Taft Gantt ’20
Woodberry took down the Benedictine Cadets 40-30 in a thrilling game at Johnson Stadium. The Tigers enter Fall Break with a two game winning streak after playing in their last home game until The Game against Episcopal on November 10th.
Two defensive touchdowns in the second quarter gave Woodberry the momentum, as well as a 14-6 lead. The first came from a bobbled snap by Benedictine where Bill Clark fell on the ball in the endzone. Less than two minutes later, the Tigers forced a blocked punt, and Bennett Hudson came down with it for another touchdown.
“I was ecstatic!” said Defensive Coordinator Alex Tisch. “Anytime you see a big man get six, it’s a special day. The defense really showed up. We had two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, so anytime we can get the ball back to the offense we are doing our job.”
The offense did their part as well scoring three touchdowns. Ben Locklear threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns. One was an 80-yard touchdown bomb to Dequece Carter who ended up with 175 yards. The other touchdown was to Staley Wideman who recorded his first touchdown of the season. Locklear also had a two-yard touchdown run off a quarterback sneak.
“After the defense scored,” Carter said, “they were telling [the offense] we needed to pick it up, so that definitely motivated me and the rest of the offense.”
The Tigers stayed in control for the rest of the game. After a 26-yard field goal by Wills Thompson (his second of the game), Woodberry held the Cadets scoreless in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Woodberry moves to 3-2 on the season. The Tigers will travel to Richmond next Saturday to take on Trinity Episcopal School.