Wolverines’ quick start not enough
by William Bretherton
wbretherton@cherokeetribune.com
September 23, 2012 01:05 AM | 2523 views | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock at Walton

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MARIETTA — It was clear that Woodstock was improved after having two weeks off to prepare for Friday’s game with Walton.

The Wolverines, however, came up with the same result in a 24-7 loss at Raider Valley to begin Region 5AAAAAA play.

Woodstock (0-4, 0-1) remained winless and lost a fourth-straight game for the first time since 2002, when it finished the season 0-10. However, coach Brent Budde saw more parallels between this season and the one the Wolverines experienced in 2008.

“Sometimes, you have to go through some failures before you get to the end,” he said. “Hopefully, this will lead to wins at the end of the year. In ’08, we

didn’t start off great, but we won the last four games of the year and finished 6-4, and went to the playoffs and then went to the elite eight.

“It’s right there in front of us. We just have to go get it. We will have to work and go get it.”

Much of the reason why the Wolverines appeared better this week was due to their effort on defense. After allowing 28, 21 and 27 points over its first three games, Woodstock allowed Walton 24. But seven of those points came almost directly off a turnover, and the Wolverines played what is most likely the best offense they had faced this season.

Woodstock’s defense also forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter that set up its offense inside Walton’s 26-yard line. But the Wolverines were unable to convert that opportunity into points, with Eric Cervantez missing a 48-yard field goal.

“I’m proud of our kids and the effort,” Budde said. “I think that our defense is starting to come around and starting to get after it a little bit more. I thought we played pretty well against a pretty good offensive team that Walton had.”

Although Walton’s star running back, Tyren Jones, played with a cast on his left hand — due to what he said was a “dislocated wrist with a fracture in it” — the Wolverines’ defense held the Alabama commitment to his lowest rushing total of the season — 132 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown.

“I think the Jones kid wasn’t 100 percent,” Budde said. “But, even at not 100 percent, he’s as good or better than most in our region. And I thought that our kids did a good job of getting in there and filling the gaps. I think that was the key. They each kept their gap and played responsible football.”

Offensively, the Wolverines continued to struggle. Although they scored the game’s first points, they weren’t able to sustain long drives.

Woodstock running back Jean Boureau picked up a 65-yard run on the Wolverines’ second possession of the game, which led to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Justin Agner to Addison Bass two plays later.

However, Boureau finished the game with only seven carries for 79 yards. As a team, Woodstock finished with 59 yards of offense for the night and converted just four first downs.

“I think you’re going up against a good defense, and you’ve got to give Walton their credit there,” Budde said. “I guess that was my message as well. We’ve got to put them on a shorter field, so that the offense doesn’t have to drive 80 yards down the field. That’s hard for any offense, unless you are going to have long plays and have playmakers that can take the ball to the house on one snap.

“We’re going to have to find ways to drive the ball the length of the field. Obviously, we have to find something to hang our hat on offensively.”
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ticked off parent
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September 26, 2012
I agree with what you are saying casual observer, but at least your player actually plays. I have a senior who has been dedicated to this football program for 4 years and I mean DEDICATED. You can count the practices, film, camps (that he has been invited to), work days, conditioning, early morning weight training, early morning summer workouts, etc. he has missed on one hand. Yet he never has been good enough for that high caliber offense that Clayton runs. Instead he is humiliated, shoved aside, and used as Clayton's practice dummy. But you know what, he has more heart, more dedication, and more determination than 90% of the team (including the coaches)so who are the real losers here....

As a mother, it will tear your heart out to watch your child come in every night from practice bone tired, bruised and beat up, depressed, and generally down and out, but you want to know what he says when I beg him to just "hang it up"...."NO, just leave it alone Mom. I'm going to finish this!"

I am so very proud of my son in every way. If Woodstock Football can't see what they have in some of their so called "2nd string" players, it's their loss! Karma is hell!
shreckinball72
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September 27, 2012
whose your son?
casual observer
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September 23, 2012
Woodstock has that player(to create plays and score) but they keep him out so he doesn't get hurt but then puts him in during the end of the game to take the beating. Lets see here, keep him out to keep him safe but put him in at the end to face the full on blitz when the other team can't lose the game, doesn't sound right.

Woodstock has to take Clayton's ego out of their program and use the kids they have who can get it done. They do this on defense but hamstring their offense because Clayton can't see the foresst through the tree's.

On a brighter note, the defense is coming together and our defensive line beat one of the best O-lines in the state(with 2 D1 committed players) and our Linebackers really stepped up! Unfortunately the secondary continue's to struggle with the cover two scheme, they should just go to man coverage and let their guys play.
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