By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
MIDDLESBORO — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets traveled to Middlesboro for their final tune-up against Pineville before Friday’s season opener and came away with a 31-7 win.
The Yellow Jackets scored early and often for head coach Jerry Herron, who said he liked what he saw after the game, but admitted there’s plenty to work on between now and the team’s season opener.
“We had a lot of mistakes, but like most other coaches, I see all the things that we’re doing wrong,” Herron said. “This was our first scrimmage and it showed on the field because we had some shake-ups and we did some things wrong out there.
“Despite the miscues, the kids really played hard and we’re pleased with some of the things we did,” he added. “This shows me that I need to do a better job of getting them ready and we’ve just go to get a little more time in, watch some film and try to get better”
Williamsburg quarterback Dalton Sizemore led the Yellow Jackets’ offense for most of the game as he tallied one rushing touchdown and three through the air in the win. Jefferson Patrick had a 38-yard touchdown run to help Williamsburg’s cause.
Of course the win was a welcome sight, but Herron said he was just glad to get on the football field to allow his kids to get their feet wet.
“I think the kids were ready to go against somebody other than their teammates out there, so it was good to be able to get them on the field,” Herron said. “We had some misalignments out there and that’s my job as the coach to get those things straightened out, but there were a few other things I saw as well.
“We were a little bit nervous, but you expect that out of them because these guys are 14, 15 and 16-year-old kids,” Herron added. “A couple of them even told me they were nervous, but I told them that’s normal and they just had to go out and fight through it.”
Williamsburg gets final tune-up before regular season opener
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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