Woodrow Wilson shuts out Winfield
BECKLEY -- Woodrow Wilson is on a mission to make up for a 2013 football season it believes got away. The first step was a resounding success.
The Flying Eagles defense held Winfield to 131 yards of total offense, quarterback Brent Osborne and running back Ron Blanks were in control offensively Friday and Woodrow beat the Generals, 28-0, to open the season at Van Meter Stadium.
It was Woodrow's first shutout since a 35-0 win over Capital in 2010.
"I was really proud of our defensive line and our linebackers," Woodrow coach John H. Lilly said. "They played a whale of a ballgame. Probably the best game we have played in two years. Noah Hancock, Justin Ward, Marcus Mickey, Devante Smith did a great job on that defensive line. And I thought our three linebackers played phenomenal -- Troy (Lilly), Chris Worley and Devante Hoover."
The Generals, who return just two offensive starters from last season, were breaking in a new quarterback. Junior Nate Smith was making his first start, and it showed. His nerves were obvious when he bobbled the first snap of the game.
Winfield coach Craig Snyder admitted Smith's performance was "a little ugly," but did think it got better as the game wore on. He threw a couple of nice passes, including a 29-yarder to John Hathaway for his first completion, and a perfectly-placed ball to Jacob Lewis for a 13-yard gain on third-and-12.
"He's just got to learn to trust and he's got to learn to read and learn to be calm," Snyder said of Smith, who was 12 of 23 for 105 yards and two interceptions.. "He's got a ways to go, but he's going to be fine. He's just a junior. This was his first varsity game (on offense)."
Woodrow's defense had a lot to do with it.
Led by Hancock, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior end, who swatted one pass with two-handed authority and deflected another, the Eagles (1-0) were disruptive all night. The Generals could manage just 26 yards rushing on the night.
The win helped Woodrow avenge last year's 49-14 loss to the Generals, the beginning of a disappointing 4-6 season.
"We just gave all our heart and put everything into it," Hancock said. "This was a payback-type game. We wanted to get them back from last year, so we had to pick our defense up."
Woodrow will travel to rival Greenbrier East next Friday, while Winfield goes to Cabell Midland.
WINFIELD 0 0 0 0 -- 0
WOODROW WILSON 7 7 14 0 -- 28
WW-- Osborne 21 run (Osborne kick)
WW--Blanks 15 run (Osborne kick)
WW--Blanks 48 run (Osborne kick)
WW--Osborne 29 run (Osborne kick)
RUSHING -- WIN: Copeland 8-25, Smith 17-5, Hathaway 1-2, Withrow 1-1, Hill 1-(-5), Price 2-(-8), team 1-(-11). WW: Blanks 16-116, Osborne 10-79, Hoover 3-10, Trey Cole 1-6, Blankenship 1-3, Wilson 1-1.
PASSING -- WIN: Smith 12-23-1-105. WW: Osborne 15-26-0-176.
RECEIVING -- WIN: Hathaway 5-65, Lewis 3-23, Price 1-5, Withrow 1-4, Hill 1-2. WW: Cole 4-54, Creed 3-36, Blanks 3-35, Ray Thompson 1-10, Wilson 1-1.