Taft Gantt ‘20
The Woodberry Tigers defeated their rival St. Christopher’s 49-28 in what turned out to be a tale of two halves September 17th. The Tigers came out of the gates hot to take a 42-0 lead going into halftime.
“A remarkable start to the game,” said Scott Braswell, Woodberry’s first-year head coach. “Everything seemed to be working for us.”
With the win on Saturday, Woodberry improved to a winning record of 2-1 following a 34-0 shutout the previous week at Bishop O’Connell. Led by Quarterback Will Wideman, who finished with 309 yards passing, 60 rushing yards, and four touchdowns, Woodberry finished the game with a season high 49 points.
Wideman had a stellar first half, connecting with wide receivers Khalid Thomas and George Pettegrew in the end zone, while also delivering a 60-yard bomb to Dequece Carter. Freshman quarterback Ben Locklear came into the game when Wideman went to the sideline after losing his helmet. On his first ever play as a Tiger, facing fourth and long, Locklear threw a beautiful 37-yard touchdown pass to Khalid Thomas.
Also, scoring for the Tigers in the first half were running back Jameel Wilson and linebacker Davis Sherwood, who put the defense on the board with a 46-yard scoop-and-score.
After a dominant first half performance from the Tigers defense, the Saints bounced back strong in the second half by cutting the lead down to 14 points after scoring 28 unanswered points in the third quarter. But after an incredible 30-yard touchdown run by Jameel Wilson in the fourth, the Tigers were able to seal the win in their first conference game and improve to 1-0 in the Prep League.
“It was good to get our first Prep League win,” said Thomas. “But it only lasts 24 hours, so it is time to start getting ready for Paul VI.”
Even though the Tigers have a bye week, they have already started an intense week of practice to get ready for their home game September 30th versus Paul VI.
“We are not satisfied yet,” Thomas added. “We still have work to do.”
After losing a nail-bitter to Charlotte Latin in the Tigers’ home opener, Woodberry was able to capture their first home win of the season. Not only was it a first for “Team 119,” but it was also the first win for Braswell at Johnson Stadium.
“It was great to get our first home win,” Braswell said. “Woodberry has been a very welcoming community, and I want them to feel good about the football team this year.”