“Obviously, Sandy Creek has been a great team for a long time, and so I wanted to see how we would step up to the challenge,” said Hunt, who in his fourth season in College Park has led the War Eagles to their best start since they began the 1997 season 11-0. “Our approach was wonderful all week in practice, and we kept stressing execution and tonight we executed. I’m real proud. They earned that win.”
Especially the defense. That unit -- led by senior linebacker Max Richardson (committed to Boston College) and junior defensive linemen Knox Hagan and Coston Barber – stifled Sandy Creek’s potent running game and forced sophomore quarterback Bryant Walker into throwing his first two interceptions of the season.
“I’m a little surprised at the 37 points, but not the 7,” Hunt said of the score. “That’s how our defense has been playing all season.”
The beat down began on Woodward’s very first play of the game. After forcing Sandy Creek to go three-and-out, the War Eagles took advantage of a short punt and took over on the Patriot 40 yard line. With Holyfield in the backfield, Glover faked a handoff to the senior UGA commit, and hit a wide open Jacob Robertson down the far sideline, as Sandy Creek’s secondary came up quickly in run support. Martin Rodriquez’s point after kick made the score 7-0.
Sandy Creek moved the ball on its second possession, but the War Eagle defense eventually forced another punt that sailed into the end zone for a touchback. Woodward proceeded to drive 80 yards in eight plays, including a 37-yard run by Glover and a 23-yard catch and run by Holyfield on a middle screen. Holyfield did the honors, capping the march with a 13-yard touchdown run in which he started up the middle but bounced outside, shook a defender and then danced into the end zone for a 14-0 War Eagle lead late in the first quarter.
After the teams traded interceptions, Woodward pushed its lead to 20-0 when Glover threw his second touchdown of the game – a 23-yarder to Antone Williams.
Sandy Creek answered quickly when on the second play of its ensuing drive, junior running back Marvin Hubbard ran out of two tackles, bounced outside and raced 81 yards for a touchdown to narrow the gap to 20-7 with a little less than five minutes left in the half.
But Woodward put the game when Glover and the War Eagle offense executed its two-minute offense to perfection. Glover capped a 50-yard, one-minute drive with a beautifully thrown ball down the near sideline to Robertson for a 26-yard touchdown and a 27-7 lead with just 30 seconds left before halftime. Glover finished the game with 309 yards passing, and four touchdowns.
Sandy Creek 0 7 0 0 7
Woodward Academy 14 13 10 0 37
WA – Jacob Robertson 40 pass from Ryan Glover (Martin Rodriguez kick)
WA – Elijah Holyfield 13 run (Rodriguez kick)
WA – Antone Williams 23 pass from Glover (kick failed)
SC – Marvin Hubbard 81 run (Javan Hawes kick)
WA – Robertson 26 pass from Glover (Rodriguez kick)
WA – Rodriguez 32 fg
WA – Joshua Johnson 72 pass from Glover (Rodriguez kick)