• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCMS football stumbles in season opener

The Woodford County Middle School football team opened its eighth-grade season on the road on Thursday, Aug. 10, with a 52-7 loss at the hands of the Bondurant Patriots. The Tigers started the game with an onside kick that bounced away into the hands of their opponent. Bondurant quickly responded with a 72-yard touchdown run by Kaden Moormon. The next possession, the Tigers had a punt blocked and were on the ropes early. Bondurant scored swiftly, and the Woodford coaching staff was searching for an answer for the Patriot attack. Moormon scored a couple more touchdowns, and the Patriots led 30-0 at the half. "This one is on me," said coach Josh Smith. "They hit us in the mouth, and we didn't respond to it. I'm glad it was week one, and we have a chance to respond now. In football, there is always room for improvement, and that is a positive I will take from this." The Tigers started the second half with a kick return for a touchdown by Kaiden Traugott. The Patriots quickly retaliated with a 70-yard passing touchdown. The Patriots added a couple more touchdowns to finish the game. "We had some miscues early on," said Smith. "We had opportunities that we did not capitalize on, and that is something we will work hard on this week. We cannot hang our heads after mistakes. You get back right after it and make up for that mistake." "We had some guys who fought until the very last play," said Smith. "When something like that happens, you hope you can build on it and inspire more guys to give a max effort. We saw glimpses of light tonight. Hopefully, we can shine a big light soon, and everyone will buy in." Smith quickly turned a tough game into a coaching lesson after the game. "Even when you get down, you have to fight through adversity, and this will make us a stronger team," he said. "We had a few positives out there," said Smith. "Kaiden Traugott got after it. He made plays on the defensive end and then got the score on special teams. He's not the kind of kid who gets rattled in the moment. He's calm and steady, and we need that out here." Some changes are planned going into next week's game for the Tiger squad. "We will move some guys around and see what works," said Smith. "We will be a different looking team for sure." The seventh-grade team also fell to Bondurant 28-2.

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