• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Tigers win second in a row

WCMS EIGHTH-GRADER ABDUL BILAL scored on an 80-yard touchdown run in the Tigers’ win over McNabb Aug. 30 (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade football team beat McNabb, 14-6 Thursday, Aug. 30, in Montgomery County. The game was a stalemate until the fourth quarter when the Tigers struck first on an 80-yard touchdown run by Abdul Bilal. The speedy back went off tackle to the right side and broke the long run and gave the Tigers the lead. Woodford tacked on a two-point conversion and led 8-0 early in the fourth quarter. McNabb responded with a 65-yard touchdown run but was unsuccessful at the two-point conversion.

After stopping the Tigers on fourth down, McNabb took over again and was driving down the field with its passing game. The Tigers made a miraculous stop on fourth down to regain possession at their one-foot line. With a lead and 46-seconds to play, the Tigers knew they needed to gain a couple of yards to run out the game clock, said WCMS Coach Dave Thomas. "We knew they were going to try and get the safety, so I challenged our front line to make a big push and give us some room," said Thomas. "At halftime, I had talked to my quarterback and center and asked if we could get a hard yard on a sneak if we needed one and they said yes. We knew we had to try it." The Tigers called a quarterback sneak, and Sawyer Ford took the ball 99-yards for the touchdown.

"Two weeks in a row we have faced some adversity and these kids look it right in the eye and compete," said Thomas. "The win over Bourbon County gave us a taste of winning and it was nice to watch them earn this one. "

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