“We’re happy with our kids’ effort,” said Harrison coach Marty Galbraith, who won his first game after returning to the high school ranks from a tenure as an NFL assistant. “We played hard. We made a lot of mistakes, which you do in the first game. We made enough mistakes to lose the game, but we came out on top.”
After failing to score in last week’s season-opening loss to Johns Creek, Woodstock (0-2) jumped out to 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
The first score came in the first possession as starting quarterback Justin Agner connected with Max Keeton for a 75-yard touchdown. A 40-yard field goal by Miguel Gomez widened the lead.
Wolverine quarterback Alex Motsinger, who was sidelined with a concussion two weeks ago, played briefly in the first half.
On the first play of the next possession, Harrison
(1-0) struck back when Chatham Carter moved inside and quickly darted outside for a 60-yard touchdown run.
Woodstock was looking to answer, but Agner’s pass intended for Keeton was intercepted by Will Huffstetler and returned 70 yards to the Wolverine 19. Three plays later, Hoyas quarterback Lorenzo Nunez found Drevon Jones for the touchdown to move Harrison out front 14-10.
The Woodstock defense could not hold off the Hoyas, who drove 66 yards in less than 4 minutes to add a touchdown just before the half for the 21-10 lead.
The defensive battle began in the second half.
Both teams began with consecutive four-and-outs in the third quarter. Woodstock was seemingly stopped again on fourth down, but Jacob Schoeb’s run on a fake punt, and an additional personal foul penalty on Harrison, put the Wolverines at the Hoyas’ 9.
A touchdown run by Sharrone Gates then brought Woodstock closer at 21-16.
A late turnover by the Hoyas gave the Wolverines the ball with just under 4 minutes remaining, and they drove into Hoya territory before an interception by Jones with 30 seconds left sealed Woodstock’s fate.
“In the second half, we did our defensive assignments like you’re supposed to do and didn’t give up any more points,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “Offense moved the ball, but again, we got down in the red zone and make mistakes, and we don’t come away with points. Those are the little things we got to work on.”