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Written by: Andrew Schaffer on Sunday, August 29th, 2021
In the third game of the Western PA vs everyone football showcase between Woodland Hills and Wayne Valley the story at first was missed opportunities by both teams, but eventually Woodland Hills got going in their 20-0 victory. “It was a little bit of a slow start, a couple passes that were double caught, that if we catch them clean you never know what happens” said Coach Bostard.
Wayne Valley started with the ball and it was looking like a drive that would result in some points. After a run by Danny Smith, Wayne Valley was in Woodland Hills territory. They got to the 19 yard line but unfortunately the drive stalled and ended with a missed field goal. A big storyline of this game was Wayne Valley just couldn’t finish their drives throughout the game and part of that was caused by the defense of Woodland Hills coming up big. “Kudos to our defense, to everybody they fly to the ball, eleven guys to the ball, that’ll win you football games” said Coach Bostard.
Nothing much happened in the first quarter with both teams struggling to move the ball on offense. One notable drive though was Woodland Hills was deep into Wayne Valley territory inside the 15 but after a couple of incomplete passes Woodland Hills turned the ball over on downs.
The first points of the game occurred midway through the second quarter when Brandon Jones ran it in from 29 yards out, and after the failed extra point it was 6-0 Woodland Hills with 6:53 left before the half. Jones played a key role in the win, he had 8 carries for 90 yards.
That happened to be the only scoring drive of the first half with both teams struggling to move the ball and failed to capitalize on some opportunities. “The message at halftime was it was 6-0 when it should’ve been 21-0, we shot ourselves in the foot, drop pass in the end zone and holding call down inside the 10, we put ourselves behind the sticks” said Coach Bostard.
Woodland Hills got the ball to start the second half and they would capitalize on getting the ball first, they ran the ball down the field with ease. It was capped off with a big 44 yard run by Eris Seibles, and after the 2 point conversion it was 14-0 Woodland Hills with 10:07 in the third quarter. Seibles also played a key role in the win he had 116 yards on 15 carries. That drive basically set the tone for the second half. “That was huge” said Coach Bostard.
The first drive of the second half for Wayne Valley was looking like a good one. They were deep inside Woodland Hills territory but because of a penalty and a sack the drive stalled and Wayne Valley ended up turning the ball over on downs. The score at the end of 3 was 14-0 Woodland Hills.
In the fourth quarter Woodland Hills had the ball on one drive and they were in their own territory on a 4th and 1 they decided to take a chance and go for it and the runner was just short of getting the first down.
Thanks to the big stop Wayne Valley had a golden opportunity to cut the Woodland Hills lead in half, they started with the ball at the Woodland Hills 41 yard line. After a couple of plays and a personal foul Wayne Valley was at the 16 yard line. On the play after that an interception occurred which ended the drive.
Despite getting the ball back Woodland Hills continued to struggle. A sack nearly resulted in a safety but the runner was down at the 1. On the next play one of the most unlikeliest of plays occurred, Deontae Williams connected with Louis Callaway for an electrifying 99 yard touchdown pass which pretty much put the game away. “It’s just one of those plays, you’re trying to take a shot and hoping something good happens, and fortunately for us big time players make big time plays in big time games, he got a step on him and he took it to the house” said Coach Bostard. “All I can say is good play call by Coach, we knew they were in cover three, so why not try 1 on 1 to one of our best receivers, gotta have faith in our players, and again it was just a great play call by Coach” said Deontae Williams about the play.
The game was ultimately ended when Deontae Williams made another big play this time intercepting the ball and returning it 70 yards down to the Wayne Valley 28 yard line. “All I can say about that was I was in a great position on that catch” said Williams.
The final score ended up being 20-0 Woodland Hills which wrapped up the Western PA vs Everyone showcase.
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