This Week in Athletics
The Woodward Academy volleyball team, currently ranked #4 in AAAA, played a pair of matches this week against some of top programs in the state. On Tuesday the team traveled to Marist to take on the current #1 ranked team in AAAA. Woodward Academy controlled the match from start to finished and defeated Marist in the best of five match 3-0. On Thursday Woodward played the 2015 AAAA defending state champion Buford. This year Buford is playing in the higher AAAAA class and is currently ranked #1 in their classification. Woodward split the first two games in the best of five match but Buford took games three and four to win 3-1. The squad will be back in action next weekend at the annual Lovett Block Party.
The varsity softball team had another busy week this week. The team opened the week at Blessed Trinity. Woodward struggled at the plate getting just a pair of hits and fell to the Lady Titans 8-0. On Tuesday the team returned to action facing region foe Luella. The Lady War Eagles scored 6 runs in the first and 10 runs in the 2nd to run away with a 17-2 win. Thursday Woodward Academy traveled to Salem HS for their 2nd region game of the week. Anna Freeman pitched a completed game allowing just 3 hits and striking out 7 as the Lady War Eagles shutout the Lady Seminoles 9-0. Woodward Academy now sits at 5-1 in region 4-AAAA, just a ½ game behind region leader Eastside.
Woodward Academy's football team suffered their first loss of the season last Friday in a game called midway through the fourth quarter due to the GHSA curfew rule. The War Eagles had the late game at Grady Stadium against the Grady Gray Knights. The game before ran late and Woodward's game was delayed for an hour at halftime due to lightning in the area. Woodward was trailing 14-10 and driving in Grady territory when the game was called with 6 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. QB Ryan Glover threw a TD pass to WR Sultaan Shabazz and Martin Rodriguez kicked a 22-yard FG for the War Eagles scoring. Woodward Academy has an off week on September 2nd and will return to Colquitt Stadium on September 9th to host Riverwood.
The boys and girls cross country teams continued their 2016 season with over 3000 other runners at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta last weekend. The varsity boys, led by Brennan Silliman, finished 12th of 44 teams while the girls, led by Brooklyn Carr, placed 9th of 36 teams. Both teams are off for the Labor Day weekend and will return to action Saturday, September 10 at the Coach Benson Double Dip Invitational at Marist.
In other news....Woodward alums Henry Anderson '10 (DE, Indianapolis Colts) and Juwan Thompson '10 (FB, Denver Bronco's) have already established themselves in the NFL and now another War Eagle alum is a strong candidate to make an NFL roster. Safety Andrew Adams '11 is a member of the New York Giants and with just one exhibition game remaining, looks to be a strong candidate to make the Giants 53-man roster.
Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.
SCORES (8/26/2015 – 9/1/2015):
Varsity Football 10 Grady 14
Varsity Volleyball 2 West Forsyth 0
Varsity Volleyball 1 Lassister 2
Varsity Volleyball 2 Harris County 0
Varsity Volleyball 1 South Forsyth 2
Varsity Volleyball 3 Marist 0
Varsity Volleyball 1 Buford 3
Varsity Softball 0 Blessed Trinity 8
Varsity Softball 17 Luella 2
Varsity Softball 9 Salem 0