• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Jackets end 20-game losing streak in 63-20 win over Rockcastle County

The Woodford County High School football team snapped a 20-game losing streak with a 63-20 win over Rockcastle County Friday, Sept. 7 at Community Stadium. Friday night's game was also Hall of Fame Night for Woodford County Public Schools and a packed house was on hand to see the Jackets grab their first win since September 16, 2016. The Jackets dominated the game from start to finish and were led by a strong effort by their offensive line. The Jackets piled up rushing touchdowns, and the visiting Rockets did not have an answer. “We just had fun playing football tonight," said WCHS senior Ben Nash. "We played with an edge, and we took care of the ball. This feels really good right now." The Rockets started the game with an onside kick, but the jackets recovered and began to pound the ball. WCHS senior Brennan Clark opened the game with a 23-yard run, and the Jackets were inside the Rockets 50-yard line. Three plays later WCHS senior quarterback Leo Guadagni was intercepted to end the drive. After the Jackets defense held the Rockets, Guadagni returned the punt down to the Rockcastle County 23-yard line. WCHS junior Amartae Rice scored on the next play on a 23-yard scamper down the right sideline. The extra-point was good by sophomore kicker Joey Whitehead. WCHS senior Ryan Duke ran the ball 30 yards down the field before being tackled at the Rockets' 2-yard line. Rice scored his second touchdown of the game on a run up the heart of the Rockets' defenseto give the Jackets a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. WCHS freshman Grant Garrison sacked the Rockets quarterback on third and long to force a punt. Two plays later, Clark broke a pair of tackles and scored on a 55-yard touchdown run to give the Jackets a 21-0 lead. "We have put blood, sweat, and tears into this season and we know how much a game like this means to this program," said Clark. "Everyone was focused, and we had a good feeling about tonight. It's a good feeling when you can execute a game plan and take care of the ball like we did tonight." On the Rockets' next possession, Clark sacked the quarterback on third down to force another punt for Rockcastle County. Clark added another long touchdown run to give Woodford County a 27-0 lead. The Rockets scored on a 66-yard touchdown run by Logan Brown to cut Woodford's lead to 27-6. Three plays later, Duke scored on a 60-yard touchdown run after cutting left past a pair of Rocket defenders to take it to the house. After a low snap, Guadagni picked up the ball and ran to the left side for the two-point conversion, which gave Woodford a 35-6 lead. "The crowd was fantastic tonight, and they got us going early on," said Duke. "We showed out for the crowd tonight. Our offensive line was incredible tonight, and they crushed their defense every chance they could." Late in the second quarter, Duke threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to junior Skyelar Johnson to give the Jackets a 42-6 lead. On the final play of the half, WCHS junior Sidney Mudd intercepted the Rockets' pass in the end zone and returned it 105 yards for the touchdown as time expired. The Jackets led 49-6 at halftime. The Rockets fumbled on its first possession of the second half and it was recovered by WCHS junior Triston Brooks. Rice scored on a 31-yard touchdown run to give Woodford a 56-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. Rice tacked on his fourth rushing touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter. As time expired, the WCHS student section rushed the field and celebrated with the team. "It was a tremendous atmosphere here tonight," said WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson. "These guys are getting better every day, and I told them when you keep doing good things, more good things will happen for you. Tonight was a big win for us, for our community and I am proud of my kids tonight. A lot of kids made big plays tonight; everyone is feeling good right now."

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