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
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
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Pick Up Game
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