Whitesburg holds cross-country meet
On Sept. 22, Whitesburg High School held its first Cross-Country Invitational in nearly six years. In the boys’ division, the Whitesburg team won with a total of 38 points and Harlan was second with a score of 55 points. James Meade paced WHS to win with a time of 16:30 and a 4th place finish. Meade was followed closely by Jason Miller as he placed 5th.
Rick Lucas finished 7th with Thomas Romine finishing 8th, and Brian Cook finishing 14th.
In the girls’ race, Deanna Boggs won with a recordbreaking time of 11:15. Sophomores Kim Fields and Donna Profitt finished second and third. The Lady Jackets at this point in the season are ranked third behind Danville and last year’s state champion, Clay County.
The Jackets returned from Fleming-Neon with a 16-2 victory over the Pirates. The officials kept busy this ballgame with 145 yards in penalties and two players ejected from the game against Whitesburg. There was no scoring the first quarter as the Whitesburg defense shut down the Pirates while the Jacket offense was plagued by penalties. All of the Whitesburg scoring came in the second quarter with a oneyard run by Jerry Tyree for a touchdown; the try for 2 was successful. The second touchdown was by Michael Jackson with a 4-yard run, the 2-point try was again successful and Whitesburg led 16-0 at halftime.
The only Pirate scoring came in the third-quarter when a Whitesburg fumble was recovered by Eddie Adams in his own end-zone, giving Neon 2 points. In the fourth-quarter the Pirates went to their passing game and on their biggest scoring threat of the night Jerry Tyree intercepted a long pass, effectively stopping the drive.
Whitesburg rushed for 156 yards and passed for 82 for a total of 238 yards. Jerry Tyree led in rushing with 67 yards with Durrand Brooks rushing for 39 yards. The passing game was led by Herky Brooks with 37yards, Fritz Boggs for 26 and Craig Spangler for 20 yards.
Whitesburg received the opening kickoff and proceeded to move the ball down the field. With 5:57 left in the 1st quarter the score was tied 8-8.
The Jackets received the ball and Jerry Tyree ran the ball 50 yards from the line of scrimmage, putting Whitesburg in the lead which they were to hold for the rest of the ballgame. Allen Tyree ran one in from the Napier 10-yard line, giving Whitesburg a 22-8 halftime lead.
In the second half Whitesburg outscored their opponent 22 to 20 with touchdowns from John Hayes, Jerry Tyree, and Darrin Banks.
Whitesburg’s defense was led by Allen Tyree with 5 solo tackles, 2 assists and one interception. Eddie Adams was the next highest with 3 solos and 2 assists.
The leading rushers were the Tyree brothers, Jerry with 120 yards and Allen with 86 yards.