• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Spencer County upends Jackets

RYAN DUKE attempts to catch a Brody McCoun pass in the first half against Spencer County Friday, Sept. 15. (Photo by Bill Caine).

The Spencer County Bears came into the Friday, Sept. 15, game with the Woodford County High School Football Jackets with a game plan to get Kaden Smith the ball and the plan was successful. Smith, a Purdue recruit, was seemingly everywhere in the first quarter. Early in the first stanza, Smith pulled down a touchdown reception over three Jacket defenders to get the scoring started. Later in the first quarter, Smith broke a 41-yard touchdown run where he juked defenders on the open field for the score. Coach Dennis Johnson blamed himself for the miscues that continue to happen this season. "Bad coaching is all I can say," said Johnson. "I've never seen anything like it but I know we have to keep working and try some different things." The Jacket offense sputtered out of the gate to start the game. Brennan Clark was a bright spot early on as he fought his way for some tough yards in the ground game. Brody McCoun started the game at quarterback, but had a rough time seeing over the Bears' pass rush and was intercepted twice in the first half. Smith returned a McCoun interception for a touchdown to bring the score to 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Spencer County tacked on another score in its passing game with a minute left in the half. "When we had chances, we fumbled the ball or we missed a tackle and there is so much we need to get better at in a quick time frame," said Johnson. "Keeping possession of the ball has been a big problem for us. We have to have some drives and give our defense a break." The final play of the first half was a back-breaker for the Jackets. Smith recovered a Jacket fumble and returned it for a touchdown to end the half and bring the score to 35-0.

"We aren't making plays," said Johnson. "They made plays when they needed to and we didn't. Missed tackles has been a season-long problem for us." In the second half, Quinton Turner, who came in at quarterback on the last drive of the first half, found a couple of short completions to Lee Kain and Brennan Clark, but the offense was shut down once more. Spencer County tacked on two more touchdowns on the ground to make the score 49-0 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Micole Sharp scored on a three-yard run to get Woodford on the board. Sharp had 44 yards rushing on five carries in the game. The Jackets are frustrated on the field and with Western Hills coming in this week for homecoming, the team will go back to the drawing board to find answers. "We will get back at it in practice and see what we can come up with to be different and give teams a new look," said Johnson. "That's all we can do right now."

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