Taft Gantt ’20
Woodberry extents their win streak to 13 games against St. Chris after a 31-28 victory in Richmond. The Tigers drove down the field with two minutes left to set up a 27-yard field goal for Wills Thompson.
“It was a crazy game,” said Thompson. “The win was huge, and as I said to the team before the game, this is easily one of the biggest games of our season. To win in such a phenomenal way was awesome.“
In a very back-and-forth game, the Tigers scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win. Woodberry’s offense was hot all game, led by DeQuece Carter’s 230 yards and two touchdowns.
“My success started with the O-Line,” said Carter. “They did their job and Ben did his job getting the ball out, and at that point, the touchdowns and yards were easy. All I had to do was catch them and run. We work on a lot of plays in practice and to execute them in the game is a great feeling.”
Ben Locklear commanded the Tiger’s offense scoring all four touchdowns and throwing for 383 yards. Kyle Bilodeau was on the receiving end of one of the touchdowns and tallied 90 yards. Woodberry’s primary back was Rhys Logan who rushing for 69 yards.
On defense, the Tigers made some crucial stops. Leading tacklers for Woodberry were Caleb Hodges (7.5 tackles), J Banzet (5 tackles), and Taylor Tucker (5 tackles).
The Tigers did a great job of carrying over last year’s motto of “Next Man Up.” Lots of players had to step in and fill the gaps after lots of injuries, including Kalenga Muganda, Mathieu Pelletier, and Luke Hutchinson.
“It was a big game for the seniors,” said Carter, “Including me, and to get that first prep league win was huge! Especially coming down to the last second.”
Woodberry hosts Landon High School in the Tiger’s home opener. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm on Saturday. The last time Woodberry lost to St. Chris was in 2005, and it will stay that way after a clutch performance by the Tigers.