Emotions take turn for worse for Wolverines
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
November 03, 2012 02:45 AM | 1990 views | 6 6 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock at Wheeler

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MARIETTA — After last week’s emotional win over Towne Lake archrival Etowah, Woodstock coach Brent Budde knew things would go either one of two ways Friday.

Either the Wolverines would continue to step up their game, or they would suffer a letdown.

“You never stay the same,” Budde said earlier in the week.

Unfortunately for Woodstock, the result was a huge letdown Friday, falling to Wheeler 31-9 in a Region 5AAAAAA game at Corky Kell Stadium.

“It’s hard for young men like this to handle such and emotional roller coaster,” Budde said. “We came out and didn’t play our best.”

Woodstock (3-6, 3-3) scored on its first drive of the night, on a 35-yard field goal by Miguel Gomez, but it went down hill from there.

Wheeler (5-4, 2-4) scored on three of its next offensive possessions, and once on defense, to make the score 28-3 by the end of the first half.

Kyonte Maxwell was the first to reach the end zone for the Wildcats. The senior, who had just two carries, scored from 6 yards out, and the point-after by J.D. Barron made it 7-3.

On the next Wheeler possession, a 33-yard touchdown by called back because of a holding penalty, but that didn’t stop the Wildcats. Completions to Jacobi Green, Billy Polakowski and Devontae Jackson set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Green, which put Wheeler up 14-3.

Woodstock fumbled on its next possession, with Wheeler recovering the ball on the 13. On the first play of the short drive, Elijah Staley completed a 13-yard pass to Jackson for a touchdown.

Staley, who connected with five different receivers, finished the game 12-for-22 for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also had one carry for 23 yards.

Wheeler’s defense, which smothered the Woodstock offense throughout the game, got involved in the scoring when Jevan Sampler intercepted an Alex Motsinger passes and returned it 15 yards for the third Wildcat score in 3 minutes.

The Wildcats added a 32-yard field goal by Barron in the third quarter.

“We caught a couple breaks early in the game,” said Wheeler coach Mike Collins, a former Woodstock assistant. “Our defense held them out early — our entire defense, all 11 guys, swarming to the ball. Then our offense got us rolling.”

Woodstock would score with 5:33 left in the game on a 3-yard run by Sharrone Gates. The point-after attempted failed, however, making the final score 31-9.

Donavon Brand, who had six of his seven carries in the second half, led Woodstock with 48 yards. Motsinger was 5-for-12 for 142 yards and two interceptions.

The loss ended the Wolverines’ three-game winnings streak. Now, in order for them to make the state playoffs, they must beat Milton in next week’s regular-season finale.

Budde told his players that, for them, the playoffs begin next week.

“If we win, we may be in the playoffs,” he said. “If we don’t, the season is over. That is a playoff game. That is what it’s like for the teams that will be playing the week after that.”
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wheeler parent
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November 14, 2012
You all sound just like we do. we are having the same problem with Coaching. BAD PLAY CALLING.... We should have beat Etowah by 4 TD's.. we had them down 13 -3 & let them back in the game. We beat Pope 33-0. Pope beat Etowah also.. anyway that was a great game for us. We just played thru our bad Coaching. Good luck next year.. I love you alls program
Woodstock Fan
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November 04, 2012
What a tough loss for the team on Friday night. The game was full of bad play calling for both the offense and defense. And the players should be competing against the opposing team, not our own coaches. Only Woodstock has coaches bickering on the sidelines in front of the players and the fans, not to mention the unsportsmanlike call on our defensive coordinator. There is no excuse for that kind of behavior.
football parent
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November 04, 2012
Maybe we didn't play our best,but just once I would like to hear the truth.We were out coached.No excuses.Wheeler had the same athletes when they played Etowah. Etowah won.Our defense has become unrecognizable. Even before the injuries it was on the way down because our coach tried to fix what wasn't broken. Our offense always plays to the strength of athletic teams.We try to out run a much faster team.Anyone with 2 or more brain cells knows that wont work.You have to run over them or throw the ball.Where is our short to mid range passing?Hard to pass block with splits 3 or 4 feet wide. Our offensive coach is the worst I have ever seen.Hands down. Get some one that knows football,not a system.Quit blaming kids that give 100% and take responsibilty for not putting them in a position to be successful.They can only run plays the coaches call and play where they are told to play.Even NFL coaches admit when they are out coached. Oh,and quit running sideways.Well coached teams find a way to win when they aren't at their best.
disgusted fan
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November 04, 2012
Out coached on both sides of the ball for all 4 quarters.Again.Our defense was great until a couple games ago when our coach started changing it and finally ruined it. Two down linemen? Of course they ran right up the middle cause that is what GOOD coaches do.They adjust.Not us.We run the same plays no matter what.We never throw quick slants or run draw plays or any of the stuff that real teams do.Nooooo.We run veer plays.Big splits,slowest developing plays,same snap count and always predictable.And we cant figure out why we are outnumbered in our own backfield the instant the ball is snapped.We break every rule of sound football and then say the boys didnt play well.Coaches fighting on the sidelines, and getting PF penalties. What a joke. Time to clean house.If it comes down to coaching,we're beat.
Woodstock Fan1
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November 03, 2012
Once again Woodstock was out coached on the offensive side of the game. This veer/option stuff will not work against teams that are athletic, heck it hasn't worked in 2-3 seasons for Woodstock against anybody. They have a QB with a great arm and they don't know how to use him or protect him. When Woodstock changed up the snap count it worked to slow down the defensive rush, but it was too late it was after being down 4 touchdowns.

I cannot be the only person who see's that this does not work. These coachs have waisted 2 season being pig headed and I have to lay this on the head coach as it all stops at the top!
football fan
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November 05, 2012
Woodstock Fan 1 is right,but we didnt actually change the snap count. That is a cutsey play we run where we dont actually snap the ball,we just try to draw them offsides.If I am the other team I will give us 5 or 6 off sides if I can be in our back field the rest of the game creating turnovers and killing your QB. This was a problem last year and not only did we not start changing the snap count we implemented a new offensive system that makes it hard to change the count because of the timing. Is that brilliant or what? All the players know it is a problem but the coaches dont get it. You learn as a kid in Pop Warner that the offense has 2 advantages,they know the play and the snap count.If you give up one of those you wont have any success. Well we give up both of those advantages. We run the ball when they expect run and pass on 3rd and long and in the 4th quarter when we are behind. We have no BALANCE. So of course we fail. I cant decide if it is just ignorance, stupidity or arrogance. If I didnt know better I would think our offensive coordinator loses on purpose. I think he certainly would rather lose than change anything. Our players deserve better.
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