By Taft Gantt ’20
Another week, another heart break, though this time it happened on the final play of the game rather than in overtime.
With five seconds left, the Tigers had the ball on their own 34-yard line for one final play: the ball traveled 22 yards in the air and 14 yards on the ground before Luke Blundin picked it up and was off to the races, finally being brought down just three yards short of the end zone with no time left on the clock. The tackle gave Woodberry another devastating loss at Benedictine on Saturday, 27-26.
The Tigers entered a hostile homecoming environment in Richmond to face the number one ranked team in the state. Trailing 21-10 at halftime, Woodberry scored 16 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 26-21 lead. However, the Cadets regained the lead with a 32-yard touchdown pass, the last score of the game.
Benedictine had a strong start to the game, scoring a touchdown on each of its first three drives. However, the Tigers kept it close with a three-yard touchdown run by Donovan Baker and a 32-yard field goal by Tyler Mills.
Woodberry scored quickly to open up the second half on an 82-yard touchdown pass from Ben Locklear to Rhys Logan. The Tigers’ defense then rose to the occasion. Sixth-form linebacker J Banzet had a strip-sack and safety on the next two Benedictine drives. The Forestmen took the lead near the end of the third quarter with a 51-yard reverse flea-flicker touchdown from Locklear to Logan, who finished the game with 144 yards of total offense.
With the loss, Woodberry falls to 0-6. The Tigers return to Johnson Stadium on Saturday when they take on Trinity Episcopal at 2:00 p.m.