Northfork LumberJacks tooling up its execution and seeking championship!

There is nothing more important to the lifeblood of a successful high school program than well-run, elementary and middle school feeder programs. If the system is done correctly, the kids enter ninth-grade with a firm understanding of the schemes they will run in high school, the terminology they will continue to hear, and a sound indoctrination of exactly how to play football with solid fundamentals and the right way

When Breathitt has really rolled, throughout program history at the high school level, the LumberJacks and the middle school Bobcats have fed football players, and by that we mean kids who really are skilled at playing the game, into the high school program. Ask anyone with any gray hair who has been around to see it.

Well, the LumberJacks are feeding the middle school with football players again, and in turn, the middle school is pumping players into the high school again, and the Bobcats, at BHS, have won 15 of the previous 16-games it has played. This is no accident. This is exactly how it is supposed to work. We call this cause and effect

Coach Glen Gross is helping coach the 5th-6th grade LumberJack football team this fall and we were able to get up with him about the Jacks’ most recent football game on the road at Madison County. According to Coach Gross, whose time we really appreciated, the Jacks won Saturday, 13-6.

Cam Johnson caught a 15-yard pass on 4th and 8 on a what was described to the newspaper as a pivotal play resulting in a 1st and goal from the 2-yard line, as opposed to the other alternative, a turnover on downs. Trace Kincaid delivered an on the money, 4th-down aerial and Kylan Combs carried it the remaining 2-yards for the score; making the score 7-0 after the successful PAT.

QB, Trace Kincaid elected to carry the PAT across the goal himself for the really important conversion. Such conversions often comprise the margin of victory.

Kylan Combs got loose on a 65-yard scamper to put the LumberJacks ahead of Madison County 13-0. The PAT, the second time, was unsuccessful, leaving the score as before indicated. 

Then things got a little interesting. Madison County decided to show-up and test the mettle of the Jacks’ defense. 

Madison County got loose on a jet sweep. The slot guy “jetted” 60-yards for a TD but the conversion was no good as the Jacks’ bowed their collective backs and wouldn’t permit another invasion into its end zone. 

This strike of lightening, 60-yard sweep of the end would comprise the offensive highlight of the game for a Madison County offense which couldn’t solve the defensive riddle posed by Kylan Combs, Bryson Johnson, Jacoby Little, Cam Johnson, Braylon Thomas, and Bentley Tincher, all of whom made big plays for the defense on the afternoon. 

For the game, the Jacks rushed for 250-yards on the ground and Kylan Combs led the ground force with 130-yards and 2 TDs on the day. Coach Gross particularly credited the deft and crafty way QB, Trace Kincaid, handled the football executing the offense's option game. He referred to it as instrumental to the Combs’ led ground force’s big day, production-wise.

The Jacks have lost a single game, thus far, and head to Paintsville to take on Johnson County’s finest this coming Saturday. After that, the Clark county tournament commences and the Jacks have their collective eyes firmly set on a championship. Kickoff Tuesday will be in Winchester at 7:00 p.m. at the Conkwright Elementary School.

Show up and watch the future of our program and get to know the names which will be dinner table discussion around Breathitt County for years to come. If you think these games unimportant, a brief look at BHS football history should thoroughly impress upon you how far off base that belief actually is.

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