WOODRUFF — Woodruff used key contributions in each facet of the game to rout Emerald on Friday night. Led by an offense that scored on every drive, the Wolverines provided the homecoming crowd with a 52-14 victory.
Johnathon Alexander highlighted the Wolverines’ first half. He scored on three touchdown runs, including a 14-yard run on the game’s first drive. He later added two scores on two-yard runs.
Crediting a tough week of practice after last week's loss to Union County with the offense’s success, Alexander also gave praises to his offensive line for providing the space to run.
“The offensive line came together, as we should and have been all season. I think this week in practice helped a lot. We practiced harder, way more competitive than we have been,” said Alexander.
Special teams also shone for Woodruff in the first half
As time expired in the first quarter, Nigel Cochran blocked an Emerald field-goal attempt from Ryan Halloway. Marcellas Dial was in the right place to scoop the ball up and return it 78 yards for a touchdown.
“I just saw green grass. I saw my teammate Nigel Cochran block the kick. I was like that’s me, I’m going to take it to the house. I just saw green grass, and I kept on running until I got to the endzone,” Dial said.
In the second quarter Noah Gaspar easily kicked a 35-yard field goal.
The second half saw Keegan Halloran and Omarion McKelvin highlight the Wolverines offense, hooking up for two touchdowns.
On the Wolverines’ first drive of the third, Halloran hit McKelvin on a screen. McKelvin did the rest as he raced 62 yards for the score. Less than three minutes later, they connected on a 14-yard touchdown.
Emerald came out in the second half much more successful on the ground. After rushing for only 18 yards in the first half, the Vikings gained 106 on the ground in the second. They hit a couple of key passes and ended up scoring 14 over the final 24 minutes.
But as the Vikings tried to force their way back into the game, the Wolverines defense also forced two turnovers.
Woodruff coach Bradley Adams wasn’t completely pleased with the second-half defense, but he was still very pleased with the effort and results from the entire team.
“We implemented something different in practice this week that really amped up our competition at practice. They responded to it, and obviously you can see we played the best football game tonight we’ve played all year long,” said Adams.
Woodruff’s final score came on backup quarterback B.J. Bailey’s 49-yard run in the fourth quarter.