Woodson Marks Homecoming Weekend with Season's First Win
Cavs win 28 – 21.
The Cavaliers saved their best gridiron performance of the season for Homecoming as they put together a complete game to defeat T.C. Williams 28 – 21 at Pat Cunningham Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The win was a pleasant addition to Woodson’s 50th anniversary festivities. Woodson's win propels them into the final weeks of the season as they look to add wins to their 1 – 5 record.
On the game’s opening drive, the Titans drove the length of the field before Woodson picked off a Titans’ pass in the Cavs’ end zone. Unfortunately for Woodson, the Cavs fumbled the ball on the interception return. The Titans took advantage of the miscue by scooping up the loose ball and taking it in for a short score. The Titans missed the extra point, but they led Woodson 6 – 0 at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter.
Woodson’s offense responded on the ensuing drive. Sparked by a 43-yard run by senior Joe Carter, the Cavs quickly moved deep into Titans’ territory. Following the long run, with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter, senior QB Andrew MacKay scored on a four-yard run to put Woodson on the scoreboard. Jacob Oleyar’s extra point gave Woodson the lead 7 – 6.
The Titans jumped back into the lead on their next possession with an 80-yard scoring drive. They added a two point conversion to take a 14 – 7 lead with 4:09 to go in the first half.
The Cavaliers, aided by two fine pass completions by MacKay, tied the game late in the first half. MacKay first connected with junior Jimmy McLaughlin to move Woodson deep into Titans’ territory. Then sophomore Jimmy McLaughlin pulled in a MacKay pass at the Titans’ one yard line to set up Woodson’s second touchdown. Senior Napoleon Augustin capped the drive with a one yard scoring run to help tie the game 14 – 14 at halftime.
Woodson’s offensive momentum continued in the second half, and with four minutes left in the third quarter Augustin struck again. On the scoring play he took a handoff from MacKay near midfield and disappeared into the line of scrimmaged. Then, just when most fans thought the play was over, Augustin emerged from the pile at a full sprint that ended 55 yards later in the Titans’ end zone. The score and Oleyar’s extra point gave Woodson a 21 – 14 lead.
In the fourth quarter Woodson added what turned out to be the game winning points on a five yard touchdown pass from MacKay to senior Peter Murray. The score put Woodson ahead 28 – 14.
Although the Titans managed a late score to close within 28 – 21, they could draw no closer. Woodson junior Tim Dempsey’s late interception sealed the Cavs’ victory, and they closed out the 28 – 21 win with MacKay’s kneel down on the game’s final play.
Woodson’s win was due in large part to the fine play of its offensive line. Seniors Patrick Halloran and Peter Murray, along with juniors Zach Outzen, Jeff Smith, Luke Kaplon, and Will McCombs led the Cavs’ power running game.
Saturday’s homecoming triumph over T.C. Williams provided much needed relief for a difficult 2012 season and energized Woodson’s the 50th anniversary weekend. The Cavs look to continue their winning ways next Friday at home against local rival Annandale.