Woodland 42, R.A. Long 14
The “Ground and Pound” strategy was in effect for Woodland all night against R.A. Long.
Cy Whitmire finished with 198 yards on 17 carries, while his brother, Eli, ended with 85 yards on six carries. Zach Falk added 79 yards rushing of his own also.
Cy Whitmire scored on the Beavers’ first drive. On the next drive, Eli would add to that with a score of his own, giving Woodland an early 14-0 lead. After a turnover on downs, Cy Whitmire scored twice in under a minute, putting Woodland ahead 28-0 early in the second quarter.
“They’re some very special kids. They have big hearts and for the size they are, they run with a lot of courage,” said Head Coach Mark Greenleaf.
Woodland would score twice more in the half, one coming off a pass from Adam Shoup to Kyle Hendrix, one of only four passes Woodland attempted all game.
Troy Flanagan recovered a fumble in R.A. Long’s endzone to take a commanding 42-0 halftime lead.
In what seemed like an offensive outburst, Woodland’s defense was nothing short of spectacular as well, especially in the first quarter, as the Lumberjacks of R.A. Long were held to negative yardage and were unable to record a first down.
“I told the players, we need to go ahead and find a way to get rid of the penalties that have hampered out offense and our defense and just have a relentless pursuit of improvement” Greenleaf said.
Although Cy Whitmire dominated throughout the game, he couldn’t take all the credit. “It was great blocking in the front. Our line just dominated. We work hard all week and we rely on these guys.”
Coach Greenleaf and Cy Whitmire aren’t jumping ahead to any matchups down the road past next week when the Beavers take on Washougal.
“We’re taking one game at a time,” Greenleaf said. “Washougal is very great defensively and offensively and it could be the league championship. We’re up for the challenge and we’re not looking past anybody.”
“We’re taking it week by week. We’re just gearing up for each team,” Cy Whitmire added.
With Greenleaf and Cy very much focused on not getting ahead of themselves, freshman Eli Whitmire couldn’t help but extend his view throughout the remainder of the season.
“Our season started off slow, but now we have momentum. Teams need to watch out for us because we’ve got it now.”
Next up: Woodland at Washougal; R.A. Long vs. Hockinson
R.A. Long 0 0 7 7—14
Woodland 14 28 0 0—42
W — Cy Whitmire 9 run (kick failed)
W — Eli Whitmire 30 run (Cy Whitmire run)
W — Cy Whitmire 43 run (Barrett kick)
W — Cy Whitmire 1 run (Barrett kick)
W — Hendrix 11 pass from Shoup (Barrett kick)
W — Flanagan fumble recovery (Barrett kick)
RAL — Solon 20 pass from Peerboom (Vasquez kick)
RAL — Doane 9 pass from Peerboom (Vasquez kick)
Rushing — R.A. Long — Yordy 7-82, Doane 6-41, Peerboom 5- -24; Woodland — Cy Whitmire 17-198, Eli Whitmire 6-85, Falk 9-79, Lacey 2-4, Snyder 3-0, Piper 1- (minus 7).
Passing — R.A. Long — Peerboom 17-32-1-155; Woodland — Shoup 3-4-0-23.
Receiving — R.A. Long — Rosellini 9-64, Solon 5-45, Yordy 1-22, Hinojosa 1-15, Johnson 1-9; Woodland — Hendrix 1-11, Cy Whitmire 1-7, Piper 1-5.