By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
An air raid show will be on display today at Williamsburg’s Rose-Stanfill Stadium when Class 3A power Wayne County will pay a visit.
The game will be headlined by Williamsburg quarterback Dalton Sizemore and Wayne County quarterback Tyler Guffey — two of the best signal-callers in the state.
Sizemore has passed for 865 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for more than 200 yards on the ground along with six touchdowns.
Guffey has been just as good — throwing for 761 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 190 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.
“These two are so similar in so many ways,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “Both quarterbacks can both throw the ball well and run with the ball, and both teams can run the ball as well.
“Like I said, we’re both very similar, except they may have a few more numbers and a little bit bigger,” he added. “It should be a good game.”
Herron said the key to his team winning is simple — “we’ve got to get off to a good start and not make any mistakes on special teams. They kick the ball off hard and we’ve got to be ready for that.”
Herron’s main concern is Guffey, though.
The way he goes, his team goes, but Herron was also quick to point out the unbeaten Cardinals (3-0) are dangerous running the ball.
“The Guffey kid can flat out play,” he admitted. “He’s dangerous throwing and running with the ball. They can also hurt you running with the ball.
“I watched them against South Laurel, and they had a hard time getting anything going running the ball mostly because South had a lot of people playing upfront, and they had to pass the ball,” Herron added. “So we know just how good and dangerous they are.”
Williamsburg comes into the game with hopes of improving to 3-1 before entering an open week in Week Four.
“We know we are facing a very good team,” Herron said. “The kids are excited with the opportunity of going against a very good team and games like this will only make us better.”
Wayne County & Williamsburg passing games highlight today's match-up
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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