By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Both Jellico, Tenn. and Williamsburg will renew their rivalry Friday with the Yellow Jackets paying a visit to their counterparts, as only 11 miles separate the two schools.
“It’s a good rivalry and I know everyone is looking forward to Friday’s game,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “We have played Jellico a long time, and anyone that has participated on a football team for Williamsburg has some type of story relating to when they have played Jellico.
“The game has been fun for the kids over the years,” he added. “Many of the kids went to school together in grade school, so they know each other well. We’re only 11 miles away, so it’s a good rivalry.”
The Yellow Jackets won last year’s meeting with the Blue Devils, 58-0, as Williamsburg totaled 374 yards total offense behind a combined 205 passing yards from both Dalton Sizemore and Logan Hamblin.
Herron admitted he expects a much tougher game this time around against Jellico.
“They are doing a good job down there,” he said. “They have an attacking defense and they are a better team than last year. They have some very good players on defense. We’re going to have to execute well on both offense and defense to win.”
Williamsburg is coming off a 16-8 scrimmage loss to Knox Central during an SEKC match-up which saw the Yellow Jackets’ offense turn the ball over six times, including five interceptions thrown by Sizemore.
Herron said the past week of practices has helped his team correct the mistakes they made against the Panthers.
“We have had a very good week of practice,” he said. “The kids saw the mistakes that we made and we have corrected them. Last week was a good learning lesson for us and it also came at a good time.”
Williamsburg enters Friday’s contest against the Blue Devils with a lot of high expectations for the season after advancing to the Class A regional title game while finishing 2011 with a 9-4 record.
“There has been some hype around us this year, but I told our kids that was last year, and all of the trophies we received already has dust on them,” Herron said. “It’s not about what we done last year now, it’s what we are going to do this year and right now we haven’t done anything yet.
“We need to go down to Jellico and play a good game and get a win, so it can help us make another run at the district and we can also build on that,” he added. “We don’t know what the future holds for us, so we’ve got to keep working hard and keep executing on both sides of the ball.”
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