WC football returns from bye week with rivalry game

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By Brandon Mattingly


The Commander football team got a much-needed week off this past week after dropping their first three games of the season, and they’re returning to action this Friday in a border war featuring two teams in search of their first win of the season.

Washington County travels to Marion County (0-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. to take on the Knights in their final out-of-district game of the season. The matchup marks the first time since 2003 that both teams enter the rivalry game in search of their first win. Washington County Head Coach Eric Sagrecy said he expects fans to see a different team coming out of the bye week.

“This is our last oportunity to improve before we go into district play next week, he said. “Our kids have worked hard over the open week to prepare, and I expect to see a much improved team on Friday night.”

Marion County will show a 5-3 scheme on defense and will run a lot of wishbone and spread formations on offense, and much like the Commanders, despite their record have some playmakers who can gain yards by the bunches if the ball gets in their hands.

“They have good team speed,” Sagrecy said. “Cameron Brown is a senior that makes a lot of plays for them, but they have several talented kids that can give you problems.”

Times have been tough away from home early on for the Commanders, dropping two lopsided decisions, including a 56-14 loss to Clay County on Marion County’s field last month, but Sagrecy said he expects a much closer battle when Washington County returns to Lebanon on Friday.

“I think we are both pretty even across the board,” he said. “With a rivalry game like this, advantages are often negated anyway and execution becomes the key. Whoever wins the turnover battle will most likely be the team that comes out on top.”

Washington County has taken eight of the last 13 meetings in the rivalry since 1999, including the last two.