By Taft Gantt ’20
Having not played a home game in over a month, the Tigers returned to Johnson Stadium eager to prove that they are better than their winless record showed. Woodberry did just that, emerging with a 38-28 victory over Trinity Episcopal.
The Tiger offense got going early, scoring on its opening drive when Ben Locklear ’21 threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Rhys Logan ‘20. On the ensuing two Woodberry drives, Tyler Mills ‘21 hit a field goal and Donovan Baker ‘22 ran for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 17-0 in just nine minutes of play. After trading touchdowns in the second quarter, Woodberry headed into the Buxton Room with a 24-7 lead.
Woodberry struck first in the second half on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Luke Blundin ‘20. Trinity responded with two touchdowns in the third quarter, but the Tigers managed to keep a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Baker led the Tigers’ rushing attack with 100 yards and three touchdowns. Woodberry also found success in the air. Locklear completed 12 of his 18 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Blundin led the Tigers in receiving with 111 yards and a touchdown.
The win shows the improvement this Tigers’ team has experienced as the season has progressed. Woodberry, who had suffered two overtime losses and a one-point loss in its last three games, has refused to give up. The Tigers hope to finish the season with two more wins and already have their eye on November 9 when they take on Episcopal High School in Alexandria.
Woodberry will look to keep its momentum heading into Saturday’s home Prep League matchup against Fork Union. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.