• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports Sun Editor

WCMS football suffers loss to Crawford

The Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade football team lost 36-6 to Crawford Saturday, Aug. 11 at Frederick Douglass High School. Crawford controlled the entire first half holding the Tigers to negative yardage.

"Right now we are seeking more heart," said WCMS Coach Dave Thomas. "When they face adversity, they don't know how to fight yet. We are still working on that. When it clicks, they will know it. We had so many plays where we needed one more block, but it didn't happen for us. I told the guys that we need to find a way to come together and that is what we will work on going forward."

After a quick touchdown, the Cougars struck for a 50-yard touchdown run for a 16-0 lead after the two-point conversion. After punting the ball back to Crawford, the Tigers looked to gain momentum when they stopped the Cougars on fourth down to take possession.

Tiger quarterback Sawyer Ford was hit as he threw a pass and was intercepted. The Cougars scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass on the next play and took a 22-0 lead into halftime.

"We are just trying to get better right now," said WCMS rguard Aaron Turner. "We are trying to grow as a team and start to believe in ourselves. I think that's all we can hope for right now."

The Tigers attempted an on-side kick to start the second half, but the Cougars recovered. The Tigers were flagged for a facemask penalty on the play putting the ball on their 30-yard line. The Cougars scored on a 20-yard touchdown run and converted the two-point attempt to take a 30-0 lead.

The Cougars added a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the final 10 minutes of the game and led 36-0. The Tigers scored in the final minute on a touchdown pass from Ford to Abdul Bilal. The extra-point attempt was no good. "I think we did well on defense," said Bilal. "I know the score may not show that, but there were so many plays where we came so close. We need to keep working hard, and I hope we can see the results."

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