• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Tigers’ season ends at Meade County, 14-11

WCMS EIGHTH-GRADER DAKOTA HOBBS scored on a two-point conversion in the Tigers’ 14-11 loss at Meade County Oct. 6. (File photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade football team's season came to an end Saturday, Oct. 6 with a 14-11 loss at Meade County. The Tigers had a chance to tie but went for the win with seconds remaining in the game. "We played a team with a lot of tradition and unfortunately we came up on the short end," said WCMS Coach Dave Thomas. "They simply made one play more than we did." After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers scored first on a field goal by Sawyer Ford and led 3-0 late in the first half. Meade County took the Tigers' kickoff and drove down the field quickly and scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion with 30 seconds to play in the half. The Tigers took a 11-8 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Abdul Bilal and a two-point conversion by Dakota Hobbs. Meade County regained the lead on a long smash-mouth drive that chewed up the clock. The Tigers stopped the two-point conversion but trailed 14-11 with three-and-a-half minutes to play. The Tigers began the drive with terrific field position at midfield. Ford completed a 20-yard pass to Bilal for the first down with less than three minutes remaining. After a pair of short runs by the Tigers, Bilal gained a first down with a terrific run down the left side of the field to get inside the Meade County 10-yard line. With less than a minute to play, Ford ran a quarterback sneak to the two-yard line and then Bilal was tackled for a loss. With time for one last play, the Tigers lined up for a game-tying field goal. Woodford faked the kick and Ford's pass was incomplete to end the game. "We had a chance at the end of the game to either kick the field goal and tie the game or go for the win," said Thomas. "We were on the road against a good team that had just stolen our momentum by making a tackle for a loss just before the final play. We have the best middle school kicker in the state on our team and he probably had the leg to kick it. We lost Hobbs after he scored the two-point conversion on our previous score and I saw an opportunity for us to get out of town with a win. I put it up to the kids and they wanted to play for the win, and that's what we did. We faked the kick on a direct snap to Sawyer (Ford) and he made a good throw to Alex Owens. But unfortunately their defender made a great play and we missed the connection. Losing the way we did is something I can live with. We fought to the very last second and I am proud of these kids for that fight. We did some things this year that WCMS hasn't seen in a while. I told my kids to hold their heads high because they had nothing to be ashamed of."

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