WCHS football season ends in loss at Covington Catholic
"We ran into a juggernaut of a football team tonight," said WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson. "That's probably the number one team in the state, and we came in here beat up after a long season. We doubled what we did last year, and I am pleased with how we improved on last year. I am proud of how our guys competed, and we will work on getting bigger and stronger for next season."
Junior Dillon Taylor started Woodford's opening possession at quarterback, and senior Leo Guadagni slid over to play wide receiver. The Jackets offense stalled on the opening possession and were forced to punt. The Colonels scored on their opening possession on a five-yard scamper by senior tailback Casey McGinness.
Woodford struggled again with the ball in their hands. Junior Amartae Rice could not find any room to run against the stout Colonels defensive front. Guadagni tried a quarterback sneak and was tackled for a loss and then tried a quick screen pass to senior Ryan Duke and that was stopped for a loss as well. The Jackets were facing a fourth down and 13 yards to go when the Colonels were penalized to give Woodford a short fourth down opportunity. The Jackets gambled on fourth down, but the Colonels defense stopped Rice and took over deep in Jacket territory.
McGinness scored on a 16-yard touchdown for the Colonels and extended the lead to 14-0. The Jackets turned the ball over on downs, and the Colonels extended their lead to 21-0 on a 45-yard touchdown pass with five minutes to play in the first quarter. Woodford's defense was visibly frustrated by the lack of success in stopping the Colonels. Sophomore JD Alexander was pumping up his team on the field shouting "Let's go. Get in the game."
The Jacket defense found success for the first time in the final seconds of the first quarter when Taylor struck the quarterback and forced a fumble. Alexander scooped up the loose ball to give the Jackets momentum heading into the second quarter.
The Jackets could not muster a first down and Guadagni's punt attempt was blocked by the Colonels. Woodford's defense continued to fight and limit the damage. A pair of big hits by junior Triston Brooks and a sack by freshman Grant Garrison stopped the bleeding for a moment. The Colonels eventually were able to overpower the Jackets and scored to take a 28-0 lead.
Alexander earned a first down on a 14-yard carry up the middle to get the Jackets close to midfield. Woodford tried a reverse to senior Ben Nash, but the Colonels were ready to make the stop. The Jackets turned the ball over on downs and McGinniss scored his fourth touchdown of the game. After a two-point conversion, the Colonels led 36-0, and a running clock started with 90 seconds in the second quarter. The Jackets continued to struggle in the second half. The Colonels added a couple of scores and ran out the clock.