By Taft Gantt ’20
Woodberry’s first score of the day was an exciting one, as Staley Wideman displayed an incredible balancing act on the Tiger paw at midfield en route to an 80-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, that came after St. Christopher’s School jumped out to a 20-0 lead.
The hole was too big to crawl out of Saturday as Woodberry lost to St. Chris, 20-27. The Saints snapped a 13-game losing to the Tigers, who fall to 0-3.
“In the second half, our team finally showed a sense of urgency, which we hadn’t had since the Georgetown Prep game,” said sixth-form linebacker J Banzet. “And it showed as we won the half 20-7. Now that we have seen what we can do when we actually want to come together and play with enthusiasm, it’s all about putting that energy and effort into entire games and not just one half or another.”
Ben Locklear passed for 275 yards and all three of the Tigers’ touchdowns. Two of those were to Wideman, who had eight receptions and 159 yards. The first score came shortly after halftime on a slant across the middle. Wideman was hit after the catch but managed to stay on his feet as the defender tumbled to the ground. Once he regained his balance, he headed toward daylight and went into the end zone untouched for the Tigers’ longest play from scrimmage this season.
The Tigers’ offense then gained momentum, moving the ball up and down the field with ease. Wideman’s second touchdown capped off an impressive 70-yard drive.
Luke Blundin and Landon Ellis had big days as well with 43 and 42 yards receiving. Sam Dolphin caught the other touchdown on a four-yard throw from Locklear.
After three consecutive home games, the Tigers have two weeks to prepare for their first road game of the season on September 27th against IAC opponent Landon.