Some wins are so sweet you just want to savor them in your mouth like a sip of crisp apple cider.
When the Somerset Briar Jumpers walked off the field with the regional title and a 31-7 win over the Danville Admirals, last night it was that kind of win.
It was the fourth straight regional title for Somerset. It marks a perfect record for Coach Robbie Lucas, whose teams have won 47 out of the 56 games they have played in those 4 years. And for the fourth time in four years, Somerset is in the final four.
Somerset has now done it in two classes: twice in 3A; twice in 2A.
And they are only 2 games away from being the last team standing: a feat the Somerset football team has never done in the 104 years they have played football.
From the beginning of the game, it appeared the Admirals would make this into a far closer game that the two teams played on October 5. Indeed, both quarterbacks seemed to have a great deal of trouble controlling the ball on the exchange from center.
But Somerset’s Castle Hatcher took control.
Danville’s Devonta Alcorn didn’t.
The loss certainly had to come to a shock to both Coach Sam Harp and Coach Marshall Ray Graham, who spoke with more than a small amount of contempt about the Briar Jumpers in interviews with the Danville Advocate Messenger earlier this week.
Hatcher, one can glean from reading that story, is too short to play.
Tonight, he was about Seven Foot Twelve as he threw for three touchdowns, ran the ball when he was expected to throw it, and sinply played tough and gutsy football. Oh yes, did I happen to mention he is a freshman?
Somerset also got another sterling performance from Cam Cheuvront, who caught two touchdown passes and another that may have been the finest high school catch we have ever seen from the Somerset pressbox. Every one of us in the pressbox, maybe everyone in the stadium, expected it to be an interception, but Cam Cheuvront reached across the defender, snatched the ball from the front of his face, cradled it into his arms and crumpled to the ground.
And just when we thought there would be no more scoring, up pops Jalen Jones with the pick six from the 32 after Danville’s Devonta Alcorn was forced to throw the ball late in the game. It was not a case of adding insult to injury: it was just good, hard football.
But the star of the ball game was not just one player. It was the hard-nosed Somerset defense, which held Danville to only 158 yards of total offense on the night. Even Danville’s sole score was a gift: the Jumper punt hit a Somerset player in the helmet, popped into the air, and came to rest on the Somerset 10. Four plays later, Danville’s Jawan Grey waltzed into the end zone.
That error and the subsequent interception seemed at the time to give Danville new life; new momentum. At the 4:52 mark, Danville’s Jawan Grey ran the ball for what was apparently a 65-yard touchdown. But a block in the back penalty brought the ball back.
Seconds before, Danville had been so hot, you would have sworn Nero was playing his fiddle.
After the play, Danville could do nothing more to help its own cause. A fumble in the backfield gave Castle Hatcher the opportunity to try the scoop and score, the interception that Tyler Megargel made, but doesn’t get credit for because of a roughing the passer penalty, and of course, the neat little interception that Jalen Jones took to the house.
Ever the gentleman in victory and defeat, Coach Robbie Lucas once again praised his adversary.
“We made some plays against some teams earlier in the year, but they are not the caliber of the Danville team we beat tonight,” he said. “There are athletes all over the field for Danville. Coach Harp is a Hall of Fame coach. He is one of the people that I look up to. He is kind of an idol that I reckon I strive for. He is a class act and so is the Danville program.”
And about his players, who seem to play more in the moment than most high school teams any of us have ever seen?
“We tell these kids just play the next play,” he said. “Win the next play. If we go for a touchdown on a play, play the next play like you are down a touchdown. We simply want to try to push through.”
But the next game is the most important thing to think about right now.
“This is going to sound conceited,” Lucas said, “and please don’t take it that way. But we have been here before. I would like to go ahead and push through northern Kentucky and that’s going to be tough. We need to get back in, and continue to work week to week.”
Somerset will host Newport Central Catholic on the day after Thanksgiving. NewCath handily beat a very talented Walton-Verona team 49-14 last night. They will come into the Briar Patch with a 9-4 record, but they have not lost a game since September and can be expected to be a hand full. The last time the Thoroughbreds came to town, both teams were in Class A. NewCath beat Somerset 40-24. They went from The Briar Patch to Louisville and the State Championship game.
There, they beat Danville.
It was the last time Danville has been to the State finals.
