• By J.T. Marshall and John McGary

Jackets comeback falls short at fourth-ranked Franklin County, After positive COVID test team goes i

The Woodford County Yellow Jackets were within a touchdown in the second half Friday at fourth-ranked Franklin County, but the Flyers turned on the jets the rest of the way and won 40-22. Over the weekend, a Franklin County player tested positive for COVID-19, and Monday, a Yellow Jacket player did, too. Both teams and their staffs are in quarantine for two weeks. WCHS Head Coach Dennis Johnson, who’s also the school’s athletic director, said Friday’s game against Frankfort High School will be rescheduled and he was in the process of asking to delay the following week’s game against Madison Southern High School. “We have to reschedule both of those district games, because we won’t come out of quarantine until Oct. 3,” Johnson said. Franklin County The Jackets were coming off a 35-13 win in their home opener over Great Crossing last week, and Johnson acknowledged that Franklin County would be a step up in competition. The majority of the first quarter was a defensive showdown. The Flyers landed the first blow with a touchdown late in the first quarter to make it 6-0, then missed the extra point. With 11:30 to go in the second quarter, the Flyers extended their lead with an 80-yard touchdown and added a touchdown and two-point conversion at the 9:30 mark in the second quarter, making it 20-0. The Jackets fought back. Preston Stacy scored the first Yellow Jacket touchdown with 3:40 to go in the half with a rushing TD, making the score 20-7 Flyers. The Yellow Jackets stung first in the second half, with a 60-yard scoring pass from Bryce Patterson to Nick O’ Toole, making it 20-14 Flyers. Coy Hayes scored later, followed by a 2-point conversion. Most of the second half, however, belonged to the Flyers. The Jackets had a couple of offensive drives in the fourth quarter, but were unable to find the end zone. The 40-22 loss puts WCHS at 1-1 on the season. Johnson said he was proud his squad had a chance to cut the deficit to seven in the fourth quarter, on the road, against an excellent team. “It was definitely a good game,” he told the Sun. “I’m usually very disappointed when we lose, but I was very encouraged by my guys. I think we’re growing. …” What’s ahead Johnson said members of the team and staff don’t have to get tested for COVID-19, but he believes most of his players would. Many have already been tested, he said. A family member of the player who tested positive said he began showing symptoms Monday. “ … I hate this,” Johnson said of his player’s illness and the next few games being delayed, “because I think our program’s moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to bounce back, but I see a ton of growth in our program and we’re moving in the right direction.” Johnson also said despite the COVID scare and delayed games, the team’s morale is good. “I told our kids, ‘There’s never a moral victory in high school because they have a scoreboard.’ We’ve got to keep working. Once we get back, we’ll kind of have to reset and restart …” Johnson said he and the other coaches held a Zoom meeting Monday to review game film and that he emailed his players to say they have to stay the course. “It’s just a minor setback, and we’ll be back at it and we’ll start this thing again and try to keep it rolling,” Johnson said. “Life has challenges, and like I told my guys, ‘Everybody has to sacrifice and do what you can do where you’re at it. Be where your feet are and we’ll get going and move on.’”

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