Taft Gantt ‘20
Woodberry Forest bounced back from a tough loss last week to beat Benedictine 35-26. Spoiling the Cadets’ fun on their homecoming weekend, the Tigers were impressive on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by Will Wideman and Jameel Wilson. Wideman completed 14 of his 20 passes and threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns off 18 carries.
“We just felt like we were clicking all around,” Wilson said. “We had been given the right tools to win the game by our coaches, and come game time, we executed.”
After the Cadets drove down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive, the Tigers responded by scoring 21 points and going into halftime with a 21-13 lead. Benedictine started the second half well by scoring 13 points in the third quarter. However, after a 75 yard touchdown run by Wilson, the Tiger’s were able to keep a two point lead going into the final quarter. Woodberry’s defense shined in the fourth quarter by shutting the Cadets out and sealing the deal for the Tigers after a crucial stop on fourth down late in the game.
With the win, Woodberry improved to 4-2 overall and remained 2-1 in the Prep League. The Tigers were not only in good spirits about the win, but because of fall break, the players were able to go home following the game. After a few days of fun, the Tigers returned to the Forest on Tuesday to begin getting ready for their game on Saturday, October 28, at Trinity Episcopal School.
“The win was very satisfying,” said Wilson, “But we’re not content yet, we have our eyes set forward.”
Woodberry looks to finish the season strong with only two games left before they face Episcopal in The Game.