By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
BOWLING GREEN — Williamsburg’s hopes of the school’s first-ever state title were washed away quickly Friday as Mayfield scored touchdowns on its first three plays, building a 35-0 first-quarter lead.
The Cardinals scored early and they scored often during Friday’s KHSAA Class A State Championship Game, picking up a 42-0 win over Williamsburg at Western Kentucky University’s Feix Field.
After possessing the football for a grand total of 22 seconds, Mayfield had scored three touchdowns, stunning the Yellow Jackets as they took a 21-0 lead with 8:18 to play in the first quarter.
Williamsburg head coach Jerry Herron said that his team most likely let the size of the moment get to them when things got started, but was quick to point out that Friday’s loss couldn’t diminish what the Yellow Jackets have accomplished this season.
“We’re obviously disappointed with how this thing ended, but it’s not going to take away from what these kids accomplished this season,” Herron said. “I think we came out here and kind of got big-eyed, myself included, with the situation and we let that first quarter get away from us.
“Once we settled down, I think we played some pretty good football overall,” he added. “By that time though, it was too late and we had dug ourselves much too big a hole to crawl out of.”
Mayfield took a 7-0 lead with 10:57 to play in the first quarter on a Stuart Mills touchdown. That play was the first for the Cardinals after Dylan Reed recovered a blocked punt attempt at the Williamsburg one-yard line.
The Cardinals second score came on a 65-yard pass from Jake Guhy to Deion Jackson, making it a 14-0 game with 9:50 to play in the first quarter. The third touchdown in three plays came when Guhy connected with Jackson for the second time, this one a 54-yard touchdown with 8:18 left in the opening period of play.
Williamsburg tried to get something positive going, but the Yellow Jackets’ next two drives both ended on turnovers — an interception and fumble.
The Cardinals capitalized on each of those turnovers in a big way. Trajon Bright broke free for a 91-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-0, while Mills scored on a 15-yard scamper to extend the lead to 35-0 with 2:02 still to play in the opening period.
Herron and company settled down and held the Cardinals scoreless in the second quarter, but couldn’t manage to put any points on the board themselves as they trailed, 35-0, at halftime.
Mayfield found paydirt again in the third quarter when Guhy connected with Marshall Bacon on an 11-yard touchdown pass, staking the Cardinals to a 42-0 lead with 3:05 to play in the third quarter.
The Cardinals kept Williamsburg out of the end zone on its next two possessions, completing the shutout to earn the school’s third state title in four years and 10th overall.
Herron gave credit where he felt credit was due as far as Mayfield goes and said he and his program strives to be just like the Cardinals.
“Mayfield is a great team and to be honest, they are where everybody wants to be as a program,” Herron said. “They’ve played in five straight state championships, which is really tough to do at any level.
“The kids had a great year and we are so pleased with them and what they accomplished together,” he added. “This senior class has won four straight district titles, played in four straight region finals with one region title, a Semi-State Championship and this runner-up finish, so we’re happy with this entire group right now.”
Guhy, playing in his third straight finals, completed 14-of-19 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Deion Jackson had six catches for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Freshman Trajon Bright led Mayfield’s ground game with 128 yards on eight carries, single-handedly topping Williamsburg’s output on the ground.
The Yellow Jackets rushed for 122 yards on 30 carries, 21 of which were credited to Sizemore.
Yellow Jackets' state-title hopes end with 42-0 loss to Mayfield
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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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.
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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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