The Wolverines (3-6, 2-4 Region 5AAAAAA) hope to give the departing players the best gift possible — a win — in their final game.
Woodstock coach Brent Budde said many of the seniors have been a part of the program for all four years. During that time, the Wolverines have averaged four wins per season, with the best mark coming at 7-4 in 2010, when this year’s seniors were just freshmen.
Still, Budde says, they never gave up.
“We want to honor them for their hard and work and dedication over the last four years,” he said. “They are always excited about playing every Friday night. They love to get out there and compete and play.”
Budde said it’s a tough feeling knowing that it will be the last game for the seniors. The Wolverines, who haven’t made the playoff since 2010, will be turning in their pads Monday.
“It’s always tough to know that it is going to end (Friday),” Budde said. “But, you know, we had another great week of practice, and the kids were enthusiastic, and I think they are ready to play (tonight). That’s just what our kids do. I wouldn’t expect anything else from our kids. They give it their all and nobody can ask for more.”
Woodstock has a challenge ahead with Milton (7-2, 4-2) and a high-powered offense focused around its running backs.
Still, Budde plans to give the Eagles everything they can.
Linebackers Ethan Wheeler, Will Stumpf, and Jean Boereau, defensive back Chris Mowery and lineman Tyler Baggett — all seniors — are forces to reckon with. Wheeler leads the team with 103 tackles, while Mowery has made a team-best six interceptions.
Alex Motsinger, who has played both defensive back and quarterback this season, will also play his final game for the Wolverines.