By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets cruised past Lynn Camp Friday, using a 49-6 win to secure the team’s third straight district title and fourth in five years.
The win came just two weeks after Jerry Herron’s team earned the program’s 400th win. After the game he talked about the importance of this year’s squad being part of such a historical season.
“This goes back to the fact we are really blessed to have such a strong feeder program,” Herron said. “We bring the kids up so that they expect to win a district championship and it starts young.
“We owe a lot of credit to our boosters and everybody that helps support this program because it’s a group effort,” he added.
On the other side of the field, Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell said despite the final score, he had never been so pleased after a loss. He talked about the fact that Herron had subbed-down as the game went on to avoid running up the score. The Yellow Jackets even took a knee on the one-yard line to avoid a touchdown as time wound down in the fourth quarter.
“I gained a totally new respect for Coach Herron for what he did tonight,” Russell said. “He could have very easily left his starters in there and run up the score on us, but he took a knee. I called a timeout to let our kids know that they had better go over there and show him some respect for what he did.
“You talk about football, education and life, and putting it in perspective for young men and I really feel like the true side of that kind of stuff came out tonight,” Russell added. “If more acts of kindness were done like Jerry Herron did tonight, our country and our world would be a much better place.”
Williamsburg scored early and often, breaking into the scoring column with just over two minutes gone by in the game on a nine-yard touchdown run by Jefferson Patrick. Then, after forcing a turnover on downs, the Yellow Jackets used two plays to get into the endzone as Dalton Sizemore connected with Skyler Griffith for a 37-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0.
The next Lynn Camp possession ended on an interception by Griffith. he followed that up with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Shelton to push the lead to 21-0 with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.
After another turnover on downs, Williamsburg’s Logan Hamblin scampered in from three yards out to extend the lead to 28-0 with 2:32 to play in the first quarter.
Williamsburg’s defense continued to shine as it held Lynn Camp scoreless on the next possession and followed the defensive stand up with a 77-yard touchdown run by Jefferson Patrick to push the gap to 35-0.
A 45-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Micah Purdy gave Williamsburg a 42-0 lead and a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown by Shelton pit the Yellow Jackets on top 49-0 with 10:35 to play in the first half.
Williamsburg got on the board for its lone score of the night on a 21-yard touchdown run by Aaron Mills to trim the gap to 49-6 at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Jefferson Patrick on the ground with 105 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. Sizemore was 4-for-4 passing with 101 yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams would trade possessions in the second half with the clock running continuously until the Yellow Jackets ended their final possession with four kneel downs.
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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