For a while Friday night, it looked as though Jellico High School’s football team might be able to give rival Williamsburg, Ky. a run for its money this year.
The Blue Devils had rallied from a 20-7 deficit with a touchdown and successful point-after kick with a little over 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
But the Yellowjackets got stronger as the game wore on and continued to put points on the scoreboard.
Williamsburg ended up routing the host Blue Devils, 68-22, scoring 30 more points than it did in last year’s game.
The look of disappointment on the faces of the Jellico players told the story.
Williamsburg put the first points on the board with a touchdown pass on its second drive of the game.
Nathan Overton tied the game for Jellico with a 21-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Fellipe Marinzek kicked the extra point to give Jellico its only lead of the game, 7-6, at the end of the first quarter.
Williamsburg scored twice more to take a 20-7 advantage.
The Blue Devils rallied back. Aided by two consecutive offside penalties against the Yellowjackets, Jellico drove downfield for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Devin Oakes called his own number for a 1-yard sneak. Marinzek’s PAT kick made it 20-14.
Williamsburg hit two more long TD passes before halftime. Jellico’s Gabe Mitchell caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Oakes with 28 seconds left. Overton tacked on the 2-point conversion to close the gap to 34-22 at intermission.
Jellico would not score again.
The Yellowjackets matched their offensive output in the second half to win by 46 points.
The Blue Devils hope to bounce back with a win tomorrow (Fri.) night against North Greene.