By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — The third time will hopefully be a charm for the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets.
Williamsburg’s winning streak continued Friday as the Yellow Jackets knocked off Pineville, 42-0, picking up their seventh straight victory to advance to the region finals to face Hazard for the third straight season.
The win was the fourth consecutive shutout by Williamsburg as they have now outscored opponents by a combined score of 200-0 in the past four games. It also marked the second time in three weeks Jerry Herron’s squad had beaten the Mountain Lions.
Despite the lopsided win, Herron gave credit to Pineville and head coach Bart Elam for the effort in what he called an “extremely physical battle.”
“I know there’s just a five-point difference in this game and the last time we played them, but this was an extremely physical battle for our kids,” Herron said. “Hats off to coach Elam and his staff because they did a heck of a job adjusting this week.
“At the same time we have to give our kids credit because despite some mistakes, they came out and made plays when they had to,” he added. “Our coaching staff did a great job of getting our kids ready and other than a few things that I’ll need to fix in my part, I was pleased with our overall effort.”
After a strange turn of events to start the game, Williamsburg got on the scoreboard first and never looked back.
Pineville unsuccessfully attempted an onsides kick to open play, but after a Williamsburg player recovered the football, he tossed the ball to an official before the play was blown dead. Pineville recovered the football, but couldn’t capitalize on the miscue by the Yellow Jackets.
Williamsburg scored with 7:45 to play in the first quarter when Dalton Sizemore connected with Michael Dylan-Rose Creekmore from 18 yards out to give the Yellow Jackets an 8-0 lead.
Pineville turned the ball over for the second straight possession and Williamsburg made them pay when Sizemore broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run to stretch the Yellow Jackets lead to 15-0 with 5:48 to play in the first quarter.
All was quiet offensively until Williamsburg pushed the lead to 22-0 with 3:13 to play in the second quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by Jefferson Patrick. That touchdown closed out the first-half scoring as Williamsburg led, 22-0, at halftime.
The two teams traded possessions to start the second half before Williamsburg scored on a five-yard touchdown run by Sizemore with 5:06 to play in the third quarter to make the score 29-0.
Williamsburg added a pair of touchdown runs by Jefferson Patrick in the fourth quarter, one from two yards and another from nine yards, to make the score 42-0.
Yellow Jackets win seventh straight, advance to region finals
By Chris Parsons
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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