• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Tigers win Seth Carnahan Memorial Bowl Game

THE WCMS EIGHTH-GRADE FOOTBALL TEAM won the Seth Carnahan Memorial Bowl Game over Anderson County Sept. 22. (Photo by Marla Carroll)

The Woodford County Middle School football team beat Anderson County 10-6 in the Seth Carnahan Memorial Bowl Game Saturday, Sept. 22 in Lawrenceburg. The Mustangs scored first on a 63 yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The extra-point attempt was unsuccessful. The Tigers' defense regrouped after the score and stopped the Mustangs for the remainder of the game. The Tigers forced numerous turnovers on downs. The Tigers had a touchdown pass called back on a holding penalty with seconds to go in the first half. The Mustangs took a 6-0 lead into the break. The Tigers drove down the field to start the second half on a reception and run by Abdul Bilal and got on the board with a 27-yard field goal by Sawyer Ford to cut the Mustangs' lead to 6-3. With three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Ford scored on a quarterback sneak and kicked the extra-point to give the Tigers a 10-6 lead. The Mustangs blocked Ford's field goal attempt with less than a minute to play and began to drive down the field. With two seconds to play, the Tigers denied a Hail-Mary pass into the end zone to win the game. Tigers lose to Elkhorn, 22-14 The Tigers' lost 22-14 at Elkhorn Thursday, Sept. 20. The matchup was physical with both teams featuring a power run game. "We finished this game with a lot of fight," said WCMS Coach Dave Thomas. "Unlike earlier this season, we didn't give up this time. We fought until the final whistle, but it was much too late. We'll take our lessons we learned into our game with Anderson County and then into the playoffs. We have the makings of what could be a special team, and we are going to be a hard out for anyone in the playoffs.” The Tigers successfully executed an onside kick to begin the game and took possesion around midfield. After a pair of short sains on the ground, Ford was intercepted on a deep pass. Elkhorn returned the ball to their 38-yard line. A personal foul was called on the Tigers for a face mask, which gave the Elks possession in Woodford territory. Elkhorn drove the ball down the field with a strong running game that kept the Tiger defense guessing. The Elks took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on a short touchdown run. The two-point conversion try was unsuccessful. After a first down run by Abdul Bilal, the Tigers were tackled for a loss on consecutive plays before Ford's pass was intercepted on third and long to start the second quarter. The Elks added to their lead with a 60-yard touchdown run but the Tigers drove down the field to score on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Ford to Caleb Brown. Hobbs scored the two-point conversion to cut into Elkhorn's lead 22-8 in the third quarter. With time ticking away,Hobbs rumbled into the end zone on a short run late in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion try was unsuccessful and the Tigers trailed 22-14. Elkhorn recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out to win the game.

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