Estill, WHHS football from Sept. 22

Wade Hampton upsets Lakewood

The now 2-4 Wade Hampton High School Red Devils came away with a much-needed 32-13 victory Sept. 22 against larger 4A Lakewood High School, of Sumter.

According to WHHS Head Coach Jerry Brown, this was the first game of the season in which the Red Devils did not fumble the football or lose an athlete to injury. Although numerous athletes have sustained injuries in previous games, Brown believes his team is far from out of commission.

“I’ve always told players it’s not a matter of numbers:  you can’t get but eleven players on the field at a time,” said Brown. “But our eleven were better than their eleven. They had 50 and we had 20-something, but that doesn’t matter. Our kids played with a lot of heart.”

Last week’s matchup did see a few blunders by the Red Devils, with two touchdowns being brought back and negated due to penalties.

The week prior, the Red Devils fell to Oceanside Collegiate Academy, of Mt. Pleasant, by a final score of 41-21.This Friday the team will host 2-3 Battery Creek for WHHS’s homecoming. Brown says their tough quarterback will make the game challenging, but he believes the Red Devils have a real chance of adding a win to their record if they can pressure the Battery Creek quarterback.

Matt Smith was given praises this week by Brown for his nine tackles and four assists at the linebacker spot during the Sept. 22 win.

 

Gators Head Coach seriously injured in game

Estill Gators Head Coach J.C. Threatt suffered a severe leg injury on the sideline last Friday during an away game.

Estill High School Fighting Gators Head Football Coach J.C. Threatt suffered a broken knee while standing on the sideline during a Sept. 22 away game against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.  Threatt is currently on medical leave from the school and could not be reached for comment. No word was issued of how long the team would be without their head coach.

The injury adds another layer to an already disappointing season for the young Estill team. So far, the team has compiled a season record of 0-4 (0-2 conference). The Gators have lost by double digits in all four of their games this season and fell to HKT by a final score of 38-0.

Look for Friday night lights to shine again in Estill on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. as the Gators host conference rival North, who has a season record of 0-5 (0-2 conference). Who will go away with their first win of the season?