• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Inside the 20 – Part 4

As the calendar flips to August, the seconds tick until the Woodford County football team runs out onto the field for the opening kick-off. The practices continue to intensify, and the battles for starting positions are being waged every night. “It’s been a good week of practice,” said Coach Dennis Johnson. “On Monday, we really got after it. We ran a lot of situational plays that will be crucial when the season starts.” Each week on the practice field, Johnson becomes more impressed with the output of effort and hopes to see this more when the season gets underway.. “Brody McCoun had a great week. Lee Kain and Coy Hayes did as well,” said Johnson. “Coy Hayes, a true freshman tight end and linebacker, got the white jersey for the player of the week.” Having the freshman step up to this level is a welcome sight for any coaching staff. The result of this experience will be of great value to Johnson for this season and beyond. The big bodies up front are pushing forward towards being ready for opening night. The offensive line will have to be ready for the stout schedule and large defensive fronts that opponents will feature. “We have to make sure that we put a hat on a hat or we will have problems with the run game.” said Johnson. “Defensively, it reminds me of baseball. If the middle is not strong, then you are not strong. Our inside linemen and inside linebackers have to play strong, or we cannot achieve our goals.” While the defense continues to figure out how to stop the run game, the focus on who the starting quarterback will be is starting to get some buzz. “The battle is tight out there,” said Johnson. “With Quinton Turner coming back from an injury, I want to see how he progresses and go from there, but no starter has been named thus far.” A handful of players who have been banged up are hopeful to return this week. Ben Nash and Brennon Clark both hope to return this week for practice. Johnson is extra careful with injuries and rushing a player back would only lead to a further setback. Both Nash and Clark will be impact players for this football team in 2017. Kickoff is a little more than a week away, and the Yellow Jackets are preparing for war. Johnson has been preparing the team for this date since the final whistle blew last season.

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