By Taft Gantt ’20
Woodberry Forest fell to Landon School on Friday 13-6 in overtime. The Tigers’ defense played an outstanding game, holding the Bears scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter.
“I’m very proud of our guys,” said Coach Scotty Braswell Jr. “I think that as a whole team we really came together this game. Defensively, it was a lot of fun for us to have success like that and see each other make plays and celebrate together. Even though we didn’t come out on top, they played great the whole game. It was cool to be a part of.”
After a dogfight for four quarters, the Forestmen headed to overtime with Landon tied at six apiece. High school overtime rules give both teams the ball at the 10 yard line with four plays to score. The Bears got the ball first and scored a quick touchdown after three runs straight up the middle. The Tigers would need a touchdown to extend the game. After three plays, the Tigers found themselves on the 21-yard line. Hoping for a miracle, Ben Locklear dropped back to pass needing a touchdown. He completed it to Sam Dolphin who caught the ball just shy of the goal line and was brought down there. Landon stormed the field victorious.
Tyler Mills had the only two Tiger scores of the day. Both field goals came in the fourth quarter. The first was a 31-yard kick which put the first points on the scoreboard for either team. The next was a 27-yarder to tie the game.
Landon responded after the first Mills field goal with a 56-yard touchdown drive. However, a blocked extra point by Mathieu Masse-Pelletier allowed the Tigers to tie the ball game with a field goal a few minutes later.
Woodberry is back in action next week when they travel to Richmond to take on Prep League foe Collegiate. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.