Woodward Shows Heart in Near Come Back W

10/02/2017

The Woodward Bulldogs took on the Meadowdale Lions this past Friday, September 29th in the CMAC Game of the Week! Despite a strong second half form the Bulldogs, they were unable to overcome a 20-6 halftime deficit and lost 20-18. 

Woodward got off to a strong start, when Carlos Deer scored on a 40 yard TD run on the first play of the second drive for Woodward. Meadowdale responded quickly however, scoring a minute and a half later on a 35 yard pass play. 

The Bulldogs failed to get anything going on the next series after starting on their own 11 yard line. On the punt, the snap was fumbled and recovered by Woodward in their own end zone, resulting in a safety and putting Meadowdale up by a score of 8-6. 

On the next drive, the Lions scored another TD on their first play from scrimmage to go up 14-6. Woodward would start the next drive strong, getting to Meadowdale's 34 yard line before stalling out.

After another quick Lions TD, they took a knee before halftime leading 20-6.

The third quarter went scoreless as the defenses never let anyone inside their own 35 yard line for the entire frame.

Finally, in the fourth quarter Woodward broke through as Deer threw a 31 yard TD pass to make the score 20-12.

A few minutes later, the Bulldogs found the zone once again with Dason Hutchins scoring on a 50 yard punt return! Unfortunately, the 2-point attempt would fail. 

The Bulldogs played terrific 2nd half defense and had a chance to win the game, driving with a minute left to play, but ultimately threw a costly interception that would end the game. 

Woodward's defense allowed 0 passing yards and just 3 rushing yards on 21 attempts in the second half, proving they could get stops when they needed to. It just proved to be too little too late, however the Bulldogs should be proud of the heart they displayed in their near come back against a tough SOPL opponent. 

For the game, Woodward recorded 17 tackles for loss! Kyron Reese, Heshimu North, Terry Durham, Malik Denkins, Kelvin Reese and Denar McKenzie all contributed to the stout defense which follows the trend they've set so far this year. 

Deer finished with 75 yards rushing and showed tremendous leadership throughout the contest. 

The Bulldogs will play CMAC rival Western Hills this Friday, October 6, at Western Hills in hopes of bouncing back!