Varsity Football Falls in Opener

By Taft Gantt ’20

Staley Wideman ’20 (#8) puts his hands up to make a catch against defensive back AJ Wilson ’20 (#14). Wideman caught the Tigers’ only passing TD against Georgetown Prep.

On a beautiful Saturday in Johnson Stadium, Woodberry Forest hosted Georgetown Prep for both teams’ season opener. The Little Hoyas won 30-14, taking advantage of a few Tiger turnovers.

After a rough start, Woodberry headed into the Buxton Room down 21-0 at halftime. The Forestmen had some miscommunication early that caused three interceptions and gave the Little Hoyas great field position; the third interception was returned for a touchdown shortly before halftime. Prep running back Jalen Hampton, who is committed to play at Virginia Tech, led the way offensively, scoring two of the Hoyas’ other three touchdowns.

“The big difference in the game was the turnovers,” Head Coach Scott Braswell said. “ The first step to winning a game is not beating yourself.  We have to win the turnover margin, and we were down three turnovers.”

Woodberry came out strong in the second half, scoring the first touchdown off a 72-yard run by Rhys Logan. A few minutes later, quarterback Ben Locklear hit Staley Wideman for a 17-yard touchdown that capped off a 77-yard drive.

“I know we will keep working to improve,” said Braswell, “And I think we have a chance to be a good football team.  We will need some people on offense to step up and make some plays, and we need to stay healthy.”

The Tigers are back in action next Saturday in Johnson Stadium when they host Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m.

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