By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WILLIAMSBURG — Many expected Friday’s game between Class A rivals Williamsburg and Harlan to be an exciting and close game.
It lived up to the exciting part, but that’s all, as Jerry Herron’s Yellow Jackets dominated the Green Dragons on both sides of the ball while cruising to an easy 36-0 win over the outmatched Harlan squad.
Williamsburg took control of the game early by taking a 30-0 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 252 yards of total offense and never looked back.
“The kids came out and did what we wanted them to do and I can’t be any happier,” Herron said. “We’re very pleased with the win. The kids came out ready to play.
“Coach (J.B.) Donahue always has his team ready to play and it was like an old-time street fight out there and we were fortunate enough to come away with the win,” he added. “We just need to continue to execute on both sides of the ball.”
The Yellow Jackets dominated the action in the first half and scored twice through the air behind Dalton Sizemore’s 10-of-16 passing effort during the game’s first 24 minutes of play.
Both Shelton (38-yard TD reception) and Skylar Griffith (six-yard TD reception) were on the receiving end of the touchdown passes, as Griffith’s touchdown late in the second quarter extended his team’s lead to 30-0.
Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter, but Williamsburg got back in the end zone late in the fourth quarter after Sizemore and Shelton hooked up for another touchdown reception to increase the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 36-0, while capping off a 14-play, 98-yard drive.
Williamsburg totaled 368 yards total offense, as Sizemore completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 220 passing yards and three touchdowns. Shelton led all receivers with seven catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns while Griffith finished with four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
The Yellow Jackets ran for 148 yards with Jefferson Patrick led the team with 89 yards on 14 carries while Chase Lowrie had 42 yards on four carries.
Herron said he decided to let his offensive line loose this game and it turned out to be a great idea.
“We’ve been pass blocking really well and in this game, we figured we would let our run blocking loose and we almost ran for 200 yards,” he said. “Both sides of the ball played well tonight.”
Williamsburg shows rest of class it is for real after 36-0 win over Harlan
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
- Local News
10 arrested for drugs after investigation
Ten people were arrested Thursday following a three-month investigation of illegal drug activity, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 — London Public Affairs Officer Trooper Lloyd Cochran.
Jury trial May 14 for man in murder case
A man facing murder charges after the December 2012 beating death of a Corinth Community man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Thursday.
Police Roundup - April 18, 2014
Two parents were charged with child endangerment early Thursday after they walked to Wal-Mart in North Corbin with a toddler, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Council members approve budget amendment
Barbourville City Council members held the second reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Thursday — with no one there to hear it.
London-Laurel Tourism Commission budget approved
The 2014-2015 budget for the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission was approved at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Co-Director Kim Collier.
London-Laurel Chamber holds monthly meeting
The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the Jackson Energy Cooperative Community Room.
Budget amendment gets first read
Barbourville City Council members held the first reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Wednesday.
Community garden meeting coming April 25
Some folks in Knox County are looking at bringing some green space to Barbourville, and they need some help. But first, they’ll have an informational meeting on the community garden project next Friday, April 25.
Crash on Wyan Road seriously injures two
Two men remain in a Lexington hospital with serious injuries Wednesday, after they were involved in a one-car crash west of London Tuesday evening.
Public meeting at Goldbug Vol. Fire and Rescue Dept.
A public meeting is slated for 8 p.m. tonight at Goldbug Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, located at 869 Highway 26, Williamsburg.
- More Local News Headlines
- 10 arrested for drugs after investigation