PURCELLVILLE, Va.– Jefferson had the night’s longest play, an 81-yard pass/mostly run touchdown hookup between Andrew King and Geoffrey Walker, but host Woodgrove had everything else.
Everything. As in a 52-7 win over the Cougars in the opening football game for both schools held at the spacious facilities on the sprawling campus at Woodgrove High.
The third-year school had assumed a 31-point lead by halftime as the Wolverines totaled 14 first downs and 249 rushing yards in marching overland to a 38-7 lead.
Time after time, third-year quarterback Tucker Coil ran wide behind the body-clearing blocking of his offensive line. Coil met no would-be tacklers until he was already upfield and gaining yardage.
Just to mix in another runner, the Wolverines of first-year coach Andy Skinner had Josh Sweet run inside for as many yards as Coil and his blockers had produced on the outside.
And the Woodgrove defense owned the line of scrimmage as well . . . dominating the Jefferson offensive line and limiting the Cougars to just nine yards rushing in the first half.
The game had been decided after only one half of play.
Woodgrove would score on all of its first half possessions, save the one play it had just before intermission after forcing Jeffeson’s fifth punt of the opening two quarters.
Sweet had scored twice and Coil once. There had been a 24-yard pass from the back-up quarterback for points and also a 32-yard interception return for another score by William Hoffer. The potent kicking leg of Robert Warfel, who boomed his kickoffs out of the end zone all night long, had been true on a 35-yard field goal.
The Cougars got points when King found Walker working alone against a gambling Woodgrove cornerback, who missed on his interception attempt, leaving the Jefferson wide receiver to go untouched 70 yards. Jefferson trailed only 17-7 at that point.
But then the Wolverines scored another 21 points before halftime.
In all, Jefferson had only four first downs. And the Cougars had 26 rushing yards.
The longest scoring play had not kept it from being a very long night for the team that is back on the road on Friday, playing in Frostburg against Mountain Ridge.