• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Jackets roughed up at Anderson County 49-19

The Woodford County High School football team suffered a 49-19 loss at Anderson County Friday, Oct. 5. The Bearcats were physically dominant for the entire game and left Woodford County asking how they can compete with much stronger and quicker teams. “We have to get a lot tougher, and that's the bottom line,” said WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson. “We spent a lot of time drawing up schemes, and we aren't tackling or making any plays. It's hard to win if you can't do those things. They whipped us up front, and they were more physical. That's a good football team we played tonight. I thought we had good energy coming into the game, but we played like we practiced this week. It wasn't a good week of practice, and we carried it onto the field tonight.” The Bearcats began the game with a four-play touchdown drive punctuated by a 24-yard touchdown run. The Bearcats pushed Woodford's defensive line back and created a massive hole for the score. After a short kick return by WCHS senior Ben Nash, fellow senior Leo Guadagni scored on a 63-yard touchdown run. Guadagni evaded five Bearcat defenders before breaking free for the score. Joey Whitehead's extra-point attempt was successful, and the game was tied 7-7 early in the first quarter. Anderson County quickly responded with a 44-yard touchdown run by sophomore Charles Collins. The Bearcats tacked on a two-point conversion to lead 15-7. After a Jacket punt, the Bearcats scored again on a 55-yard touchdown pass reception by Collins. A scuffle broke out at midfield, and four penalty flags were thrown. An Anderson County lineman was ejected from the game. The Bearcats extra-point attempt was unsuccessful, and they led 21-7 late in the first quarter. Woodford's next possession was eventful. Guadagni was sacked for a 10-yard loss; then Coy Hayes was tackled for no gain on second down. A penalty was called against the Jackets on third down, and the Jackets punted facing third down and 25-yards to go. Early in the second quarter, Anderson County scored again on a 58-yard touchdown run to take a 28-7 lead. On Woodford's next possession, the Jackets attempted a fake punt from their own 13-yard line. Guadagni's pass was complete to Nash but was not enough for the first down. Anderson County took over at Woodford's 30-yard line. The Bearcats tacked on six more points with 90 seconds to play in the half. The Jackets took a knee and ran out the clock in the first half, trailing 34-7. Woodford scored on a Guadagni’s two-yard touchdown pass, but the Bearcats continued to control the game throughout the second half. Midway through the third quarter, the officials signaled for a running clock. With time winding down in the game, the Bearcats were still running the ball through the Woodford defense. The Bearcats walked off the field with 30 seconds to play and began to celebrate. Woodford begins a stretch of three home games Friday night to close out the regular season when they take on Madison Southern at 7:30 at Community Stadium.

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