The Ball Report

Yellow jackets and Defenders Legit

By: Gary Ball
By: Gary Ball

After covering Woodford County and Bryan Station on Friday, each team has what it takes to advance into the 5A playoffs come November. Here are the reasons why:

After covering Woodford County and Bryan Station on Friday, each team has what it takes to advance into the 5A playoffs come November. Here are the reasons why: Woodford has a dual dimensional quarterback in Stephen Duckworth. Duckworth is as dangerous with his legs as he is throwing the football. He is also a straight A student and in the top of his class. The Yellowjackets also have a dual threat in the backfield with Jordan Carter and Nick Nicholson. The receiving corps is solid with Chris Jones and his 4.3 speed in the forty. Shawnee who? The O-line is big and strong led by Adam Horn who by the way is a Governors Scholar. Woodford County’s defense swarms to the ball on every play. After giving up an early sixty-nine yard touchdown run to Bryan Station’s Patrick Cornett, on the second play from scrimmage, the Jackets defense only allowed sixty rushing yards the rest of the way.

Coach Chris Tracy has his Yellowjackets believing they can win. They will be tested this Friday as they will take on Johnson Central in Versailles.

Station started strong with impressive wins over Paul L. Dunbar and Louisville Western. Since then they dropped a game on the road to Johnson Central 35-31. They also had a tough 24-17 loss at home to Woodford County, with a fumble at the goal line as time expired. The attitude change is most noticeable at Bryan Station. The players and coaches have a more confident air about them. Dr. Oliver Lucas recently told me “my pups have grown up”, and indeed they have. Led by Pat Cornette on offense, the Defenders are a threat to score on every play. Roy Philon and Tevin McCadden are also very good running backs. Sophomore Quarterback Brady Boling is the starter and is getting more comfortable every game. Big tight end Kalib Ball 6-4 jr. a 250 pounder is a target for Station. On defense the Defenders have two really good Linebackers in Kris Bolton and Octavious Crutcher, both juniors. All of these players make up the key ingredients for a winning recipe and a successful football season. Their t-shirts say “The swagger is back”. They could be a hard team to reckon with in post-season play.

Catch the highlights of the Woodford County game this Saturday Morning at 11:30 AM on the WKYT-27 on the ”Scholastic Ball Report”. We will also have a feature on Madison Central Indians as the “Team of the Week”.
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