By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
Familiar foes will face-off against each other Friday when Williamsburg plays host to Jenkins during first round action of the Class A playoffs.
If the past two years are any indication, Jerry Herron's squad will cruise to second round action against the Cavaliers.
Williamsburg enters its game with a 2-0 mark against Jenkins during the past two years, eliminating the Cavaliers 40-0 in first round action in 2011 while doing the same in 2012 by picking up an easy, 60-6, victory.
Even though his team will enter Friday's game as heavy favorites, don't expect Herron's squad to overlook Jenkins.
“We know they're going to come in here with nothing to lose, and I'm sure we'll receive their best effort,” Herron said. “We have faced them the past two years, while coming away with wins, but we're not overlooking anyone.
“We know what we've got to do to win, and we're going to go out there and try to execute our game plans on both offense and defense,” he added. “We've set many goals at the beginning of the season. We accomplished one of those by winning our district, and now we want to accomplish another by winning a playoff game.”
Williamsburg is coming off one of its best-played games of the season, defeating Pineville with ease, 47-0. All 47 points were scored during first half action, and Herron is hoping his team's recent success will carry over into the post-season.
“We just need to continue what we've been doing,” he said. “We've had a lot of success, but the credit goes to my assistant coaches and players for executing on both sides of the ball.
“Last week was one of those games where everything clicked,” he added. “We just hope to continue that.”
The Cavaliers enters the game riding a nine-game losing skid. To say Jenkins is struggling could very well be an understatement. They have been shut out during their last three games, while being outscored 138-0 during the process.
They'll also have to figure out a way to slow down the Yellow Jackets' offensive attack of quarterback Dalton Sizemore and the receiving duo of Skyler Griffith and Corey Shelton. Sizemore and Griffith hooked up for four touchdowns last week against Pineville, while Sizemore also threw a touchdown pass to Shelton. Tail back Patrick Jefferson is another offensive weapon for the Yellow Jackets. He ran for two touchdowns last week
Jenkins might be struggling, but Williamsburg isn't.
Herron's squad is 7-2 on the season and currently on a tear, winning its past five games after early season losses to both Wayne County and North Laurel, who are a combined 18-2 on the season. The Yellow Jackets have outscored their opponents 253-33 during the past five games, while recording three shut outs during the process.
“We have been playing well,” Herron said. “We just hope we can continue to play well. We'll be playing in front of our home crowd and that is a plus, and we don't have to make a long bus trip any where, and that's a plus, too.
“We need to get off to a good start and score early,” he added. “If we execute on both offense and defense, and take what they give us, I think we can be successful.”
The winner of Friday's game will go against the winner of the Pineville/Berea match-up during second round action of the Class A playoffs.
Yellow Jackets face familiar opponent to open 2013 playoff run
By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
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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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