Taft Gantt ’20
In the last away game of the year, the Tigers defeated Fork Union 27-17 to become Prep League Champs for the sixth year in a row. Woodberry Forest is now on a four-game win streak going into The Game this Saturday against Episcopal.
The Tigers’ offense fought hard through adversity facing many injuries. The first two trips to the red zone for Woodberry ended with a pair of field goals by Wills Thompson. The first touchdown of the day came off a beautiful pass from Ben Locklear to Kyle Bilodeau. The Tigers entered halftime with a 13-10 lead.
Asa McManamy was the Tigers’ second half saviour with two 25+ yard touchdowns to seal the game. McManamy, a Third Form receiver, was playing in his first full game in a Woodberry jersey coming back from a hip injury during early ball.
“It felt great to be back,” McManamy said. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity all season. Credit to the offensive line for their great blocking and the coaching staff for giving me a chance.”
The Tigers’ defense, coming off a shutout last week, continued their dominance. Bill Clark and John Harris on the defensive line made it a nightmare for the Fork Union run game. Jianni Woodson-Brooks and Mathieu Pelletier laid big hits on almost every drive. The biggest play of the day came in the last two minutes off a game-winning interception by Jax Hill.
“Our D-Line was killing the O-Line,” said Hill, “So it made our job a lot easier. The coaching staff believed in me, even when I made some mistakes early. Nobody gave up on me, and I was able to bounce back and make some plays.”
The Tigers finish conference play undefeated and become Prep League Champs for the 6th year in a row. Woodberry Forest heads into The Game vs. EHS 5-2 and on a four-game win streak.