With students in Cherokee County out of school this week on Fall Break, Woodstock coach Brent Budde said this week will be a bit different than usual.
“It’s different, having a game on September break,” Budde said. “Sometimes it’s good though, because I feel like we always play well on September break.”
Woodstock (0-4) is coming off a 35-21 road loss at North Paulding last Friday. The Wolverines were once again plagued by inconsistent play and trailed 14-0 at the half before rallying to score 21 second half points. Junior quarterback Walker Ormsby finished with two passing touchdowns while sophomore Robbie Roper tallied a touchdown pass of his own.
Budde said each quarterback performed well, along with running backs Willie Grier and V’ontae Hampton. Budde said he expects wide receivers Wes Bruno and Brooks Bortle to continue to develop but added the offense as a whole needs to become more dynamic.
“We’re kind of missing on some breakout big plays,” Budde said. “We’ll have a few 15 or 20 yard gains, which are good, but we’re still looking for those explosive plays to take it to the end zone.”
Woodstock defeated North Forsyth last year but the Raiders finished the season 3-7. This year, North Forsyth has started 3-1, with a competitive loss to Cherokee followed by three straight wins. Junior quarterback Brady Meitz has played well this season, passing for 590 yards and four touchdowns, while junior running back Jared Lucero is second in Region 5AAAAAAA with 371 rushing yards to go along with two touchdowns.
Budde noted that North Forsyth’s senior wide receiver and Duke University-commit Nicky Dalmolin will also require attention. Dalmolin has 16 receptions for 210 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
Woodstock has never lost to North Forsyth, winning all of the previous five matchups. This will be the final non-region game for the Wolverines before starting Region 4AAAAAAA play against cross-town rival Etowah on October 11.
Budde said he’s learned over the years how to better manage players on weeks where the students are not in class, especially on Fridays. The Woodstock players will meet on Friday morning for breakfast before travelling to Cumming later in the afternoon. Budde said regardless of whether a large student section travels or not, the team will be prepared to play.
“The name on the front of the shirt doesn’t change,” Budde said. “It’s always fun to have people in the stands but we’re gonna go out there and play for the guys beside us and represent our community as best we can.”