VERSAILLES, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Woodford County High School football team has entered a new era since head coach Dennis Johnson arrived seven years ago. His experience playing in the NFL and at Kentucky brought a change of culture, evident in the Yellow Jackets’ run to the state semifinals last year.
They lost to South Warren, who went on to win the Class 5A state championship over Frederick Douglass. Now, the bar has been raised.
“The hard thing I told them is how do you respond and do it again it’s easy to be a one-hit wonder how do you come back and be consistent that’s the one thing we’ve talked about a lot we don’t talk about last year a lot because our roster is a little different but just trying to be consistent and having the same work ethic as we did that got us to this point last year,” Johnson said, who played under his dad Alvis at Harrodsburg High School.
Preston Stacy is one of the state’s leading rushers with 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, a potential Mr. Football candidate leading a talented offense. Offensive lineman Tristan Cook and receiver/safety Aiden Nelson are both Ball State commits as well.
“I think a lot of integrity our loyalty mainly based on what we do out there on the field for each other a lot of us really go out there and do a lot of stuff for each other we’re a hard-working team just teamwork really, loyalty,” Stacy said.
One of few question marks for Woodford County is a big one: the quarterback position. Senior Brice Patterson had an electric season for the Yellow Jackets last year but has now moved on to play at Morehead State, leaving a hole to fill.
Jasper Johnson, who is also coach Dennis Johnson’s son, and Andrew Nason are both sophomores and both bring different skills to the position. Coach Johnson expects both to split playing time.
Woodford County begins the season next Friday at the Don Franklin Scottie Bowl, taking on LaRue County at 5 p.m. at Glasgow High School.