STOCKBRIDGE — Woodland and Alcovy met Thursday night to cap off the two-week spring practice session. Both teams started slow in unfavorable conditions, but the Wolfpack pulled away in the second half for a 20-6 win in the scrimmage.
Both squads entered the matchup with questions surrounding the upcoming season. The Wolfpack are hoping to return to the postseason after missing out last year, while Alcovy is hoping to build off last year’s 3-7 campaign.
Stormy weather threw a wrench in both team’s plans early on, as torrential rain saw both sides struggle with ball control. The two teams combined for four fumbles in the first quarter alone.
Woodland had a chance to score at the beginning of the second quarter, but Seedy Bojang missed a field-goal attempt when the holder slipped on the wet turf with the ball.
Shortly after, Devin Delaine intercepted a bobbled pass to give the Wolfpack the ball in favorable field position. Bojang cashed in this time with a short field to put Woodland up 3-0.
Alcovy mounted a drive in the closing minutes of the half, culminating in a 20-yard field goal from Jose Ramos, sending the game to the half tied at 3-all.
Alcovy took the lead early in the third quarter on another Ramos field goal. However, it was short-lived, as Woodland found the end zone three minutes later on an 11-yard touchdown run by Darrell Pierce. The run was setup by Kyan James’ 40-yard interception return.
Early in the fourth quarter, Pierce rumbled down the field to get a drive going. Khalil Hassan, who came in at quarterback, then found Elijah Parrish for a 12-yard reception. Yet, a poor snap over the head of Hassan moved the Wolfpack back to the 15-yard line. The Wolfpack settled for a 32-yard field goal from Bojang for a 13-6 lead with 8:21 remaining.
Alcovy fumbled the ball on their next drive — the ninth combined fumble in the game. Shariif Brown, who started at quarterback, hit Jalen Mason on 30-yard completion on fourth down to put Woodland up 20-6. The game was shortly called off due to lightning late in the quarter.
It was the end of a successful spring period for the Wolfpack, who are entering Bryan Love’s second season as head coach. Woodland went 3-7 last season.
“The big thing is getting a lot of the young guys experience, that’s what tonight consisted of,” Woodland assistant coach Terrone Owens said. “A lot of those guys hadn’t played a whole lot, so the biggest thing was getting them experience and continuing to work at building the program up.”
Alcovy played well in spots last season, with half of their losses came by 10 points or less. The Tigers played their reserves for most of the second half, and they held up well.
“We were focusing on being physical and our defense was lights out,” Alcovy head coach Christopher Edgar said. “When our ones played their ones, they couldn’t do anything. At halftime after the first series I pulled all my young kids out, he did not. That’s OK, that’s fine.
“Our ones played their butts off,” he continued. “When it was ones versus ones it was 6-3, a physical game. In the first quarter, both teams were affected by the weather because it was raining hard. We couldn’t get a dry snap, we couldn’t get a ball and it was kinda sloppy, which is expected for a scrimmage.”