By Don White, CV&T staff writer
Somerset may be undefeated, but you can rest assured they aren’t overlooking their opponent in the second round of district playoffs.
Estill earned the respect of the Briar Jumpers by putting a major whipping on them last year, and again this season when the Engineers hung tough before falling 27-14.
Coach Mike Jones’ team advanced last week by defeating Taylor County 21-14 on the home field.
Last season, Estill took Taylor out of the playoff picture with a convincing 73-28 victory.
This time around the Engineers dominated the Cardinals in the first half, but needed some heroics from Mike Edmondson to seal the win after leading 21-7 early in the final quarter.
Edmondson stepped up for an interception as the Cardinals from Campbellsville were going for a tying score on a 25-yard pass with the game winding down.
Taylor County finished the season with a record of 4-7.
Meanwhile, Somerset advanced handily by downing the high-scoring Hornets of Magoffin County 48-16.
The Engineers also own a victory over Magoffin this season, winning 21-14 at Salyersville.
Somerset also demolished Taylor County in regular season play, taking a 62-15 decision on the home field.
Jumper coach Rob Lucas is well aware his team must play at a high level to defeat the Engineers, and is grateful the contest will be on his home turf.
“It feels good to know we’ll be at home. It’s a position we’ve worked very hard to put ourselves in,” he says.
The Engineers will be a about a 27-point underdog and are ranked 15th among all 3-A teams remaining in district play.
Somerset is ranked as the fifth best team.