Western Hills optimistic after loss to Jaguars

By ALEX WILLIAMS State Journal Sports Writer Published:

NICHOLASVILLE - The Western Hills football team believes in extenuating positives out of its negatives. And that motto remained firm even after its 37-9 loss to East Jessamine Friday night in Nicholasville.

The Wolverines were outmanned on both sides of the ball, and that became evident when WHHS trailed 30-3 at halftime. But the second half proved to be a different story. WHHS played the Jaguars close to the vest the final 30 minutes of the game giving up only one touchdown.

"We played an excellent game in the second half," senior lineman Jared Ford said. "The first half we were piddle-paddling around not sure of what we were going to do, but the second half we stopped them on the one-yard line, changed the momentum, and our defense and offense stepped to play the best game we could, and we did it."

That aforementioned goal-line stop breathed new life into a stagnant Wolverine team. WHHS used that momentum-builder to play East even in the second half.

The Jags sloppy play at the beginning of the second half continued to play in favor of the Wolverines. The Jags were assessed six penalties for over 30 yards. And to make matters worse for themselves, the Jags botched a punt attempt on fourth down that gave Western Hills prime field position.

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