Washington County football returns home for Bardstown

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County (1-6) football is coming off its first win of the season in a district matchup with Fort Knox (1-6), but they’ll get a much steeper challenge within the district this week when they return home to host Bardstown (6-1).

The Tigers are coming off a 41-6 loss at the hands of Christian-Academy Lousville, and Washington County Head Coach Eric Sagrecy knows they don’t need any extra motivation.

“Bardstown is well-coached and their kids play very hard,” he said. “They will no doubt be looking to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the year. It’s a big game for both teams and I have no doubt that we will get their A-game.”

The Tigers have had quite a bit of turnover since last season, and many of the playmakers on from last year’s dynamic offense are no longer with the team, but Bardstown restocked with plenty of talent, as their record indicates.

“They have a few kids returning, but they are such a deep, talented team year-in and year-out that they just seem to reload,” Sagrecy said.

Sagrecy expects to see an offense featuring the option, similar to what Bardstown has run in years past, with a mixture of four-front and three-front defenses.

“They’re a versatile offense with weapons everywhere,” Sagrecy said. “They’re a defensive nightmare to prepare for. For us to have an opportunity to win, we have to build off the offensive production from last week and add a few more wrinkles. Defensively, you have to play assignment football and not make mistakes, because one wrong step could result in a touchdown.”

The Commanders and Tigers will kickoff on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Washington County High School.

WC has two games remaining on the schedule following the matchup with Bardstown, including their home finale on Oct. 19 against Shawnee.