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WC Commanders take on district-rival Bardstown next

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By John Overby

Now 3-4 (2-2) on the season, the WC Commanders will play the Bardstown Tigers (5-2, 2-2) on Friday night to break the tie for third place in the district.

While DeSales and CAL are locked in at some order for the top two seeds, the rest of the district is still jostling for position

According to Head Coach Eric Sagrecy, a win would give WC an advantage going into their final district game against Fort Knox and when it comes playoff time.

“The winner gets their foot in the door for that third position, which is crucial,” Sagrecy said. “To get in their at the third spot will hopefully allow us play a little lesser opponent and avoid the one seed from the other side of the bracket, something we’ve had to do the past couple of years. This is a huge game for both sides.”

In WC’s win against Shawnee last Friday night, senior Tylyn Byas contributed a school-record 361 yards on 41 carries, and Sagrecy hopes for similar production for the rest of the season.

“We decided a couple of weeks ago that we need to get him as many touches as we possibly can,” Sagrecy said. “Tylyn’s not necessarily our best football player, but he is our best playmaker. Going into the Shawnee game, we let him touch it, let him make decisions on read plays, and we were very pleased with the outcome.”

On defense, the Commanders will focus on containing junior quarterback Keanu Young and senior tailback Deion Tonge.

But Sagrecy also knows that there is more to the Tigers than their dynamic backfield duo.

“Those two are a very important part of the offense, but Bardstown’s got a bunch of athletic kids all over the field,” Sagrecy said. “When [Bardstown’s] playing well, they can play with anybody. We’re going to have our hands full.

The Commanders will have two more regular-season games after their battle with Bardstown, one of which will be a district game against Fort Knox.