By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
OLIVER SPRINGS, TENN. — Williamsburg was without four starters on offense and defense, but still managed to pull out a 21-0 road win against Oliver Springs, Tenn. Friday.
The 21-point victory allowed the Yellow Jackets to finish the regular season with a 9-1 record for the first time since the 2008 season.
“We had eight total starters out, but we still managed to win,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “First of all, Oliver Springs is a good team. I felt like we were stopping them good and once we settled down we did a good job.”
Neither team scored in the first half, but an 11-yard touchdown strike from Dalton Sizemore to Corey Shelton with 5:23 remaining in the third quarter gave Williamsburg a 6-0 lead.
Another touchdown pass (a 23-yarder) from Sizemore to Shelton at the 10:39 mark of the fourth quarter increased the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 14-0 advantage. Herron’s squad put the finishing touches on the win as Sizemore and Shelton hooked up for a 15-yard touchdown.
Sizemore carried the ball 21 times for 77 yards while connecting on 16-of-26 pass attempts for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Shelton finished the game with nine catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
“I’m really pleased with our guys,” Herron said. “They played really good and got the job done. I thought we made the right adjustments at halftime and the kids bought in and took care of the game.”
Williamsburg will be back in action Friday and will host Jenkins in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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.
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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