Special teams, defense let down Breds in 50-20 loss at Williamsburg

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By Mike Aldridge

The trip to Williamsburg was a long one that became a lot longer Friday on the way home as the Thorobreds returned to Cynthiana with a 50-20 loss on their record.  
The Yellow Jackets (3-2), who are the eighth-rated team in the State 1A standings, scored the first three times that they had the ball and led at the half by 30-14 before they outscored the Breds 20 to six in the second half for the final 50-20 score.
Williamsburg used the air to move the ball down the field on the first possession as senior quarterback Dalton Sizemore connected on four of six passes on an 11-play, 65-yard drive, which was culminated by Sizemore’s one-yard run for the touchdown.  
Brently Patrick’s extra point was good and the score stood at 7-0 with seven minutes to play in the first quarter.  
The Thorobreds picked up one yard in three runs in the first possession and Taylor Bolin punted the ball to the 41 where it was advanced a couple of yards before Harrison County stopped the punt return.  
Sizemore went right back to the air again completing four of six for 57 yards and the second home team score.  
This time Sizemore hit Tyler Griffith with a one-yard toss and the extra point made the score 14-0 with still five minutes to play in the opening stanza.  
The Breds were again unable to move the ball and this time Bolin’s punt was caught on the 20 and Griffith returned it 78 yards for the touchdown.  
The kick failed and the score with one minute left in the first quarter was 20-0.  
The first play from scrimmage on the following possession Robbie Stroub hit Justin Hunter with a pass and Hunter carried the ball for 80 yards for the score. Bolin’s kick made it 20-7 at the end of the period.
The Thorobreds held the Yellow Jackets for the only time in the entire game in the first possession of the second period.  
Unfortunately they too were three and out giving the ball back to Williamsburg on the Yellow Jackets’ 19-yard line.  
The home team marched down the field on a 10-play, 81-yard drive which ended with Corey Shelton catching the senior quarterback’s four-yard pass for a touchdown with the kick making the score 27-7.  
Harrison County rebounded with a 13-play, 76-yard drive of their own with Grant Carr grabbing three passes for 48 of the yards.  
The final Stroub-to-Carr pass of the drive was for the score and Bolin’s point-after made the score 27-14 with two minutes to play in the half.  Williamsburg drove back down the field using three passes to get to the Harrison County 11-yard line.  
There the time ran out and Williamsburg’s Patrick kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 30-14 halftime score.
Harrison County took the second half kick off and paraded down the field to the Williamsburg 26-yard line.  On a first down pass, Stroub tried to fit the ball into too narrow an opening and Griffith intercepted and ran the ball 95 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.  
Following that score, sophomore Brock Jenkins took over at quarterback and again the Breds drove down the field but were forced to punt after eight plays.  
Williamsburg went on another long drive this time 10 plays and 78 yards, and Sizemore scored on a four-yard run for a 43-14 lead.
The quarter ended with the two teams trading fumbles making the fourth quarter open with Williamsburg holding a commanding four touchdown lead.   
After the Breds mounted a seven-play drive, they were again forced to punt and this time Shelton ran the ball back for 87 yards and the final Williamsburg score.  
The point after made the score 50-14 and the continuous clock started on the scoreboard.  
The Thorobreds did score one more time as time ran out on a four-yard pass to Carr from Jenkins but the damage was done and the Breds came home with a 2-4 season mark and the Ft. Thomas Bluebirds next on the schedule.
Hunter led the Thorobreds with eight catches and 145 yards with the one touchdown while Grant Carr had two touchdowns and 52 yards.  Jenkins was the leading rusher with 62 yards.  
Statistically, the Breds outgained the Yellow Jackets by 17 yards but the two big returns and the pass interception score were more than the offense could overcome.  
Each team committed five penalties with Williamsburg losing 52 yards to Harrison County’s 44.  
Bolin had five punts for a 388-yard average for the game.  The Thorobreds’ defense only forced one punt for 36 yards.  
Coach Jim Carr was not pleased with the effort that his team put forth after the score was out of hand.  
“This will be something that the coaches and I will address during practice this week,” he noted.