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To The WOODSHED!
Friday, October 24
GO, FIGHT, WIN!!
WOODSTOCK — The battle of Towne Lake lived up to its billing Friday night.
Woodstock defended its field with a 47-44 victory over Etowah in double-overtime, improving the Wolverines to 5-0 for the first time in team history.
On Woodstock’s first play of the second overtime, with Etowah having kicked a field goal, quarterback Justin Agner pumped once and delivered a 15-yard pass to the corner of the end zone for Josh Loud. The receiver’s feet barely grazed the turf before the Wolverines stormed the field and the stands emptied in celebration.
“I hope this builds more confidence in them to know that’s a playoff team that we just played,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “It took two overtimes and we pulled it out. That’s a playoff football team and I hope this continues to build confidence in our kids and their abilities.”
After the teams traded field goals in the first overtime, Etowah (4-1, 2-1 Region 5AAAAAA) started the second overtime with the ball on the 15.
Raishod Devezin ran the ball inside the 5 for a first down, but a pair of penalties backed the Eagles up to the 18. Quarterback Robbie Knox took three throws toward the end zone, including one that was batted away by Woodstock’s Sharrone Gates, but the Eagles again settled for a field goal by Noah Webber.
Etowah coach Dave Svehla didn’t take anything away from Woodstock, which improved to 3-0 in region play and sports a half-game region lead over idle Roswell.
“They have an awfully good offense and can score touchdowns,” Svehla said. “We did a good job in the first overtime of getting them to kick a field goal, then they turned around and did the same thing back to us. In the second overtime, we had the ball at the 5 and then just had things go against us. Then we got the field goal and, honestly, I was worried that might not be enough.”
Neither team led by more than eight points at any point of the game.
Woodstock received the opening kick, but it was forced to punt when the drive stalled after a pair of first downs. Etowah scored first on a 1-yard run by Knox with 6:56 in the first.
The Wolverines didn’t waste time tying the score on their next possession.
A long kickoff return by Gates had Woodstock working from midfield. Runs by Deante Robinson and Agner set up a 7-yard run in which Reagan Amos ran around the end for a touchdown to tie it 7-all.
That score stood just 16 seconds — the length of time it took Etowah’s Stanlee Logue to return the kickoff 92 yards.
But before the end of the quarter, Woodstock tied the score with a 14-yard run by Robinson.
That was the final gain for Robinson, who was stopped at the line of scrimmage on the Wolverines next possession and left the field with a shoulder injury. He watched the remainder of the game from the sidelines with ice and a bandage around his left arm.
Webber made a 32-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, and Woodstock’s Christian Alfaro answered with a 35-yard field goal to tie the score at 17-all with 1:10 left in the half.
On Etowah’s next play from scrimmage, Woodstock’s Jerrail McMickens stripped the ball and defensive lineman Quint Scott recovered and returned the ball 19 yards for a touchdown. A missed point-after left the score 23-17 in the Wolverines’ favor heading into the second half.
The scoring was nearly as furious after the break.
Etowah received the kickoff and scored 4 minutes later on a 25-yard pass from Knox to Noah Dye. The Eagles soon took an eight-point lead as Knox found Bronson Rechsteiner in the flats on a third-and-5. Rechsteiner was hit at the line of scrimmage, but he broke the tackle and two more, on his way to a 55-yard touchdown and a 31-23 lead.
Before the end of the quarter, Woodstock knotted the score at 31-all on McMickens’ 39-run straight up the middle. Agner ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion.
In the fourth, Woodstock went up 38-31 on an 18-yard pass from Agner to McMickens, only to see the Eagles tie it with a 17-yard run by Knox with 2:05 remaining.
Budde said one of the keys to winning was slowing down Devezin, who would not have eclipsed 100 rushing yards had it not been for overtime. Devezin finished with 23 carries for 101 yards.
“Our defense played really hard,” Budde said. “It was just about trying to load the box and get one more than they can block in there.”
Knox was 14-for-23 passing for 184 yards. He also picked up 55 rushing yards on nine carries. Rechsteiner was his primary target, with six catches for 105 yards.
Without Robinson for most of the game, Woodstock spread the ball around.
Agner led the team in rushing with 66 yards on 15 carries, despite being hit for losses on five plays. He was 15-of-20 passing for 189 yards.
McMickens finished with 64 yards on eight carries, while catching three passes for another 46 yards.
“We worked (McMickens) all week at running back so he knew what we were doing,” Budde said. “It’s nice to have talent like that.”