Woodstock scored the first points of the game Friday night, but Roswell came roaring back to win 42-16.
The loss eliminated Woodstock (2-7, 1-3 Region 4AAAAAAA) from playoff contention, while Roswell (6-2, 3-1) will have a chance at a region championship next week when it hosts Etowah.
“We were hoping we’d win and that Cherokee could pull the upset over Walton, and we would have a chance to get in the playoffs, but now that’s not possible,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said.
The Wolverines put the first points on the board less than a minute into the game when Walker Ormsby hit Brooks Bortle for a 2-yard touchdown on the game’s opening possession. The Hornets answered with a touchdown of their own and Woodstock responded with a 17-yard field goal by Tyson Giles.
Woodstock led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but it was not long before Roswell took control.
The Hornets scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and led 28-10 at halftime.
“They ran a different form of power than we’d seen on film, and mixed in some jet stuff, too,” Budde said. “Their first touchdown came on a halfback pass. They did mix it up offensively, a little more than we expected.”
Ormsby, who finished with 125 passing yards, connected with Deandre Turner for a 14-yard touchdown in the second half, but that was all Woodstock could manage as Roswell won going away.
Turner finished with eight receptions for 103 yards while Bortle finished with three receptions for 26 yards.
“Both Robbie (Roper) and Walker threw it up to Deandre (Turner), and he was able to go up and make some plays,” Budde said. “Carson Pickens caught about four or five balls, and so did Shaun Spence. I think, offensively, we’re still getting better, but it comes down to those third downs.”
Woodstock will finish its season next week at Walton.
“We’re still playing for each other, and we’re still going to go out there next week and try to win one for our seniors,” Budde said. “The key is you have to be ready when your turn comes up.”