The final playoff spot in Region 5AAAAAAA will be on the line Friday when Woodstock travels to Roswell.
A win for Woodstock would vault the Wolverines over Roswell for the No. 4 seed. Both teams are coming off losses and should be motivated by this late-season play-in game.
“Win and you’re in,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “We were kind of given a gift where it’s put back in our hands. In this region, it’s tough every week. We’re excited to be in a position to be playing a 10th game that’s meaningful, and it’s kind of like our own playoff game.”
Woodstock fell 52-21 last week at home to Milton. It was the most points surrendered by the Wolverines this season, but they showed plenty of flashes offensively.
Quarterback Dan Comeau finished 29-for-49 passing for 306 yards with three touchdowns. Wide receiver Hudson Burns finished with a game-high 10 receptions for 150 yards and a score, while David Daniel finished with five receptions for 85 yards and a score.
The 306 yards for Comeau marked a season-high for a single game, and the first-year starter is now second in Cherokee County with 1,325 passing yards and 11 touchdown passes.
“He has just improved exponentially,” Budde said. “It just comes with knowing what to do with the ball. We watch the film together every week and we talk about defenses and coverages. He’s really done a good job of understanding those kinds of things, and we take that confidence from the Milton game.”
Roswell is coming off back-to-back losses to Milton and Alpharetta. The Hornets fell 35-21 to Alpharetta last week, and after spending time ranked in the top 10 earlier this season, now face a must-win game to advance to the state playoffs.
Roswell has been balanced offensively this season, averaging 222 yards passing and 182 yards rushing per game.
Quarterback Robbie Roper — a Woodstock transfer — finished 22-for-31 for 290 yards against Alpharetta and has completed 64% of his passes for 1,747 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. The receiving corps of Marquis Willis, Shaun Spence and Michael Fitzgerald has been one of the best in the region, with 1,435 yards and 14 touchdowns between them.
Woodstock’s defense struggled against Milton’s rushing attack, and Roswell has a formidable run game of its own. Ryan Stevens and Ryan Hill have combined for 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, with Roper adding another 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, linebacker Case Barrett leads Roswell in tackles (73), averaging more than 10 a game, while safety Dillon Hollifield is third on the team in tackles (59). Cornerback Ethan Nation leads the team with seven interceptions.