TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
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.