Commanders get set for senior night clash with Shawnee, look to lock up playoff berth

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By Brandon Mattingly

Friday will mark the final game at Bennett R. Lewis field for the Commander football seniors, but when Washington County plays host to Shawnee there will be more implications than just sending the seniors out with a home victory.

With the Commanders and Golden Eagles each defeating Fort Knox in recent weeks, the final playoff spot in the district is up for grabs when Washington County and Shawnee face-off this week.

“It’s a big game for us and it’s senior night,” Washington County Head Coach Eric Sagrecy said. “We have been improving over the last few weeks and this team has the ability to shake some things up in the playoffs, but we have to get this win to have that chance.”

The Commanders will be looking for some offense after being held under 200 yards from scrimmage in last week’s loss to Bardstown, and health could be a major factor in that area.

“We are beat up physically and our depth has been depleted,” Sagrecy said. “(Sophomore JaQualin Thompson) has been out with a concussion and we hope to get him back soon. (Junior) Tylyn (Byas) will be day-to-day this week and we will re-evaluate his status later in the week. We have a lot of guys who are bumped and bruised, so we will use this week to try and get healthy, so that Friday night we can perform at a high level.”

The defense certainly hasn’t been an issue of late, and should be a strong-suit going into the game against the Golden Eagles, as Washington County surrendered only 13 points over seven quarters to Fort Knox and Bardstown, before giving up 15 fourth-quarter points to the Tigers last week.

The Commander defense will need to contain Shawnee’s spread offense that has some I-formation mixed in, led by senior quarterback Dasmond Morris and sophomore Tevaughn Ritchie, to continue that recent success.

“This Shawnee team is not the same as some of the ones we’ve seen in the past,” Sagrecy said. “They have the playmakers on offense to make you pay if you make a mistake and they really get to the ball on defense. We will have to be prepared and execute to pick up a win on Friday.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Commanders’ final game of the regular season will be at LaRue County on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.