With 61 players on their roster, the Woodford County Yellowjackets are deep.
That depth, plus size and speed, hurt the already injured Cats as they travelled to Versailles Friday and came up short against the 5A Yellowjackets, 44-6.
The 5A Yellowjackets proved to be too deep and athletic for the Wildcats.
“They were big and fast. They were deep,” Henry County head coach Jason Spencer said. “They played a lot of people. We did too. But a rash of injuries at key spots caused us to have people go both ways in key positions. It was a very physical game. Give them credit; they are good at what they do.”
Spencer declined to talk about specific injuries because most of the injured players were yet to have a final prognoses. At least two starting linemen went out in the game for the Wildcats: Billy Collier with an apparent knee injury and Tyler Craigmyle with a possible concussion. Starting running back Mason Fish sat out the game with badly bruised ribs from the Walton-Verona game.
The Yellowjackets set up the long ball with hard inside running. “Two times in the first quarter we held them to third-and-long, then got beat by the long pass play for touchdowns,” he said. “They lull you to sleep with the running game and then hit you with the long pass.”
Those two long touchdowns gave Woodford a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Yellowjackets hit the Cats with two more scores in the second quarter to make the score 28-0 at halftime.
Woodford added a touchdown in each of the final two quarters and the Cats scored one in the fourth on Tyus Ford’s first varsity touchdown to make the final margin 38 points.
The Cats moved the ball well at times.
“We moved the ball on them some,” Spencer said.
“We just couldn’t sustain our drives until we got to the end zone. Brock Fish played well again. He ran the ball extremely well. Tyus Ford stepped in when Cody Tindle went out with cramps and did a good job running and receiving. Nick Magness had a good game on defense.”
Spencer was proud of his team’s effort. “The good thing is that the kids played extremely hard; even the kids that don’t usually play a lot,” he said. “Our varsity defense played much better in the second half. They only scored one touchdown against our varsity in the second half. Each individual just needs to get better to make the team better as a whole.”
The Wildcats take on Bellevue Friday in the team’s homecoming game.