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FOOTBALL: Five thoughts on Anderson County's win over West Jessamine

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By John Herndon

Welcome to a new feature I have added after football games and some other sports I will be covering,

 

Five thoughts on Anderson County's win over West Jessamine

 

1.Some Anderson County players admitted it was difficult to focus on the task at hand with highly-regarded Franklin County looming next week. Anderson coach Peach, however, gave much of the credit to Taylor, a legitimate big-time running back who had 324 yards.

From this corner, it might have been a combination of the two. Anderson effectively turned the ball over four times in the first half – two interceptions, a fumble and failing to cover a live ball on a kickoff – which is very uncharacteristic of Bearcat teams over the last few years. I cannot remember the last time I saw an Anderson team commit a gaffe like the botched kickoff. It'

On the other hand, Taylor is, as Anderson assistant coach Jason Dickerson tweeted last night, “the real freakin' deal.” We are talking about 324 real yards. Taylor has good speed, but what impressed me most was he was such a load to bring down. Always moving forward. If he is not a Division I player, there is something wrong.

 

2.West Jessamine is the best 2-6 team I have ever seen. At the beginning of the year, I pegged the Colts dead last in the district, like most observers. Early in the season, they gave no reason to challenge that view, but over the last few weeks, West might be the most improved team in the state. Peach says it coincides with the Colts deciding to ride Taylor's back as far as he can take them.

 

3.Zachary Carmichael is a gamer. He got picked off three times, twice when he threw the ball right to a West Jessamine defender. In all fairness, a sideline observer, like me, cannot always tell if that is the quarterback or receivers fault. Yet, even with the uncharacteristic turnovers, Carmichael hit 21 of 28 passes and scrambled for some big pickups.

Along that line, I also can't describe some of the catches Ross Cox made last night. Acrobatic is the word that will have to suffice.

You cannot measure how important the touchdown pass from Carmichael to Cox just before halftime meant to Anderson's comeback.

 

4.Anderson got a lot of big plays from unsung heroes last night.

After West Jessamine had gotten within 41-39 with 4:27 left, Chase Sutherland went high to come up with an onside kick that had taken a big bounce. Sutherland wend up between several Colts to come up with a possession that turned out to be huge for Anderson.

On West Jessamine's final offensive play, the Colts tried some razzle-dazzle. Instead of giving to Taylor, quarterback Ryan Horne handed off to Robby Irgang on a reverse. Some of the Anderson coaches noted that cornerback Zach Kearns stayed on his assignment and turned the play inside. From there, I am not sure who made the stop. It was a swarm of white jerseys, accurately attributed to on the stat report as “Team.”

 

5.You won't see a regular-season game out in the state hyped anymore than the Anderson County-Franklin County game, set for next Friday in Frankfort. The Flyers also struggled Friday before putting Woodford County away 76-55 in a shootout. In that one, the game was tied at 55 early in the fourth quarter.