• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

WCMS eighth graders hammered by Elkhorn

STEPHEN REED attempts a pass in the Sept. 21 game at home against Elkhorn. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade team was defeated by Elkhorn 58-0 on Thursday Sept. 21. Elkhorn was able to move the ball at will against the Tiger defense and, with two minutes to go in the game, were still throwing the ball downfield for scores. Interim coach Ryan Asher's kids were celebrating eighth-grade night and had a ceremony to honor the players who will be moving on to high school. "We had a pair of games tonight and our seventh-grade team played real well," said Asher. "We are playing iron man football out here between the two teams and we were on a high coming into the second game. Elkhorn has a very talented quarterback and they have kids that can go up and get the ball. I don't think we were ready for that kind of arsenal and it was tough for the kids to handle. It was eighth grade night and it's always tough to take your lumps on a special night like that but it's part of the game and I am sure the kids will respond well to it." As the season winds down for the Tigers, the plan going forward is to stay positive and look toward the future for the middle school program. "This is a great group of kids that I am coaching," said Asher. "The first week was a little tough but fortunately I knew many of these kids and they treated me with a great deal of respect and have meshed well. I was glad to see the coaching staff come together also. We had some new guys and some guys who have been involved since the beginning but we all sat down and said this is for these kids and it will end on a positive note. I know the scoreboard doesn't show it but this season is ending much more positively." The Tigers have one more game on the schedule to decide their fate. If they win then they will enter the postseason and keep their season alive. "We played like a team tonight and never broke down on each other," said eighth-grader Luke Hill. "We have a great group of guys and tonight was tough but we have one more game to see if we can get into the postseason. We will give it everything we have."

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