• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Jackets get roughed up on senior night

The Woodford County High School football team was defeated at home on senior night 44-14 by Anderson County. The game started out with Anderson County getting the opening kickoff and starting to drive the ball. The Jacket defense was swarming and had the Bearcats facing a long third and 16, but Anderson converted on a 26-yard run up the middle to keep the drive going. The Jackets dug in their heels and forced another long third down attempt, and this time Brennan Clark came charging after the quarterback and sacked him for a loss of 13 on the play. The Jackets received the punt and had all of the momentum to start their first drive. When Woodford took over possession, more of the same issues haunted the Jackets, as a high snap had the ball bouncing on the turf before quarterback Quinton Turner fell on top of it to avoid the turnover. The Jackets lost 13 yards on the bad snap and were forced to punt. The Jacket defense came calling again and forced a turnover on a backwards pass by the Bearcats and Woodford had the ball on the Anderson County 41-yard line. Brody McCoun substituted in at quarterback and ran the ball down the field for a 30-yard gain and the Jackets were in the red zone for the first time in the game. McCoun scored a few plays later on a quarterback keeper to give the Jackets a 7-0 lead. The Bearcats took the kickoff and marched down the field quickly and scored to tie the game 7-7. On the following possession for the Jackets, a holding penalty forced Woodford to start the drive on its own seven-yard line. The Jackets eventually punted the ball away to Anderson County, who came right back at the Jackets with a power run game and took the lead 14-7. The game started to become much more physical and a total of four personal foul penalties (two on each side) were called in a matter of two minutes of game time. The Jackets were moving the ball well on their next possession with a pair of runs by McCoun and Ben Nash, but another issue with the snap in the shotgun formation had Turner picking up a bouncing ball. He was hit hard by Anderson County, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Bearcats. Blake Franklin took the handoff on the next play and scored on a 38-yard touchdown run and the Bearcats had a 21-7 lead. The Jackets took the next kickoff and had a nice drive going before turning the ball over on downs with 1.5 seconds left in the half. Nash returned the kick to start the second half to the 24-yard line, and the Jackets struggled to move the ball. McCoun was set to punt the ball away when the snap went over his head and the Bearcats scored a touchdown on the play. Turner was sacked in the end zone for a safety on the next drive and the lead was 30-7. Anderson County continued to tack on the points with a beauty of a touchdown pass to make the score 37-7. Franklin added a 46-yard touchdown run and the Bearcats were on top 44-7 and the running clock started at Community Stadium. The Jackets punched in a late score but the big story continues to be turnovers for the Jackets. "We're just not there with these other teams," said coach Dennis Johnson. "We have to revamp everything we are doing. We just don't have it, man. I'm not sure what else to say. Nothing we have tried has worked and we have no excuses for it. We can't complain and we can't cry, we just have to get back to work and fix this. I thought we played well in the first quarter but we can't make the mistakes we made in the second quarter. We have to be better than that. I thought they dominated us up front from the second quarter on and all we can do is get back to work."

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