W.T. Woodson Cavaliers vs. T.C. Williams Titans at T.C. Williams
Titans 21 – Cavaliers 14
- By The Dunn Family -
The Woodson Cavaliers traveled to Alexandria on Saturday afternoon to face the T.C. Williams Titans at T.C.’s Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium.
Although the Cavaliers played arguably their best all-around game of the season, they fell nonetheless to the Titans by a final score of 21–14.
As they have all year, Woodson again put forth a competitive, physical effort against the Titans, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Ultimately, however, the Cavs failed to take full advantage of multiple Titans’ miscues.
Woodson managed only two scores against a staunch Titans’ defense led by University of North Carolina recruits Malik Carney and Jeremiah Clarke.
The loss drops Woodson’s record to 0–4, while Titans move to 3–1 on the year.
The Cavs now look forward to next Friday’s homecoming contest against Oakton to get into the win column.
The Titans were the first to get on the scoreboard Saturday. Early in the first quarter following a Woodson turnover, T.C. drove from near its 40-yard line to deep in Woodson territory.
The touchdown came on a pass from Titans quarterback Darius Holland to T.J. Jordan with just over eight minutes left in the quarter.
The Titans threatened again later in the first, but the Cavaliers’ defense made the first of many of its big plays on the day to halt the drive.
The stop came when Conor McLaughlin stripped the ball from a Titans’ receiver near the Cavs’ goal line and Woodson recovered at its 10-yard line.
Woodson moved out near midfield on the ensuing drive before being forced to punt. The change of possession proved costly for Woodson as the Titans’ returner took the kick from deep in T.C. territory up through the middle of the Cavs’ coverage for a long touchdown and a 14–0 lead.
Woodson responded with a score in its next drive. Beginning from the 27-yard line Woodson moved the ball down field into Titans’ territory near the end of the first quarter. Then, on the first play of the second quarter, Cavs’ quarterback Patrick Riley connected with Jimmy McLaughlin in the right corner of the end zone for Woodson’s first touchdown.
McLaughlin’s diving catch and Jacob Oleyar’s extra point pulled Woodson to within seven points of the Titans, 14–7.
The Titans got back on the scoreboard early in the second half. Following an interception, T.C. drove down field to the Cavs’ nine-yard line. Lamont Whiteside finished the drive with scoring run from there to move the Titans in front, 21–7, with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Woodson responded again early in the fourth quarter after the Cavs’ Tim Dempsey intercepted a Titans’ pass near T.C.’s 41 yard line. Moments later China Moon finished Woodson’s short scoring drive with a 30-yard touchdown run. Oleyar added the extra point to make the score 21–14.
That was as close as the Cavaliers would get, however. Woodson had several possessions late in the game, but T.C.’s swarming defense stopped the Cavs several times down the stretch, and the final score stood at 21–14 in the Titans’ favor.
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