Taft Gantt ’20
On a muddy field at Trinity Episcopal, the Tigers fought hard to take down the Titans 13-6. Creeping their way closer to a Prep League title, Woodberry was led by its defense who had their first shutout of the year.
The Tigers got on the board first off a one-yard touchdown run by Rhys Logan at the start of the 2nd quarter. The extra point was no good due to a bobbled snap. The 62-yard drive was led by a long completion from Ben Locklear to Kyle Bilodeau across the middle of the field.
After another stop by the Tigers’ defense, the Titans got their first and only score of the game off an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was stopped on a big hit by VI form captain Taylor Tucker.
Going into halftime tied 6-6, Coach Tisch praised the defense while Head Coach Scott Braswell and the offense tried to figure out how to get the offensive spark back that they have had so far this season.
The first and only score of the second half came off a 25-yard touchdown pass to Staley Wideman midway through the third quarter. Wideman now has a touchdown in back-to-back games in his first two Varsity starts.
The Woodberry defense came up clutch in the fourth quarter to hold the Titans’ offense scoreless as they were all game. Credit to Caleb Hodges, Thomas Rowland, and Mathieu Pelletier for their great pass coverage and John Harris, Bill Clark, J Banzet, Bennett Hudson and Jianni Woodson-Brooks for their defending the run.
“Even though we had only three days of practice,” said Pelletier, “Coach Tisch made a great defensive scheme to stop Trinity. We all did are job and played together; I think we got our swagger back.”
With the win, Woodberry moves to 4-2 on the season and 3-0 in the Prep League. If the Tigers can beat Fork Union next Friday on the road, they will return to the Forest Prep League champions once again.