By John Stepp / For the Endzone
LYNN CAMP — For the fourth straight year the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have captured the Class A, District 5 championship, this time defeating the Lynn Camp Wildcats 55-0 in the rivalry showdown.
Not only is it the fourth-straight district championship for Jerry Herron and his squad, but it’s the seventh out of the last 10 and also marked the 13th-straight victory over a district opponent, dating back to 2009.
“We started off slow and had a hard time getting used to the cold, but we adjusted, calmed down and took care of business. It’s all about winning the game,” Herron said. “We’re really excited about winning another district championship, our fourth in a row. This is the first class at Williamsburg to win four straight district championships and we’re excited about that.”
The Jackets have been quite impressive versus district opponents this season, outscoring the other teams 156-13 in the three games against Lynn Camp, Berea and Campbellsville. With the district title in place and just two weeks until the playoffs, the Jackets now have their sights set on a higher title – a state championship.
“This was a good game for us. We really had to get after it tonight. We have to start getting used to this cold if we want to make it to the third, fourth or fifth round of the playoffs,” Herron said. “Coach Russell had a good game plan. I was real happy to have a game like this early in the season before the playoffs. It was a chance to go out there and battle and win another district title.”
It was a tough night for the Wildcats, who never seemed to be in the game at all. Lynn Camp punted on their first three possessions and had two turnovers that led to Williamsburg scores in the first half. It’s the second straight game that Lynn Camp has been shutout, losing to Campbellsville 40-0 last week.
“We saw some things we could have probably done to them early, we just didn’t execute. We got off to a slow start and it hurt us,” Lynn Camp Coach Phil Russell said. “One thing that Williamsburg does is execute. They make the game easy on themselves because they execute and don’t really hurt themselves. We didn’t do that tonight.”
The Jackets wasted little time putting points on the board to start the game. After forcing Lynn Camp to a three-and-out, senior quarterback Dalton Sizemore marched the Williamsburg offense down the field on their first possession and scored on a five-yard run to give his team a 7-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first quarter. After another Lynn Camp punt, junior running back Jefferson Patrick rushed for his first of two touchdowns on the night, pushing the Williamsburg lead to 14-0 with 2:36 left in the first.
The Jackets kept up their scoring in the second quarter, as Sizemore connected with Chase Lowrie, Corey Shelton and Skyler Griffith for three separate touchdown passes. He also added another rushing touchdown, helping his team to a 40-0 halftime lead.
“Williamsburg is a very talented football team. But so are we. They run the same offensive system we do, and that a lot of teams around here do, and they prove that it can work,” Russell said. “They are doing things the right way and are where we want to be as a program. We have to keep doing the right things to get to where they are.”
Williamsburg added another touchdown in the third quarter, as Patrick found the end zone once more, pushing the Jacket lead to 47-0 with 6:50 left in the third quarter, as the running clock was in effect. The Jackets would score their final touchdown of the night with just under two minutes to play when sophomore Alex Patterson rushed for his first touchdown of the game. Austin Kissinger converted on the two-point conversion, ending the scoring and giving the Jackets a 55-0 lead over the Wildcats.
“We still have a lot of work to do. We were not ready for the cold tonight. I saw it on Wednesday and I thought I did a good job of getting us ready, but I didn’t,” Herron said.
Williamsburg captures fourth straight district crown
By John Stepp / For the Endzone
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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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