• Bill Caine, Contributing Writer

Inside the 20 – Part 3

THE WOODFORD COUNTY High School football team practices a pooch kick during practice. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The season is rapidly approaching for the Woodford County High School football team. With a schedule that is difficult from top to bottom, Coach Dennis Johnson knows the importance of every rep in practice. “We have had a few great practices in a row out here,” said Johnson. “The kids are getting fired up and taking ownership of their roles on the team.” Woodford has been dressed in full pads for a week now as full contact ramps up in preparation for opening kickoff in just a few weeks. “It’s getting physical out here,” said Johnson. “The level of contact gets better at every practice.” The leaders are starting to become more vocal, making sure the younger guys are ready for the next play. “The ‘want and need’ to be better is part of us this year,” said junior Ben Nash. “We have guys putting in the work, not taking plays off. The energy is there, and there have even been a few scuffles out on the field. When that happens, you know guys are putting all they have out there.” One noticeable difference on the field this week is the departure of Coach Matt Amburgey, who took a job working with Kentucky State University, and Woodford County brought in Keith Brown who coached Dennis Johnson when he was coming up. “He’s been around and seen it all,” said Johnson. “He (Brown) will add a lot of experience to this group.” With each week that passes, the players are taking more ownership of what is happening between the lines of the field. “Early on, if they missed a rep, they didn’t act upset, but now if they miss a rep, they are fired up and nail it the next play,” said Coach Ashton Bailey. Having a team as young as this varsity squad will bring some aches and pains but also yields valuable experience for the future. Lee Kain is a name making noise this week at practice. “He’s come on strong here lately,” said coach Bailey. “He’ll play two or three positions for us offensively, and he’s also started for us in the past. The kid is really showing his leadership right now.” Brennon Clark will be another name to watch coming out of camp. Clark is currently sidelined with a concussion but was making waves on the field before the injury. “He’s a big body, works hard, and he will be a difference maker on the field,” said Johnson. “He has made our eyes open out here. We look forward to him getting healthy and back on the field with us. He’s a big part of what we are trying to do this year.”

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