CUMMING – Woodstock beat North Forsyth 14-13 on Friday, giving the Wolverines their first win of the season.
Woodstock's offense saw limited time on the field thanks to long drives by North Forsyth (3-2), but the Wolverines (1-4) were still able to rack up yards on the ground and through the air.
Running backs V’ontae Hampton and Willie Grier combined for 142 yards on the ground with one touchdown.
Grier started the game off with a 57-yard run that set the Wolverines up in the red zone, and Hampton took the ball into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead.
The Raiders defense was able to adjust, however, and shut down the Wolverines' run game the rest of the half.
After a quiet first half throwing the ball, Woodstock's passing game was able to get going in the second half, with quarterback Walker Ormsby finishing with 119 yards and a touchdown through the air. Ormsby connected with receiver Wes Bruno on a 47-yard touchdown in the third quarter that helped to grab the momentum coming out of halftime.
On defense, the Wolverines bent, but did not break.
They held their ground in the red zone in the third quarter, forcing North Forsyth to attempt a field goal. The Raiders attempt failed and they left the field with no points after an 18-play, 72-yard drive.
“The red-zone stop was big to hold them to no points after the long drive they had,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “That stop and the missed field goal and extra point were the turning points of the game.”
North Forsyth marched down the field, capping off an impressive drive with a touchdown to cut the lead to one with 5 minutes left in the game.
The struggles on special teams continued for the Raiders, though, when the extra point attempt bounced off the crossbar, eventually leading the Wolverines to a hard-fought victory.
“It was gritty and ugly and our defense had to find ways to get off the field,” Budde said. “Our offense executed a lot of the night as well when given the chance, so, overall, it was just a great win.”
Budde believed that earning the victory going into a bye week could prove to be a season-changing couple of weeks for the team.
Following the bye, Woodstock will begin its Region 4AAAAAAA schedule by making the short trip to face archrival Etowah.
“I’m super happy for our kids and super proud in the effort that was shown tonight,” Budde said. “Our kids always bring the heart and effort, and it finally paid off tonight for us. We can now head into the bye week with some momentum that can build into something special here going into the second half of the season.”