• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS football loses to Madison Central 38-6

The Woodford County High School football team lost 38-6 to Madison Central Friday, Aug. 24 in Richmond. The Indians took control of the game with a dominant ground game that kept the Jackets defense on their toes the entire game. The injury-depleted Jackets dressed 33 players for the game while the Indians had 90 players ready to go. “I like the effort that our guys gave tonight,” said WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson. “They played hard and with a lot of heart tonight. We had many kids playing positions that they have never played before and man, they competed as hard as they could have. We have to get healthy, and when we do, I like this team. I am very pleased with how hard they try and play for each other.” WCHS senior Leo Guadagni had a great return on the opening kickoff giving the Jackets excellent field position at their own 39-yard line. The Jackets were forced to punt on their opening drive, and the Indians took over with excellent field position. Madison Central took five minutes off of the game clock on a long drive that resulted in a touchdown and a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. WCHS freshman Grant Garrison came up with a pair of nice tackles on the drive, but the Indians line created rushing lanes for their tailback. The Jackets next drive was shut down on three plays and a short punt that gave the Indians the ball on Woodford's 45-yard line. The Indians again drove down the field and scored on a three-yard touchdown by junior Freddy Chenault. After a successful two-point conversion, the Indians led 15-0. The Jackets, looking for a spark, attempted a fourthdown conversion on their own 15-yard line but were unsuccessful and gave the Indians great field position. The Jackets contained the Indians, but surrendered a 36-yard field goal and trailed 18-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians were once again driving down the field and into the Woodford County red zone when WCHS junior Lucas Brocato came up with a fumble recovery to give possession back to the Jackets on their own 4-yard line. WCHS senior quarterback Kam Sunbom found junior wide receiver Skyelar Johnson streaking down the sideline for a 30-yard pass completion to get the Jacket drive moving. Woodford picked up another first down on short runs by senior Brennan Clark and junior Clayton Berger, but eventually turned over the ball on downs at the 50-yard line. The Indians scored again on an impressive run by Chenault breaking four tackles to score from 33 yards. The Jackets were driving late in the half, but turned the ball over on an interception by Sunbom. With 10-seconds to play in the half, Guadagni returned a punt to the Indians’ 10-yard line, leaving enough time to run one play before halftime. Sunbom was intercepted in the end zone to end the half. Woodford attempted an on-side kick to start the second half, but the Indians recovered and took over with good field position. Clark made a spectacular tackle on Chenault to halt the Indians drive on fourth down and gave Woodford the ball on their own 44-yard line. Woodford turned the ball over on a handoff exchange for the third straight drive with a turnover. The Indians scored two plays later on a 33-yard touchdown pass and led 31-0 midway through the third quarter. The Indians tacked on another score and led 38-0. Clark scored the lone touchdown for the Jackets on a 55-yard scamper down the Woodford sideline late in the fourth quarter. The extra point play was unsuccessful. “This game could have been a different game, but again, we need to clean up our offense,” said Johnson. “I think we need to stop hurrying and let things unfold a bit. We don't have big size, but have good athletes so that is something we can work with going forward. It was a tough week for this program. We weren't sure if we would have enough guys even to play this game. We figured it out and fought hard. I don't like to lose, but man I am so proud of these kids.”

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