• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sport Editor

Jackets lose to Franklin County; open season 0-3

The Woodford County High School football team lost 48-24 to Franklin County Sept. 1. The game was initially scheduled as a home game for the Flyers on Aug. 31, but weather canceled the game, and it was instead played at Community Stadium as a home game for the Flyers.

The Jackets started WCHS senior Leo Guadagni at quarterback in place of Kam Sunbom, who is no longer with the team. The Jackets' losing streak is now at 20 games and dates back to Sept. 16, 2016.

The Jackets scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 61-yard halfback pass by WCHS senior Ryan Duke to junior Skyelar Johnson. The extra-point attempt failed. After the kickoff, the Flyers were driving down the field and controlling the line of scrimmage, but the Jackets came up with a fumble recovery and regained possession at midfield.

Guadagni's quarterback keeper for a 52-yard touchdown was called back on a holding penalty, and the Jackets fumbled two plays later to give the Flyers excellent field position.

The Flyers scored on a 32-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 6-6. On the following drive, Guadagni threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Jeron Grider to give Woodford a 12-6 lead. The extra-point attempt was wide right. The Jackets stopped the Flyers on their next drive and were on the move again after a 27-yard run by Guadagni, but another fumble by the Jackets gave the Flyers the ball on Woodford's 38-yard line.

The Flyers took the lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Nick Broyles. The Flyers scored the two-point conversion and took a 14-12 lead. The Jackets were driving again when Guadagni's pass was intercepted at the Flyers 5-yard line to end the first quarter.

The Flyers drove 95 yards to take a 20-12 lead early in the second quarter. After WCHS junior Triston Brooks recovered the onside kick, the Jackets fumbled again. The Flyers scored on Broyles' touchdown pass and took a 27-12 lead with two minutes to play.

Broyles added another touchdown just before the end of the half on a run through the left side of the Woodford defensive line. The Flyers led 33-12 at halftime. The Flyers struck on a 53-yard touchdown by Broyles pass to take a 40-12 lead to open the second half.

The Jackets punted, and the Flyers increased their lead to 48-12 to start a running clock. The Jackets scored on a short touchdown run by Guadagni midway through the fourth quarter and recovered the onside kick. After a pair of runs by WCHS sophomore JD Alexander, WCHS senior Brennan Clark scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Flyers ran out the clock.

"We had some moments today, we just can't hang on to the ball," said WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson. "We keep hurting ourselves with these turnovers, and that is bad coaching, So we have to better."

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