Woodmen Headed Toward Championship

For the first time in 12 years, the Woodmen football team is the Sectional champion.

Over the last 12 weeks, Woodman football has chalked up a 10-2 record, including three beat down wins in the Sectional tournament over Beech Grove, Mount Vernon and Mooresville.

“I’m definitely most satisfied with being able to make another run back in the tournament and become Sectional champs,” junior Bryce Taylor, linebacker, said. “Our biggest strength was being able to cause three-and-outs and our offense capitalizing and scoring off of them.”

The Woodmen did just that. After a slow first quarter in the Sectional championship that brought them down 6-13, the team fired on all cylinders with a breathtaking seven touchdowns in the three quarters following.

“We could feel the momentum shift in the second quarter. Once we got our minds right, we just took off and played confident the rest of the game,” junior Isaiah Drew said.

The Woodmen have improved on starting the game with energy from the kick-off. In all three rounds of the tournament, the team has scored 21 or more points in a quarter in the first half, starting off hot on offense.

“Just being in the championship gave us the confidence to play at our best level,” Taylor said. “Feeling teams out has definitely been one of our weaknesses, but we’ve really worked on that since the Plainfield game.”  

The recent success of the football team in the tournament has sent them into the Regional Championship against Mississinewa tonight.

“We are doing our best to stay focused on each step of the ladder. Regionals is next, so we work on what we’re going to do to complete that step,” Drew said. “After that, we’ll refocus on whatever comes next, whether that’s the next round of the tournament or next season.”

Junior Bryce Taylor had some advice for future generations of Woodman football players.

“If the future generations just realize how good they could be potentially be and put in hard work, they could do so well,” Taylor said.

Kick off for tonight’s Regional game starts at 7:30 p.m. at GHS, but gates open at 6:30 p.m.


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