Bearcats visit W. Jessamine Friday night

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By John Herndon

In the rebirth of Anderson County football, there have been some signature wins but one of the most important, and overlooked, came at West Jessamine, the next foe on the Bearcat schedule.

The date was Oct. 20, 2006. The Bearcats overcame a sloppy - horrendous might be a better description - field and the emotion of West Jessamine's Senior Night to post a 24-12 win.

The naysayer would point out that Anderson's sixth win of the season came against a club that had only beaten lowly Bourbon County.

But that win at West Jessamine guaranteed Anderson a winning season for the first time since 1999, keeping the Bearcats on coach Mark Peach's road for a championship.

The programs have headed in opposite directions since that night. Anderson has won 12 of 14 while West Jessamine is currently on a 17-game losing streak after Saturday's 27-2 loss to Louisville Western in the Marion County Pigskin Classic.

In fact, West Jessamine has lost 23 of 24 since pasting Anderson 48-19 in 2005.

First-year coach Randy Wood is the program's fourth coach in four years, but he has a pedigree of success from a three-year stint at Morgan County. His 2004 team upset Mercer County at Mercer in the first round of the state playoffs.

"He is an excellent coach," said Peach. "We know that West Jessamine will be much better this year."

The Colts gave up 503 points while scoring just 47 last year. The Bearcats routed West Jessamine 58-0 in the second game of the 2007 season.

Saturday, West Jessamine managed just 89 yards, all on the ground, against Western.

Ironically, West Jessamine leads the series with Anderson, which started in 1999.

During some of those years, it was the Colts, not the Bearcats, that were enjoying statewide rankings.

Peach does not expect his team to be looking past the Colts to a huge district contest with Grant County next week. "We have some things to work on and fine tune," he said. "We have got to improve our pass protection."

Peach said his team had no significant injuries in the Madison Southern game.