Jesus said unto him (Peter), Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Matthew 26:34 The Holy Bible, KJV
His name is Anthony Woodard. He’s been called “Rooster” the entire time this magazine has covered him. We have covered him since he was a seventh grader.
It is our understanding he prefers to go by “Roosta” now. He’s good enough to be called whatever he likes.
“Roosta” Woodard has played his high school football split between Russellville High and Logan County. He is a “super senior.”
He came back to school and got a fifth year under SB-128. He elected to play this fifth year at Russellville, where it all began.
There is another famous story about a “cock crowing.” In the more famous version, Jesus assures one of his disciples, Peter, that even Peter would deny Jesus thrice before the cock crowed a single time. How much more voluminous would the denials have been had the cock crowed three times as opposed to just the once?
Well the cock crowed three times against Glasgow this past Friday night in the 1A semi-finals. While its crowing three times didn’t hearken anything as dire or consequential as denying our Lord, by the time Roosta Woodard had crowed his third time, it was clearly the end of the Eagles’s ’21 football season.
Woodard, easily one of 1A’s finest athletes competing across the commonwealth of Kentucky, had quite a night against Bethlehem. He contributed every way conceivably a player can be expected to contribute.
Woodard caught 4-passes at WR for 82-yards with 2-receiving TDs. Those were the first two crows.
Then the DB, who had 9-tackles on the night and a TFL, put a cherry on the evening by snagging an INT and finding pay-dirt for a “pick-six.” That was Roosta’s crow numero trio. By the time we heard it, the curtain had dropped on Bethlehem’s season and prospects.
“Roosta” even connected on his only pass attempt on the evening. He hit a receiver down the field for 45 yards on an aerial which, had he thrown it further and allowed the target to catch it in stride, may well have scored. Oh well, no one’s perfect.
Still one of the southwestern end of Kentucky’s premier 1A football programs, Russellville High, finds itself in fairly familiar territory. The Russellville Panthers will face off with the Pikeville Panthers for a title.
For Pikeville to come away with another 1A title, someone better keep that dad-gum bird penned up. Don’t want to get that “Roosta” crowing again this week.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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