• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Jackets suffer 47-24 homecoming loss

BRENNAN CLARK dives for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Western Hills on Friday, Sept. 22, at Community Stadium. (Photo by Bill Caine)

On Friday night, Sept. 22, at Community Stadium, the Woodford County High School Jackets were defeated 47-24 by Western Hills on homecoming night. Western Hills jumped out to a fast start, scoring quickly, but the Jackets fought back defensively and made some big stops throughout the first half. The Jacket offense sputtered in the first half mostly due to turnovers. Fumbles and interceptions have been the kryptonite to the Jackets season thus far. Brody McCoun had a few big runs in the first half that got the chains moving for Woodford. The Jackets got in the red zone for the first time, but a pair of penalties inside the 10-yard line pushed them back, and they settled for a field goal to make the score 7-3. Midway through the second quarter, the Jacket defense stopped the Wolverines in their tracks again and forced another punt. The ensuing drive started off well with the ground game, but Quinton Turner was intercepted and Western Hills was on the move again. The biggest series of the half came with less than two minutes to play in the second half. The Wolverines had the ball first-and-goal and the Jackets shut them down, stopping a diving Robinson in midair. Jayshaun Coffman and Ben Nash were everywhere on the field, making key plays to stop the Wolverines and the score at halftime was 7-3. "I thought we came out with a good amount of energy to start the game," said Coach Dennis Johnson. "Our first offensive possession was bad but our defense picked us up early on and kept us going. We changed some things up defensively and it was working for us. We have to take care of the ball and that is something we keep looking to improve on." In the second half, it was the Wandale Robinson show. Western Hills' Robinson added some highlights to his already stellar career by running by and around Jacket defenders. The Wolverines ran plays to get Robinson on the outside and once he turned the corner into the open field, it was a footrace that the Jackets could not win. Robinson performed as advertised in the second half, and the game got out of hand quickly. "That kid (Robinson) is special," said Johnson. "There were times where he just could not be stopped. I've seen film on him all year and he keeps doing it every week. Every once in a while, you will see a kid with talent like that and that is why he will play at the next level because he just has it. We came into the second half with a chance and then we had the fumble and gave up 14 points real quick and we were lost out there for a minute. If we can stay close and start the second half better, anything can happen out here." Brennan Clark and McCoun were able to pound the ball for touchdowns in the second half and bring energy back to the Jacket sidelines. Quinton Turner threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Duke and the Jackets were building more momentum to a comeback. All of the excitement in the stadium was soon taken away as Robinson broke another long touchdown run that put the game out of reach for good. "We have some positives going. I like the way our special teams played and I love how our kicker is doing right now," said Johnson. "This was good for us, we've been in games where it's a running clock, so to be in this one and score some points down the stretch like we did was big for them and their confidence." The Jackets have a bye this week and will host Anderson County Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Community Stadium.

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