Two of the winningest programs over the past 10 years are set to match in round two
Hazard at Williamsburg is a huge matchup, especially for round two. These two teams are among the winningest programs over the past 10 or so years. We are going to break this match-up down and pick a winner.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout
There are only four schools in Class A who have won 90 or more games over the previous 10-years. Two of the four are playing in Williamsburg, Kentucky Friday night.
Not a big game, huh? In Kentucky 1A, it doesn’t get much bigger than Hazard at Williamsburg.
Traditionally, both of these programs are “heavyweights.” Both of the programs have been in big ball games deep into the playoffs. Hazard has won it all. Williamsburg has “been there.”
Over the previous ten years Williamsburg is the only public school with fewer than 300-students to win over 90-games. Williamsburg’s enrollment is around 264 or so students in grades 9 through 12.
Williamsburg, the home team, is 7-2, ranked 8th in the KHSAA RPI, and the reward is they get to host a Hazard team which is 3rd in the KHSAA RPI, 7-4 on the year, and coming off a first-round thumping of Pineville (7-4).
Williamsburg has allowed 187-points on the year, rushed for 1,671-yards and passed for 1,434. The Defense has registered 40-tackles behind the line and eight (8)-QB sacks on the year to go along with five (5)-INT’s, six (6)-FF’s, and nine (9)-FR’s.
Looking at the seasonal work turned in by Williamsburg, the following stands out from the regular season record. The Jackets beat a solid Middlesboro club by one, 22-21 (2A, 7-3), lost to Somerset, and beat Perry County Central (4A).
Now the Hazard Bulldogs have played the much tougher schedule between the two. However, that being said, Hazard has scored 298-points this season but allowed 277.
The Bulldogs have rushed for 1,760-yards and passed for 1,457. Hazard has registered 11-TFL’s this season but only 3-sacks as a team. The Bulldogs have picked off 12-passes, four (4)-FF’s and five (5)-FR’s.
As for quality work being turned in by a ball club, the Hazard 7-4 mark is a bit deceptive. Hazard beat Middlesboro by two, 42-40 (7-3, 2A), beat Harlan County (4A), beat Letcher County Central (4A, ranked 8th RPI, 8-3), beat Ashland Blazer, 3A, 10th RPI, 7-4), and beat Somerset (2A, 6-5).
As for common opponents, both of them beat Middlesboro by about the same margin. Hazard beat Somerset, Williamsburg didn’t. Hazard’s work against 4A, particularly beating Letcher (who ran Perry County Central off the field 48-0), should give this ball club confidence it can invade the Jacket’s hive and come out with a 3rd-round appointment in the Regional Championship game.
Our call: KPGFootball likes Hazard in this game. We believe Hazard beats Williamsburg, 24-20.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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