnson, who made it clear that Ryan is a big part of the puzzle for this season. "Ryan is a kid that can do it all," said Johnson. "I can line him up anywhere and he goes to work." The coaching staff will take a group to South Laurel this week for a 7-on-7 tournament with the remainder of the team staying to practice in Woodford County.

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