Braxton Clark ’18
The Tigers bounced back hard in a 34-0 win against the Bishop O’Connell Knights on September 9th. Their record improved to 1-1 after a close season opener. Quarterback Will Wideman ‘18 led the team in rushing, and DeQuece Carter ‘19 caught for 175 yards. Woodberry’s defense had a standout game, holding the Knights to zero, and the secondary players stifled any attempt at long passes. “[It’s] the first time we really looked like Woodberry,” running back Jameel Wilson remarked.
Some fans were concerned about the effort last week, citing a underperforming offense line and unpolished possessions. Linebacker Dean Browning ‘18 explained what steps the team took to get back to form.
“That’s been a big question mark. The offensive linemen wanted to have a big bounce back week, and I feel like they really stepped it up. I’d like to point out Edward Solms and Bill Clark as leaders of that group. Obviously losing week one was like a big punch in the gut for everyone, but after that week, especially defensively, we have high morale.”
Mr. Wilson attributed their success this week to their preparation. The varsity players moved into Woodberry earlier this summer, so they could start training earlier for the season. However, they did not have the opportunity to polish their game against another team before the season began. After their first game, the players could really focus on what needed to be done during practice.
“Everything was clean. When we were running through plays, we were executing. Receivers were catching passes, running the routes right. Offensive line was looking better. Everything [was better]. And so the whole week leading up, we knew this was going to be a better game.”