Taft Gantt ’20
After having two weeks to prepare for their final game, Woodberry’s Bengal Football squad defeated the Foxes of King George Middle School 24-14 on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers got off to a quick start. On the first play from scrimmage, John Hill forced a fumble that Owen Diesel would pick up and return for a touchdown to give Woodberry a 6-0 lead in the opening seconds. Two drives later, though, the momentum shifted as a fake punt attempt backfired and surrendered the Foxes field position in Woodberry territory. King George would take advantage of the opportunity, finding the end zone to make the score 8-6.
Looking to avoid entering halftime trailing for the fourth time this season, the Tigers fought back, regaining their lead on a bizarre play that ended with McGuire Neuman recovering Matthew Wiley’s fumble in the end zone to take a 12-8 advantage into the locker room.
Neuman wasn’t done scoring though; on the first drive of the third quarter, he hauled in a touchdown pass from Nic Hawkins to extend the Tiger lead to ten points. Although the Foxes cut their deficit to four early in the fourth quarter, Woodberry was able to put the game away on the following drive as Reid Hood caught his second ball of the day, this time for a forty yard touchdown.
While the Tiger offense deserves credit for doing its job, the defense’s outstanding performance also merits recognition. Matthew Wiley, Tut Linen, and J Owens made crucial tackles on would-be big plays, Caleb “Goofy” Donelson picked off his first pass of the year, and the defensive line (Thomas Bowen, George Wade Mohamed, and John Hill) wreaked havoc in the backfield on nearly every snap. Defending the Foxes’ wishbone offense wasn’t easy, and the Tigers defense rose to the occasion. The last seconds of the season ticked away, and the final score was 26-16
Woodberry finished its season 3–1, improving nearly every step of the way.