• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Jackets lose 48-20 in homecoming game

WCHS JUNIOR SKYELAR JOHNSON runs over a Montgomery County defender in the Jackets’ loss to the Indians Oct. 19. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School football team lost 48-20 to Montgomery County in the homecoming game Friday, Oct. 19 at Community Stadium. The Indians executed long touchdown plays and the Jackets could not answer the offensive firepower of its opponent. The Indians blew the game wide open in the second half and shut down the Jackets’ offense that had been averaging 39 points over its previous five games. The Indians took the opening drive down the field for a two-yard touchdown run by junior Josh Wheaton and led 7-0. The Jackets had a pair of chances to stop the Indians earlier in the drive, but an encroachment penalty and a few missed tackled kept the Indians' offense on the field. Woodford's opening drive resulted in a punt by senior Leo Guadagni. On Montgomery County's next possession, the Jackets gave up a 48-yard run by Wheaton on fourth down. Two plays later, Wheaton scored on a 12-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14-0. WCHS sophomore JD Alexander had a terrific kick return to the Indians' 43-yard line to end the first quarter. Junior running back Amartae Rice broke a nifty 15 yard run for a first down, but the Indians defense dug in and forced a fourth down for the Jackets. Guadagni connected with Skyelar Johnson on a 45-yard pass. Three plays later, Rice scored on a three-yard run. The Jackets trailed 14-7 early in the second quarter. The Indians responded with a 37-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Devin Johnson. Johnson caught the pass and broke a pair of tackles for the score. The extra-point conversion was good to increase the lead to 21-7. After the two teams exchanged punts, Guadagni threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to senior Ryan Duke with three-and-a-half minutes to play in the half to cut the deficit to 21-14. Three plays later, the Indians scored on a 63-yard touchdown reception by Pharoah Davis from quarterback Trey Ishmael. The Indians led 28-14 at halftime. WCHS senior Ben Nash began the second half with a terrific kickoff return to the Indians' 35-yard line. Rice carried the ball down to the Indians 12 yard line and later scored on a 6-yard run. The extra-point attempt failed due to a low snap and fumble. The Jackets trailed 28-20 early in the third quarter. The Indians scored quickly on a 48-yard touchdown run by Wheaton. After a failed extra-point try, the Indians led 34-20 midway through the third quarter. The Jackets next drive stalled, and they turned the ball over on downs. The Indians scored on the next play on a 59-yard touchdown pass completion from Ishmael to Davis. After the extra-point, the Indians led 41-20. The rain began to fall sideways in the third quarter, and the Jackets offense stalled once again, giving great field position to the Indians’ offense. The Indians scored on a 48-yard touchdown reception by Davis and led 48-20 late in the third quarter. The Jackets failed to muster any offense in the fourth quarter, and the clock expired with Woodford losing its fifth game in a row. The Jackets close its regular season Friday, Oct. 26 when they host West Jessamine at 7:30 p.m.

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