Wayne County 45, Woodford County 7: It took a while to get going, but Wayne County found an offensive rhythm in the second quarter to build a comfortable lead against Woodford County and left Danville with a 45-7 victory in the first game of the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic on Saturday.
Wayne County has been a perennial contender regardless of its classification; it reached the Class 3A finals in 2013 and had its season ended by Johnson Central in the state semifinals each of the last two years after moving up to Class 4A in 2015.
The program has earned coaches’ respect — Wayne County again was ranked in the preseason top 10 in Class 4A — but its players seldom show up in coaches’ ranking of the best in the state.
Why is that?
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“I guess the area we live in, maybe, there’s not too many powerhouse football teams,” said Lorenzo Linsey, the Cardinals’ senior quarterback who threw for 21 touchdowns and nearly 1,800 yards last season (he also rushed for 400 yards and 10 TDs). “We haven’t played the strongest schedules, but I feel like this year our schedule’s up there with big (programs).”
Linsey wasn’t kidding: the Cardinals host Pulaski County, which has appeared in four straight Class 5A finals, next week. They come back to Danville on Sept. 8 to battle Boyle County, always a formidable foe. District foe Knox Central is usually strong and Madison Southern, whom Wayne County hosts to close the regular season, has been on a steady rise under Coach Jon Clark.
If Wayne County takes care of business, recognition will arrive.
“It’ll come,” Linsey said. “We’re the underdogs every year and I guess we’re just used to it.”
Collins 38, Madison Southern 7: Carter Smith’s 4-yard touchdown run gave Madison Southern a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter, but that was the last time the Eagles would find the end zone on Saturday night. Quarterback J.R. Lucas passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns and added 89 rushing yards and a pair of scores on the ground as the Titans rolled in the Roy Kidd Bowl in Richmond. Junior wide receiver Sicari Toole had seven catches for 138 yards, and Zach Stucker caught five passes for 67 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown. Nick Eades ran for a TD and caught another. Smith led Madison Southern with 54 yards on 10 carries.