TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets used big plays on offense, defense and special teams to cruise to a 50-20 win over Harrison County Friday at Finley/Legion Field.
Jerry Herron’s squad racked up 325 yards of offense as quarterback Dalton Sizemore passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns, completing 18-of-30 pass attempts.
Skyler Griffth scored three different ways in the win as he caught a touchdown pass (oneyard), returned a punt for a touchdown (67 yards) and returned an interception for a touchdown (95 yards).
Williamsburg head coach Jerry Herron said he was extremely proud of his team after beating what he called a pretty good football team.
“This was a quality football team and they had quite a few good athletes on the field,” Herron said. “I’m so proud of these kids for the way they came out and played tonight and the effort they gave on the field.
“The guys really bounced back after the effort we had against Wayne County when they could have hung their heads,” he added. “I told them at the start of the season that we were going to play a tough schedule, but it was going to make us a better team and I think that’s where we’re at now.”
Williamsburg found the end zone on its first possession of the game when Dalton Sizemore scored on a one-yard quarterback-keeper to cap a 66-yard drive and put the Yellow Jackets on top, 7-0.
Herron’s squad added to the lead when Sizemore connected with Griffith on a one-yard touchdown to push the lead to 14-0 with 3:49 to play in the game, but Griffith was just getting started.
After Williamsburg’s defense held the Thorobreds to a three-and-out on their next possession, Griffith returned the punt 67 yards for the touchdown to extend the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 20-0 with 1:06 to play in the first quarter.
Harrison County looked poised to get back into the game after they scored on one play, an 80-yard touchdown reception by Justin Hunter, trimming the deficit to 20-7 with :46 to play in the opening quarter.
The Yellow Jackets used another long drive to get into the end zone when Corey Shelton capped an 81-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown reception, stretching the lead to 27-7 with 7:18 to play in the first half.
Harrison County answered the bell again when they marched 76 yards down the field, topped off by a 15-yard touchdown reception to make the score 27-14 with 2:18 to play in the first half. A 28-yard field goal by Brantley Patrick as time expired stretched Williamsburg’s lead to 30-14 at the end of the half.
Harrison County put together another impressive drive to start the second half, but Griffith ended any thoughts of a Thorobred touchdown when he returned an interception 95 yards for the touchdown to make the score 37-14 with 7:14 to go in the third quarter.
Williamsburg added touchdowns on a four-yard run by Sizemore and an 87-yard punt return by Shelton to put the game out of reach at 50-14, forcing the clock to run as well.
Harrison County scored one last time as time expired in the game, trimming the deficit to 50-20.
Herron said his team would take advantage of another week off as the Yellow Jackets get set to begin district play in two weeks at Campbellsville.
“We’ve got the first part of our season out of the way and now all of our opponents will be 1A schools, so I think our kids are excited,” Herron said. “Hopefully this tough schedule will pay off and we can continue to play quality football.”