• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports Sun Editor

New look Jackets gearing up for season

THE WCHS FOOTBALL TEAM began practice with pads on Tuesday, July 24.  Regular season play begins in two weeks. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School football team is preparing for a bounce back season after an 0-11 record in 2017. The Jackets were prone to turnovers and were injury riddled the entire season a year ago. This season, WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson aims to stay healthy and build depth on both sides of the ball.

“We don’t have huge numbers in terms of how many kids came out to play ball so we have to be smart about who we play and where they play,” said Johnson. “We have a terrific group of seniors who have been through wars on the field and played tons of varsity snaps. Our seniors have brought leadership to this team since day one and I am pleased with the maturity we are seeing.” The Jackets also brought in a new offensive coordinator this season, Matt Pelesasa. The Jackets say that their focus is to be an effective running team and hopefully free up opportunities for senior quarterback Kam Sunbom. “The team will go as Kam Sunbom goes,” said Johnson. “Kam has a big role for this team and we know he’s working hard. If he plays smart and takes care of the football, we can be an effective football team.” The Jackets open the season, Aug. 16 at Danville in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic at 8 p.m. Six of the first seven games of the season take place on the road. The first WCHS home game of the season is Sept. 7 against Rockcastle County at 7:30, and the WCPS Hall of Fame will be introduced at halftime. Recently, the Jackets spent time removing storm debris from teammate Lucas Brocato’s home on Main Street.

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