By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — With the dead period beginning, Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron has had some time to reflect on the past couple of months, and he likes what he sees.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off an 11-3 campaign in 2013 that saw them advance to the Class A State Championship that saw them lose to Mayfield, 42-0.
Even though his team lost, there remains a lot of excitement in the air in Williamsburg.
“We lose two starters on offense and defense from last year’s team, but we return a lot of talented players,” Herron said. “We got the taste of playing in the state championship game last season, and now we want to go back. It’s kind of like when we lost to Hazard in the regional finals in the past. We wanted to avenge the loss, and that’s what we want to do this season.
“We want to get back to the state championship game, and see if we can avenge last season’s loss,” he added. “We’ve been working really hard since that game, and I’m really anxious to see what we can do.”
By returning the bulk of last season’s talent, Herron has been able to take advantage of his player’s versatility.
Skyler Griffith, who has a great chance of becoming the state’s all-time leader in receiving yards, will see playing time at the quarterback and running back positions along with catching some balls at the wide out spot, too.
“Skyler and Alex Patterson both have done an outstanding job so far at quarterback,” Herron said. “They’ve been seeing a lot of work back there, and there will be times Skyler will be at the running back position, too. I know he’s fourth or fifth in the state at as a career leader (in receiving yards), and we’d like to see him break that record. So, he’ll be catching some balls, too.
“We’ve got a lot of talented kids returning, and we’re going to take advantage of their versatility,” he added. “We’ve got a lot of kids that can play a lot of different positions. We’re excited for the season to begin.”
Herron said the success of last season has brought an even bigger interest to his football program.
“We’ve had up to 50 players come out,” he said. “We’re about at the mid-40 range right now. We’re really happy with those numbers. This is an exciting time right now for the football program. We’ve got a lot of talent returning, and we’re excited to see just how far we can go.
“We’ve had a great spring, and we’ve really worked hard in the weight room, too,” Herron added. “We’re going to go out there and try to continue the success we have had. We know we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re ready to do it.”