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With their place in the playoffs secured, the Whitley County Colonels (6-4) had the opportunity to make a statement against perennial football powerhouse Boyle County (6-4)

While the Colonels, who were playing at less than full strength due to multiple injuries including the one suffer by quarterback Austin Ysidro, showed flashes of the running game that has led to their success, they could not answer the Rebels, who built and early 14-0 lead en route to the 38-7 victory.

Boyle County took the opening drive 65 yards on seven plays to go up 7-0.

On their first possession, quarterback Luke Woods turned to his primary weapons, running backs Boston Bryant and Zac Mills. Facing second-down-and-9 at the Colonels' 23-yardline, Mills busted off another solid run for an apparent first down. However, in what would become a theme on the night, a holding penalty turned the big gain into a long yardage situation for Whitley County, who was forced to punt two plays later.

The Colonels appeared to have stopped the Rebels' on their next series. However, Waddle found wide receiver Lloyd Hall on fourth down to keep the drive going at the Whitley County 9-yard-line. Two plays later, Waddle found tight end Blake Mason for the five-yard touchdown reception and the 14-0 lead.

Whitley County took the ball on its 20-yardline with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. Bryant inside and Mills outside steadily moved the ball down led the Colonels on the 80 yard march. Bryant bulled his way for the final three yards and the touchdown to cut the Boyle County lead to 14-7 with eight minutes remaining in the half.

Boyle County quickly answered, needing just five plays and less than three minutes to cover the 66 yards for the score and the 21-7 lead.

After another Whitley County punt, Boyle County appeared to be marching for another touchdown. However, the Colonels' defense and several uncharacteristic Boyle County penalties, forced the Rebels to settle for a 41-yard field goal with one second remaining in the half. Boyle County went into the locker room with the 24-7 lead.

Whitley County received the ball to begin the second half. Coach Jim Black turned to Bryant who bulled for 38 yards on five straight carries to get the Colonels to the Boyle County 36-yardline. Whitley County moved the ball five more yards in the next three plays to face fourth-down-and-two at the Boyle County 31-yardline. With the Rebels looking for Bryant or Mills, Black went to running back Tilmon Jackson. However, Jackson was hauled down for a six-yard loss to end the drive.

Boyle County scored on the ensuing drive to stretch the lead to 31-7 and added another late touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 38-7.

Whitley County will be back at home Friday night for a first-round playoff matchup against North Laurel High School. The Jaguars finished up their season last week with a 35-14 victory over Lincoln County to run their record to 6-4.


Williamsburg got off to a slow start, but finished strong as the Yellow Jackets defeated homestanding Oliver Springs, 21-0. Sophomore Corey Shelton caught three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Dalton Sizemore to lead the offense. The Jackets' defense, ranked first in Class 1A, held the host scoreless in the win.


Corbin jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter then rolled home for a 42-13 win over the Harlan Green Dragons to pull to .500 on the season (5-5). The Redhounds will be at LaRue County next week.


See Wednesday's News Journal for a preview of Friday's game


Other scores

Middlesboro 50, Lynn Camp 12

Harlan Co. 40, Bell Co. 34

Knox Central 44, Madison Central 36

Somerset 28, Perry Central 20


State Volleyball

Lone Oak defeated Corbin

25-7, 25-10, 25-8

Mercy defeated Southwestern

25-15, 25-7, 25-15

Notre Dame defeated Letcher Central

25-7, 25-3, 25-9

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