Danville 0 0 7 0 – 7
Somerset 3 7 7 14-31
Somerset — Chandler Dobbs 25 FG 3:44
Somerset — Tyson Williams 10 pass from Castle Hatcher (Dobbs kick) 2:21
Somerset — Cam Cheuvront 26 pass from Hatcher (Dobbs kick) 11:02
Danville — Jawan Grey 4 run (Damir Karapandzic kick) 8:10
Somerset — Jalen Jones 32 INT (Dobbs kick), 3:04
RUSHING—Danville Jawan Grey 6-21 (1TD), Devonta Alcorn 10-45, Tyquan Matthews 1-2, Olyjawan Ford 6-37, Jadarius Brown 2-6, Ray Bradshaw 1-0, Stephen Ray 1-27
Somerset, Will Lange 16-56, Tanner Gadberry 3-0, Castle Hatcher 8-43, Bryson Jones 3-0, Brysen McWilliams 1-3, Tyson Williams 1-4, Team minus 4
PASSING—Danville: Devonta Alcorn 4-13-19 (1 INT)
Somerset: Castle Hatcher 7-16-204 (3TD 1 INT)
RECEIVING—Danville-- Ace Ray 3-5, Cody Woolridge 1-14
Somerset, Cam Cheuvront 3-82 (2TD), Tyson Williams 1-10 (1TD), Bryson Jones 3-112
KICK RETURNS – Danville Ace Ray 1-2, Jawan Grey 1-7
Somerset—Cheuvront 1-39, Will Lange 1-35
INTERCEPTION RETURN –Somerset: Jalen Jones 1-32 (1TD)
Briar Jumpers capture fourth consecutive regional championship title
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Somerset downs Pulaski to claim title
For the last four years Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School have battled it out for the 47th District baseball championship . Counting Tuesday night, three out of the four years the Briar Jumpers have brought back the gold. Somerset defeated the Maroons 7-4.
Of their 7 runs scored, the Briar Jumpers tallied 5 of those runs off homers. Somerset freshman Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Chandler Purcell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Warriors blast past Wayne Co., 14-9
When Southwestern is hitting the ball solid, they are a very dangerous baseball team.
Wayne County received a first-hand look at just how much damage the Southwestern bats can do on Tuesday evening at Warrior Stadium, as the homestanding Warriors tallied 14 runs on 16 hits in a 14-9 victory over the Cardinals in the 48th District Baseball Championship game.
Lorman, Henderlight keep Pulaski alive
Facing a four-run deficit and down to their last three outs, elimination looked inevitable for the Pulaski County High School baseball team on Monday night in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
But a Pulaski last-inning rally capped off by a Henry Lorman bases-loaded clearing double off the left field wall and a Chris Henderlight walk-off RBI base hit propelled the Maroons to a 7-6 comeback win over Rockcastle County High School.
Warriors down Monticello, 11-1
It takes five wins to make it to the Forcht Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament.
The Southwestern Warriors are one-fifth of the way there now, as they took down Monticello in the first round of the 48th District Baseball Tournament on Monday night at Warrior Stadium. With the five-inning, 11-1 victory over the Trojans, the Warriors advanced to the championship game and next week’s regional tournament.
Alex Eaton’s ball club did exactly what they needed to do to make it back to the regional tournament once again. The third-year Southwestern coach is hoping that his squad can come away with the program’s first regional title since 2004.
Lady Warriors advance to finals; looking for 8th straight district title
So far in the 2013 high school softball season, McCreary Central has had their way with Southwestern in their two regular season match-ups.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors will get a chance to get a little revenge against McCreary Central, as the two teams will meet up in the 48th District Softball Championship.
Somerset cruises to 15-1 win over Rebels
After a slow start in the first two innings, the Briar Jumpers put it all together with a 10-run third inning en route to a 15-1 (5 inning) win over Casey County High School in the first round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
The Rebels scored in their very first at-bats, and the Jumpers countered with a three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first after Jumpers’ junior Charlie Dishman blasted a three-run homer to left field to plate Jacob Pelston and Addison Thompson.
Mills, Cheuvront, Goldson win state titles
Local track and field athletes turned in one of the all-time best efforts at the state level in Saturday’s Class A and Class AAA Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Somerset High School garnered two state crowns in the Class A state meet, as junior Cam Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Maranda Mills won her second consecutive triple jump state crown.
Later in the day in the Class AAA state meet, Pulaski County High School junior Jimmy Goldson ran away with the 800-meter state title.
Sammy Jo Bullock places 7th in nation
Shopville Elementary fifth-grader Sammy Jo Bullock fired a 284 in the National Archery in Schools National Championships to place seventh in the girls elementary division. Bullock, who peirced the center circle 16 times, was third n the nation among her fellow fifth-graders.
Pulaski downs Corbin on Senior Night
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
Somerset seniors help down Warriors, 3-1
Prior to their cross-town match-up with Southwestern, Somerset seniors Parth Patel and Heath Ehrsam were honored for their years of hard work with Senior Night festivities.
Patel and Ehrsam continued to shine on their special night at the ballpark, as the pair of Briar Jumper seniors played a pivotal role in Somerset’s 3-1 victory over the Warriors last night at Charlie Taylor Field.
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