2020 36 Blitz: Lincoln County Patriots

The Patriots look to turn close losses in 2019 into close wins in 2020


STANFORD, Ky (WTVQ) – It’s a new year, a new challenge and plenty of uncertainty,
but there’s plenty of optimism and excitement out of Lincoln County.

“That’s the good part about coaching,” says head coach Spencer Crutchfield. “It’s my job to get them where they need to be. I’ve told the kids, ‘as long as we’re working hard and doing things that i ask them, we’re going to be alright when the season gets here.'”

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With no spring ball it’ll certainly be learn on the fly for the Pats, but one area of stress throughout this summer and heading into the fall, finish games.

“We could have been 8-3 instead of 3-8, just tough losses in overtime,” said quarterback Clayton Davis. “Lost by a touchdown that we should have won,this year we’ll definitely clean it up.”

“We have a lot more people out here that just don’t want to get get close again,” said defensive end Miracle Cody. “Lincoln’s lost every game by a touchdown or overtime. we’re just tired of it. we’re going to get through.”

Those close losses included three in overtime with only have six seniors on this year’s roster the Pats will look to a huge junior class to help turn their late game luck around.

“We have a few pieces that’s coming back that has some experience,” said Coach Crutchfield. “We’re just looking forward to seeing who is going to step up and who’s ready to take a leadership role and where we’re going to go from there.”

One of those exciting juniors is Clayton Davis.

“As a sophomore, he kind of showed that he’s able to make some plays. we’ll be moving him around, trying to get him the ball some in different places,” said Coach Crutchfield. “We’re going to rely on our o-line, there’s some big guys. we’re going to try and get behind them and go down hill.”

On the defensive side, senior linebacker Miracle Cody has big goals in mind for he and his teammates.

“I’m going to try to lead the team this year in sacks,” said Cody. “I want to try and get the whole defense where we’re one of the best in 4A.”

If those goals are going to happen it all goes back to the mindset in practice..

“If we’re able to finish each practice and finish each game the way we’re going to try to,” says Coach Crutchfield. “I feel like we’re going to be in position to be really not successful.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com