Taft Gantt ’20
Woodberry Forest lost a heartbreaker to Charlotte Latin in overtime 20-26. After overcoming a 14 point deficit, the Tigers forced overtime after a 57-yard touchdown pass from Ben Locklear to George Pettegrew.
Charlotte Latin came out of the gates ready to play as they jumped out to a quick 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. The Tigers were able to gain momentum heading into halftime after a Locklear-Pettegrew touchdown connection and Wills Thompson 36-yard field goal.
After a late Charlotte Latin field goal, the game headed to overtime; each team would get the ball at the 10-yard line and have four plays to score. The Hawks scored a touchdown to start, but the Tigers managed to block the extra point. Woodberry was unable to find the endzone on their possession, and the game was over.
Although the game did not go in the Tigers favor, it was a great season opener. Mathieu Masse-Pelltier and Jianni Woodson-Brooks dominated defensively making big tackles. Bill Clark, Kyle Bilodeau, and John Harris ruled the defensive line, as well. Offensively, Locklear, Pettegrew, and Kalenga Muganda made huge plays all game.
“Ben and I,” Pettegrew said, “As well as the other receivers, had been practicing hard and trying to build chemistry, and this week it paid off. The offense had a good week of practice, but there is a lot of work yet to be put in.”
Woodberry left campus on charter busses after classes on Friday to head down to Charlotte. On their way down, the Tigers stopped at North Carolina A&T for a walk-through practice. After stopping at the Golden Corral for dinner, the team arrived at the hotel around 10pm.
The Tigers move to 0-1 and will travel down to Richmond, Virginia, to take on Prep League rival St. Chris on Saturday.