Taft Gantt ’20
Woodberry Forest battled through the rain in their last home game of the season to beat Fork Union Military Academy 35-20. Quarterback Will Wideman found DeQuece Carter in the end zone twice to get the Tigers off to a 14-0 start early in the second quarter. Carter’s second touchdown was a “SportsCenter Top 10-like” catch as he jumped up over the defender to come down with the ball for a 20-yard score. Adding to his breakout game, Carter found the end zone again in the third quarter and finished the game with 128 yards and three touchdowns.
“All credit to the offense,” Carter said. “The offensive line was getting their job done, Will Wideman was giving me beautiful passes, and everything really clicked for us. It felt really great to have a game like that.”
Overcoming an injury to his throwing hand earlier in the week, Wideman had another stellar game with 309 passing yards and four touchdowns. Heading into the fourth quarter with a 21-7 lead, running back Jameel Wilson, who had 102 rushing yards on the day, added to the Tigers’ lead with a seven-yard touchdown run. The Tigers put the game out of reach when Khalid Thomas turned a simple completion into a 94-yard touchdown by using his speed to outrun the entire FUMA defense.
“It was really exciting,” said Thomas. “The team has been through a lot of ups and downs this season, but to come out and have a good showing in our last home game was a big deal for us.”
The Tigers defense also had a great game by holding Fork Union to only seven points until late in the fourth quarter, when FUMA had two late touchdown runs. The Tigers were also able to win the turnover battle in the rain with interceptions by Jack Curtice and Khalid Thomas.
Not only was it the last home game for the Tigers, but it was also Dr. David Smith’s last time calling a varsity football game for WFSPN. Dr. Smith, who has been calling Woodberry football for six years, was honored during halftime of WFSPN’s video broadcast.
The Tiger’s improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Prep League. With the win Saturday, Woodberry was named Prep League Tri-Champions with Collegiate and St. Christopher’s after the Saints upset the Cougars earlier that day. This is Woodberry’s fifth year in a row as champions of the Prep League. Now the Tigers are preparing for what their whole season has come down to: The Game. Woodberry travels to Alexandria, Virginia, on November 11, to face Episcopal High School in what will be the 118th meeting of the rivalry. The Game is the South’s oldest continuous high school rivalry and will be an exciting way for the Tigers to finish what has already been a very successful season.
“We are very confident,” Thomas said. “We have a winning streak in the game, so we are going try and keep that going. But it will definitely be a tall task, and we are going to grind this week to make sure we get the outcome that we want.”