By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
If you can’t go through them, then go over their heads. That seems to be the new approach to Washington County’s offense this season. With a young squad loaded with sophomores and freshmen, the Commanders have taken to the air to put some points on the board, and it seems to be a productive method of operation. WC is at the top or near the top of all offensive categories in Kentucky Class 2A football.
According to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Web site, as of Oct. 5, Washington County senior quarterback Joe Joe Simms has thrown for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns so far this season. Simms has completed 92 of 160 attempts for a completion rate of 57.5 percent, nearly 10 points higher than the next QB on the list, Danville’s Trae Grey, who has thrown for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns, attempting 86 passes while completing 42 for a rate of 48.8 percent.
Simms has adjusted well to WC’s new offensive approach.
“It hasn’t been hard at all. It’s a lot of fun,” he said.
Simms set a new school record with five touchdown passes against Bardstown on Sept. 26.
“I like having the record, but at the same time, I wish we would have won,” added Simms. “I’m looking to break it again sooner or later.”
Lee Mudd, the Commanders’ senior receiver, is also at the top of the 2A stats list with 37 catches for 521 yards and seven touchdowns, edging out Austin Gearheart of Prestonsburg who has 20 catches for 504 yards and seven touchdowns. WC junior receiver Alex Simms isn’t far behind with 32 catches for 441 yards and four touchdowns.
“All of our wide receivers have been working really hard,” added Simms. “I’m trying to distribute the ball to my X and Z receivers as well, my outside guys.”
The Commander offense is much better than its 1-4 record shows. The key to turning the season around will be strengthening the defense, especially against the ground assault, which has been a weakness of the Commanders through five games. Special teams coverage will also need to improve.
Washington County will be on the road this Friday when it travels to Fort Knox to take on the 0-6 Eagles. Fort Knox has been outscored 280-52 through six games, and with the Commanders averaging 34 points per game vs. 8.66 ppg for the Eagles, the Commanders look to bomb the fort from the air for their second victory of the season. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Tune in to WYSB 102.7 FM at 7 p.m. for live pre-game coverage followed by the game at 7:30 p.m. and check out game highlights and photos in next week’s Springfield Sun and online at www.thespringfieldsun.com and www.readthesun.com.