Jackets’ comeback falls short against Madison Southern
The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets were back in action last Friday, nearly coming back from a huge deficit to lose to Madison Southern, 29-27, in Community Stadium. After a Yellow Jacket tested positive for the coronavirus, the team was quarantined for two weeks, and had just five days of practice before the game. “Practices were good,” said head coach Dennis Johnson. “We had to start them out slow, like starting over. We didn’t have too much contact, you have to get them back in the flow, get their bodies ready.” The lack of games and practice showed in the first quarter as Madison Southern scored on the first play from scrimmage and went on to score 29 points in the first quarter, as the Jackets weren’t clicking on offense or defense. With a couple of minutes left in the first quarter, the defense woke up and didn’t allow a single point the rest of the game. “We made some adjustments and the kids really picked it up well,” Johnson said. Preston Stacy scored the first WCHS touchdown of the game with 10:21 left in the first half. Later in the second quarter, Bryce Patterson scored the Yellow Jackets second TD, making it 29-14 Eagles at the half. The Jackets’ momentum on defense didn’t stop in the second half, as they smothered the Eagles play after play. The Eagles defense did their job in the third quarter as well, keeping the Jacket offense out of the end zone. Jackson Geilear came up with a big-time interception in the fourth quarter, setting up a scoring drive for the Jackets that ended when Preston Stacy caught a pass from Bryce Patterson in the corner of the end zone with 9:29 remaining. After a missed field goal, the score was 29-20. The Woodford defense never gave up, as the Eagles drove down to the Yellow Jacket one-yard line with only a few minutes left, but were stopped without a score and had to turn it over on downs. The Jackets proceeded to march 99 yards down the field, firing on all offensive cylinders and capping off the drive with a Patterson rushing touchdown, his second of the game. After the extra point, the score was 29-27 Madison Southern. The Jackets attempted an onside kick, but an Eagle player fell on it, and Madison Southern took a knee to end the game. Johnson said of his defense, “We really did a good job of forcing three and outs … so we could get the ball back. After that first quarter, we really settled down and were able to play a bit.” Of his offensive leaders, he said, “I thought Bryce threw the ball extremely well, also scoring two rushing touchdowns. He is getting better as an overall leader. I also think you haven’t seen the best from Preston Stacy yet. He rushed for over 100 yards, caught a touchdown pass, and had three tackles on defense. He’s a great athlete and we look forward to even more from Preston going forward.” Woodford County moves to 1-2 on the season. Next Friday at 7:30 p.m., Jackets take on Collins at home. Photos from this game and previous games can be viewed at jacketphotos.com.