By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
The Williamsburg Yellow Jacket football team has big plans for Friday, but first they must get past district rival Campbellsville.
The Yellow Jackets are one win away from capturing the program’s 400th win, but to do so, they’re going to have to beat an Eagle squad, who picked up its first win of the season two weeks ago.
“They are a very fast team,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “They are young and they have played a tough schedule, so we know what we’re going up against.
“The history of this district has always come down to either us or them for the district title, so we’ve got to be ready to play. They were a lot like us last year. They have young kids that play hard.”
Both teams are coming off bye weeks, as Campbellsville is sporting a 1-5 record after defeating Paris, 37-30, while Williamsburg is 5-1 while garnering the No. 3 spot in the latest Associated Press Class rankings.
“We had a good week off,” Herron said. “We healed up pretty good and have everybody back on the varsity team except one. I know everyone is ready to get back to work.”
Williamsburg is led by quarterback Dalton Sizemore, who has connected on 111-of-179 pass attempts for 1,538 yards and 20 touchdowns while his main receiving targets are Skyler Griffith (33 receptions, 584 receiving yards and eight touchdowns) and Corey Shelton (32 receptions, 537 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns). Sizemore also leads the team with 268 rushing yards while Jefferson Patrick has 208.
Campbellsville enters the game with losses TO Russell County (51-0), North Laurel (40-7), Taylor County (34-21), Bethlehem (50-20) and Green County (58-28). Even though the Eagles have five losses, they have seen improvement each week on offense. After scoring only seven points during the first two weeks of the season, Campbellsville has put up 26 points per game, including its 37-point total against Paris two weeks ago.
“Like I said, they have some weapons,” Herron admitted. “The key for us is to be able to handle their speed on both sides of the ball. They like to blitz on defense and we have got to be able to take what they give us on offense.
“Defensively, we have got to be ready for some trick plays,” he added. “Their speed is key in this game.”
And if Williamsburg can get the win, expect a big celebration after the game.
“Of course we’ve got to win first, but we do have some stuff planned if we do get the win,” Herron said. “It will be the program’s 400th win and that’s big. I think it means a bit more to the older guys that’s played here before right now, but it’s something the younger guys will appreciate, too.
“I know everyone is excited,” he added. “We’ve got a guy that played on some of the early Williamsburg teams that will be in attendance and this is a chance for this group of kids to do something special. We are all excited.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
- Local Sports
Mikayla Vires continues to mow down opponents as she recorded a no-hitter during North Laurel’s 10-0 rout of Somerset Tuesday.
Colonels pick up first district win of season
The Whitley County Colonels picked up their first district win of the season with a 9-2 victory over the visiting Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Monday.
North Laurel senior Austin Thompson clubbed a home run while driving in two runs during a 2-for-4 effort to lead his Jaguars to their fourth straight win on Monday, defeating McCreary Central, 12-0.
Corbin rolls past B'ville
Chris Hart’s Corbin Lady Redhounds didn’t waste any time taking control of their game against Barbourville.
After posting a 1-1 mark during their stay in Richmond Friday, Kyle Mink’s North Laurel Jaguars recovered Saturday by knocking off New York’s Dunkirk High School in six innings, 11-1.
Corbin knocks off Wayne County, falls to Mercer
The Corbin Redhounds had a tall order in front of them Saturday, playing host to two of the 12th Region’s top teams at House Field.
Lady Cardinals improve to 13th Region-best, 19-2
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals improved to a 13th Region-best 19-2 on the season after upending both Dunkirk, N.Y., 10-0 and Rockcastle County, 5-2.
Coming in to the 2014 Lady Redhound Softball Classic Corbin head coach Chris Hart said just like he’s said all season, he wanted his team to continue to improve each time it stepped on the field.
- Smashing Win
- Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0
- More Local Sports Headlines
- North No-No