TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Les Dixon / The Endzone Staff
The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets might be off to its worst start since 2010 at 2-2, but ask almost any team in the state if they’d like to be sitting at .500 after facing off against two unbeaten teams, and their answer will be more than likely, “Yes”.
Jerry Herron’s squad has played one of its toughest slates in a long time, while gearing up for a deep run in the post-season. His team might not have played anyone in Week Four, but they have gotten better.
“We’ve seen the mistakes that we’ve made during the losses, and now we’ve been able to learn from those and correct them,” Herron said. “You always want to win every game you play, but sometimes you don’t. We were in both of our games against North Laurel and Wayne County, but couldn’t get the win in either game.
“Those games will prepare us for the long haul,” he added. “They’ll prepare us for the district and the post-season. That’s why we scheduled those teams. It allows us to see something that we’ll probably see down the road. Our kids feel confident and we know where we need to be to be competing for a district and region championship. I don’t think it means much if you go 10-0 and then get beat in the region final. We’re looking at the big picture here, the season isn’t a sprint, it’s a good, solid 400 run, and that’s what we’re preparing for.”
There have been a lot of positives so far for the Yellow Jackets. They’ve picked up wins over both Halls, Tenn., and Pike Central while hanging tough against both North Laurel and Wayne County.
“We’ve learned a lot from every game we have played so far this season,” Herron said. “We know what some of our weaknesses are right now, and those are eye-opening things. This week off has been very good for us and it has allowed us to get better.
“It came at a good time,” he added. “We’ve had some kids that have been able to heal some nagging injuries, and we’ve also been able to get some other kids eligible to play. Both of those are big plusses for us.”
Once again, Williamsburg is led by its high-scoring offensive attack that is averaging 45 points during its two wins and only 13 points in its two losses.
Quarterback Dalton Sizemore has completed 70-of-118 pass attempts for 1,160 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 162 yards and five touchdowns. Receiver Corey Shelton leads the way with 533 receiving yards, 23 receptions and five touchdowns while Skyler Griffith has 22 receptions for 388 yards and four touchdowns.
Even with the .500 start, Herron knows his team is built for the long-haul.
“We don’t care what other people think,” he said. “Yes, we’d like to win every game just like every other team in the state, but the thing is, we knew we needed to play a tougher schedule because it’s going to help us in the end.
“We see the big picture, and we know what we’ve got to do to accomplish our goals,” he added. “We’re going to continue to work hard and take care of business. This upcoming game against Harrison County is huge because they are a quality team and we need to build some momentum with district play coming up.”