• By Piper McCoun Woodford Sun Sports

WCHS beats Collins 46-29

JUMPING FOR JOY: WCHS Yellow Jackets JD Alexander, left, and Jackson Geilear celebrated after a touchdown reception by Alexander during last Friday’s home win over Collins High School. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

JACKSON GEILEAR was one of several Yellow Jackets who spent time in the Collins’ end zone last Friday at Community Stadium, as the Jackets snapped the Titans’ five-game winning streak with a 46-29 victory. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

The Woodford County Yellow Jackets nearly reached the half-century mark against Collins last Friday at Community Stadium, coming away with a 46-29 win. With WCHS celebrating Homecoming all week, the players came into the game energized and ready to end Collins’ five-game winning streak. Woodford County began the game with an onside kick, which put the Titans in great position at the 39-yard line, from where they eventually put the first seven points on the board. With no hesitation, the Jackets struck back with a series of first downs on the ground and in the air, ending the drive with a QB draw and score by Bryce Patterson. Huge defensive plays by the Yellow Jackets, including a pivotal stop by linebacker Jackson Geilear, forced Collins to punt. After a great punt return by Jacob Jackson, the Jackets drove for another touchdown. Collins’ offense was quick to strike back, scoring another TD along with the extra point. A combined effort from running backs Preston Stacy and Geilear put the Jackets in the position to throw the ball into the end zone, making the score 19-14, Jackets. Great defensive efforts by Woodford County eventually led to a fumble recovery at its own 14-yard line. After a third down stop by the Collins defense, Woodford County was forced to punt, which turned into a seven-point drive by Collins, proving to the Jackets that the main priority of the defense would be to cover Kenyon Goodin, who scored 18 of the Titans’ 29 points. Before the end of the half, Preston Stacy had a 28-yard rushing touchdown, which left WCHS up 25-21 at the half. The Jackets opened up the second half with a touchdown drive, then gave up a TD pass to Goodin and a successful two-point conversion, and Collins made it a two-possession game. The last five minutes of the third quarter consisted of pivotal stops by both teams. The Jackets’ failed flick to the right side resulted in a fumble recovery for Collins, while WCHS senior JD Alexander showcased his athleticism and football IQ with a sack, leaving Collins scoreless at 4th and 14. Woodford County opened up the 4th quarter with a rushing touchdown by Stacy, who ran for 240 yards. Beautiful execution by the Woodford County defense and yet another sack by Alexander gave the Jackets the ball at their 39-yard line. Stacy, breaking huge tackles, ran 46 yards and put the Jackets on the Collins 15-yard line. Geilear scored the next six for Woodford County, and the extra point was good, leaving the Jackets up 46-29 at the end of the game. “We made some good halftime adjustments,” said WCHS Coach Dennis Johnson. “We gave up one early, which hurt us. Number 8 (Goodin) is a good football player, and I think we made a good halftime adjustment which enabled us to win. We made some plays. Got a few turnovers, and then the defense made some key third down stops in the fourth quarter we didn’t make in the first half.” Of Stacy, the junior transfer from Henry Clay, Johnson said, “I knew he had it in him… and he’s just a great player. So we just told him to trust himself, we got him in the meeting room this week and really taught him, so he’s going to be a stud. He’s a great running back. He’s good, (Jackson) Geilear’s good, (Isaac) Reed’s good, but it was just a precious night tonight.” The Yellow Jackets are now 2-2 on the season.

Next Game: East Jessamine Friday Commonwealth Stadium 7:30 p.m.

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