• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Tigers beat Scott County in overtime

The Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade football team earned a dramatic 20-14 win at Scott County, Sept. 13. The Tigers dominated the first half but let Scott County back into the game in the second half. A last minute score by the Cardinals forced overtime. Scott County returned the opening kickoff down to the WCMS 15 yard line. The Tigers held the Cardinals offense on fourth down and took over inside their own 20. On the Tigers' first play from scrimmage, quarterback Sawyer Ford broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run. Ford kicked the extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. WCMS defensive lineman Dakota Hobbs made a huge play to begin the Cardinals next drive. Hobbs grabbed the Scott County running back and dragged him to the ground for a loss of three yards. The Tigers' defense stopped the Cardinals on fourth down and took possession with terrific field position. On the next play, Ford ran for a nine yard gain on a quarterback keeper up the middle to end the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Ford pitched to De'Brince Johnson who was tackled for a loss of four yards. A few plays later, Abdul Bilal broke a nifty 35-yard touchdown run. Ford's extra point was good to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead with six minutes to play in the first half. The Cardinals' running game began to drive them down the field midway through the second quarter. The Tigers' defense came up big inside their own red zone creating a fumble that was recovered on the Woodford County sideline to give the Tigers possession with time running down in the half. On the next possession, the Tigers were called for a pair of holding penalties, negating 25-and-30-yard runs. The Tigers led 14-0 at halftime. Scott County began the second half with a long drive that wore down the Tigers defense. The Tigers ran the ball up the middle and eventually scored on a short run down the Woodford sideline. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful and the Tigers led 14-6 at the end of three quarters. Scott County made a dramatic drive down the field with time expiring in the fourth quarter. On the last play of regulation, the Cardinals scored and made the two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Tigers defense stopped the Cardinals on fourth down to start overtime. The Tigers drove the ball down to the Scott County two yard line and were facing fourth and goal. Ford handed off to Hobbs who rumbled into the endzone to win the game. “I loved our fight in this game,” said WCMS Coach Dave Thomas. “Our kids believed they could win and we dominated that first half. We let up mentally in the second half and let a solid team back in the game .But, in the end we refused to lose this football game. We had some things that didn’t go our way on the field and I told the kids at that despite all thats happened that were still going to win this football game. I’m really proud of them.”

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