WILLIAMSBURG – Chad Hall’s first season as head coach of the South Floyd Raiders ended in the opening round of the Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Williamsburg on Friday night. Host Williamsburg prevented South Floyd from advancing in the postseason, defeating the Raiders 41-12.
South Floyd ended its season 3-8 with the loss.
With the win, Williamsburg evened its record to 5-5 and advanced to the second round of the Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
Austin Huskey made the biggest impact for the Yellow Jackets, rushing eight times for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Cameron Bowen completed 6-of-10 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown as Williamsburg pulled away to win convincingly.
Emerging as Bowen’s top target, Alex Patterson hauled in three receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown.
Williamsburg, which finished as the Class 1A runner-up in 2014, produced a pair of touchdowns on the defensive side. Tanner Rains returned one of three interceptions 41 yards for a touchdown in Williamsburg’s victory. Another Williamsburg defender, Hunter Browning, returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown.
Justin Solis posted seven tackles and Hunter Brown added six stops for the Yellow Jackets. Chipping in, Dalton Dunn and Hagen Hawn recorded one interception apiece for the Williamsburg defensive unit.
South Floyd scored both of its touchdowns in the second half to avoid a shutout. The Raiders, who notched wins over Betsy Layne, Jenkins and Phelps but suffered losses to Harlan, Knott County Central, Allen Central, Pikeville, Twin Valley (Va.), Hazard and East Ridge during the regular-season, faced a Williamsburg team that had claimed three straight victories and won in four of its previous five outings.
Williamsburg will visit Pikeville in the second round of the Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday, Nov. 13. Kickoff for the Williamsburg-Pikeville game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.