• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Tigers shut out on 8th-grade night

WCMS EIGHTH-GRADERS charged the field to start their final home game of the season. The Tigers lost 26-0 to Harrison County. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School football team suffered a 26-0 loss to Harrison County on 8th-grade night Thursday, Sept. 6. The Colts played a physical brand of football that surprised the Tigers defense and kept them on their heels the entire game. "We played like we practiced this week," said WCMS Coach Dave Thomas. "Monday was the holiday, and we had some kids miss practice and Tuesday we looked like we were still on vacation. We knew the type of football that they were going to try and bring tonight. We just couldn't stop it. Our guys have to remember to keep fighting when things go wrong." The Colts opened the game with a pair of runs to the left side of the Tiger defense and later scored on a run up the middle. The Tigers could not advance the ball in their opening drive and punted to the Colts. Harrison County's next drive resulted in a 50-yard touchdown run, and they tacked on a two-point conversion to lead 14-0. WCMS quarterback Sawyer Ford's pass was intercepted by the Colts and returned to the Tigers' 26-yard line. The Colts' smash-mouth running game scored again and increased their lead to 20-0 in the first quarter. The Tigers recovered the onside kick and began to move the ball down the field on a nifty first down run by Abdul Bilal. Two plays later, Ford was intercepted for the second time, and the Colts again had fantastic field position. After a fumbled snap by Harrison County, the ball was recovered but the Colts ran in for a touchdown, giving them a 26-0 lead at halftime. The Tigers fumbled the ball on the opening drive of the second half but stopped the Colts from doing any further damage. In the fourth quarter, Ford scored on a 10-yard run, but the touchdown was called back on a holding penalty. The Tigers turned the ball over on downs with 20 seconds to play in the game and Harrison County ran out the clock. "We got smacked in the mouth by a good football team," said Thomas. "We told our guys all week that they needed to wrap guys up to make tackles. We failed to execute much of anything tonight. On a talent level, they are not 26 points better than us, but their mentality was that much better. I think we will turn up the heat at practice like we did after the Crawford game. It starts with the coaches and down to the players, we need to be better."

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