The Wolverines will be playing at home.
After winning at Johns Creek in their season-opener, and then falling at Harrison a week ago, Woodstock will finally get the chance to play at home when it hosts Kell on Friday.
Coach Brent Budde said his team is looking forward to playing inside the Wolverine Den.
“Our students are excited and the fans are excited,” he said. “We are definitely excited to be able to run out of the woodshed on Friday.”
The Wolverines (1-1) will certainly have their hands for with Kell, the fifth-ranked team of Class AAAAA. The Longhorns (1-0) beat Chattahoochee 26-16 two weeks ago in the season-opening Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome, then had last week off.
Budde knows his players will be going up a well-coached and well-rested Kell team. One thing that encourages the Woodstock coach is knowing that his team is in the best shape it has been in all season.
While most football teams lose players to injury as the season wears on, Woodstock will be getting a few back that it lost during the preseason. Left tackle Garrett Kiefer should make his first appearance of the season, freeing Nick Cable up to move back to tight end.
“That will give us more depth at tight end, and at the wide out, so we can interchange more guys in there,” Budde said.
While Kell’s secondary might appear to pose the greatest threat to the Wolverines — the group combined to pick off three passes against Chattahoochee — Budde believes the real battle will be in the trenches. Woodstock quarterback Justin Agner and Alex Motsinger were sacked six times against Harrison, something Budde said kept them from being successful.
“We have to do the little things,” he said. “We have to finish blocks, finish runs, finish tackles. They obviously have some talented players at Kell. We need to corral them and keep them in front of us on offense and not give up any big plays.
“Then, offensively, the challenge is really us. We need to not shoot ourselves in the foot with sacks and penalties and negative plays. We just have to continue to execute.”
Budde continued to emphasis his guideline of having fewer than 12 percent of the team’s plays result in negative outcomes. Last week, the Wolverines were at 15 percent on their 83 plays, and they lost.
“That was above the 12 percent we need,” Budde said. “We still moved the ball. We watched the film, and it wasn’t a disaster, but we need to get a little bit better.”
In Kell’s only game of the season, Julian Burris stole the show with three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. The versatile athlete also intercepted a pass on defense and threw a 61-yard pass to Errol Breaux late in the game to seal the victory.
Burris is also backed in the secondary by Taylor Henkle, a Kennesaw State commitment, while quarterback Matthew McGuigan has orchestrated the Longhorns’ offense.