By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LOG MOUNTAIN — Even though Williamsburg jumped out to a 28-0 lead, the Yellow Jackets received a momentary scare from Pineville before blowing out the Mountain Lions, 70-22, during Friday’s City/County Bowl at Bell County High School.
Jerry Herron’s squad jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter before seeing the Mountain Lions rally behind their pass-happy offense to get as close as 14 points (36-22) before seeing the Yellow Jackets dominate second half action while rolling to the 48-point win.
“They got back in the game on us, but we responded and managed to get the win,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “The kids battled tonight. Not only did we have to stop them from rallying, but we had some sick, but managed to overcome some adversity and win.
“I am really happy with the kids,” he added. “I’m really pleased with the way they came back and played in the second half.”
The 70-point output is the most points Williamsburg has scored since putting up 80 points during a win over Cumberland on Oct. 13, 2000.
Herron’s squad’s offensive output during the first three weeks have resembled more of a basketball team’s point total, as the Yellow Jackets are now averaging 58 points a game.
“We were able to score some points tonight,” Herron said. “We did it in a lot of ways. We scored two on interception returns and a kick-off return, too.”
The win also marks the first time the Yellow Jackets have started the season with a perfect 3-0 mark dating back to the 2005 season when former coach Jim Black guided Williamsburg to three straight wins over Jellico, Tenn., McCreary Central and Oneida, Tenn.
“It’s nice to get off to a good start like this,” Herron said. “The kids are really working hard and it is showing on the field. This was a very good win for us.”
Logan Hamblin led Williamsburg with 56 rushing yards and one touchdown on four carries, while quarterback Dalton Sizemore completed 19-of-29 pass attempts for 272 yards and four touchdowns. Corey Shelton led the Yellow Jackets with 117 receiving yards on six receptions and he also had two receiving touchdowns and an interception for a score. Skyler Griffith had seven receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an interception that resulted in a touchdown while also taking a kick-off return for a 75-yard touchdown.
Williamsburg scores 70 points during 48-point win over outmanned Pineville
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.
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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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