This Week in Athletics
After finishing the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record the War Eagle football entered the AAAA state playoffs as the #1 seed from region 5-AAAA. Woodward Academy played host to North Oconee in round one, a familiar opponent as the two teams have faced off in the playoffs for three consecutive seasons now. Elijah Holyfield returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and the War Eagles never looked back. Woodward got two more rushing touchdowns from Holyfield combined with two long touchdown passes from Ryan Glover, one to Jacob Robertson and one to Josh Johnson to defeat the Titans 48-7. Next up Woodward Academy will play host to the Spalding Jaguars (Griffin, GA). The Jaguars are the #3 seeded team from region 4-AAAA and entered the playoffs with a 9-1 record. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM, Friday, November 20th on Graham Hixon Field at Colquitt Stadium.
The boys and girls swimming/diving teams had a busy week facing Blessed Trinity and Lovett on Tuesday and hosting Roswell on Thursday. The boys team finished the week with a 3-0 record defeating all three in head-to-head match ups. The girls team finished 1-2 picking up a win over Roswell. In addition, both teams competed in the Atlanta Kickoff Classic last Saturday. Both boys and girls placed 2nd overall with numerous swimmers turning in personal best times. The following have already qualified for this year's state meet with their performance at the Kickoff Classic: Allen Hulette, George Kimbrough, Emanual Abdul-Salaam, Foster Barnard, Jacob Willis, Alissa Cook, Jaila Gladmon, Nora Singh.
Woodward's varsity basketball teams tipped off their regular season schedule this week hosting Mt. Zion. The girls team trailed by just five points at the halftime break but a strong 2nd half by the Lady Bulldogs resulted in a 67-49 loss for the Lady War Eagles. The boys team got a game high 26 points from senior Jake Nestlehutt to defeat Mt. Zion 64-52. Jake was eight of 13 from the three point line and 2-2 from the free throw line.
The War Eagle wrestling team hosted their first dual meet of the year on Wednesday in Champions Gym. The War Eagles defeated Langston Hughes and Sandy Creek (forfeit) but lost to a very tough Luella squad. The team will host the Prep Duals on Friday and Saturday, November 20th-21st in Champions Gym.
Congratulations goes out to Middle School diver Jackie Brasleton '21. Jackie broke the MS diving record on Wednesday evening with a score of 238.16. The previous record was set in 2012 with a score of 208. In the meet the MS boys defeated GAC 145-125, while the girls team fell 157-116.
Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.
SCORES (11/13/2015 – 11/19/2015):
Varsity Football 48 North Oconee 7
Boys Swim/Dive 209 Blessed Trinity 134
Boys Swim/Dive 209 Lovett 108
Boys Swim/Dive 169 Roswell 141
Girls Swim/Dive 147 Blessed Trinity 157
Girls Swim/Dive 147 Lovett 155
Girls Swim/Dive 183 Roswell 124
Riflery 1122 Lamar County 544
Boys Basketball 64 Mt. Zion 52
Girls Basketball 49 Mt. Zion 67
Langston Hughes 0
Sandy Creek 0