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Woodward Academy celebrated Homecoming 2015 last Friday and Saturday with the weekend activities kicking off at Colquitt Stadium were the War Eagle football team play host to Eagles Landing Christian, #3 in A-Private. The Chargers took an early 10-0 lead on a couple of Woodward Academy offensive miscues scoring on an interception return for a touchdown and a field goal following a fumbled snap. On offense ELCA had little to no luck moving the ball as the War Eagle defense was allowing nothing at the line of scrimmage. Woodward Academy regrouped on offense at halftime and responded in the 2nd half with 20 unanswered points. The War Eagles went on to win 20-10 and improved to 5-0 in the season. Stephen Witmer, Kobe Sandel and Jacob Robertson scored touchdowns for Woodward with two coming off throws from QB Ryan Glover. Max Richardson lead the defense with 8 tackles and 2 sacks while KJ Phillips pitched in with 11 assist. The War Eagles will take this Friday off before returning to action October 9th at Troup County (Calloway Stadium).

The Lady War Eagle volleyball team also played ELCA on Homecoming Friday. Woodward battled the #4 ranked (Class A) Lady Chargers in a back-in-forth match but would fall in the end 3-2. The team would rebound on Thursday when they traveled to Wesleyan to take on the #3 ranked (Class AA) Lady Wolves. Woodward Academy took the 5-set match 3-1 to improve to 21-16 on the season. Woodward Academy will host the annual Border Wars on Saturday, October 3rd with teams from GA, TN and SC competing in the 9-team tournament.

The Woodward Academy Competition Cheer team made an outstanding first impression by capturing 2nd place last Saturday at Lambert High School in their first competition of the year. The Lady War Eagles will be looking to continue on their success when they compete at Peachtree Ridge on Saturday, October 17th.

The cross country team competed twice this week: in the Atlanta Classic and at Westminster. Congratulations to the following runners who set lifetime PR's in the races: Cece Ng, Garnet Brown, Meme Fort, Hannah Granot, Natasha Cooper, Sophie Sidman, Nicole Hofland, Anya Vijay, Ella Bennett, Anna Bedrossian, Kendall Swanson, Erica Brooks, Jack Cenatempo, Jude Slaughter, Harry Putt, Gaby Pascual, Jake Landgraff, Nick Bennett, Rushil Chandra, Max Marinac, Stiles Kellett, Simon Marcus, Alex Rand, Alex Bedrossian, Toby Chen, Marc Guasch, Will Muscarella, and Hunter Brown. Next up for both teams will be the Alexander/Asics Invitational on Saturday, October 10th at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club.

The varsity softball team started the Region 5-AAAA tournament this week. The Lady War Eagles entered the tournament as the #4 seed and took on #1 Carrollton in a best of three series. Woodward lost the series two games to none and will move onto the 3rd/4th place game next week vs. Troup County. The Lady War Eagles have already qualified for the AAAA State Tournament which begins with round one best of three series on October 14th and 15th.

Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.

SCORES (9/25/2015 – 10/1/2015):

Varsity Football 20 ELCA 10
JV Football 26 Lovett 10
9th Football 22 Lovett 6

Varsity Volleyball 2 ELCA 3
Varsity Volleyball 3 Wesleyan 1
JV Volleyball 0 Columbus 2
JV Volleyball 0 Marist 2
JV Volleyball 0 East Coweta 2
JV Volleyball 0 N.Oconee 2
JV Volleyball 0 Chamblee 2
JV Volleyball 0 Blessed Trinity 2
JV Volleyball 0 St. Pius X 2

Varsity Softball 0 Carrollton 12
Varsity Softball 1 Carrollton 9

Jakari Harris '16 was chosen to hit the first shot at the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course. Jakari participated in the PGA Tour Championship as a member of The First Tee, an international organization seeking positive youth development through the game of golf.

The First Tee works to shape the lives of youth in 50 US states by reinforcing values of respect, perseverance, honesty, and integrity through golf. The program seeks to foster in youth a desire to excel in school, set and achieve goals, and pursue community service.

Jakari was selected for the PGA honor due to her contributions to the community on and off the course. She is a current member of the Honor Roll at the Academy and a participant in the National Society of High School Scholars. For her outstanding performance in golf, Jakari was one of eight athletes selected for the Georgia High School Golf Coaches Association AAA All-State Golf Team, receiving the All-State Girls Golf Award.

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The Woodward Academy volleyball team traveled to the Berkeley Prep school in Tampa, FL last weekend for the annual Berkeley Premier Tournament. The Lady War Eagles completed the 2-day tournament with a 2-3 record defeating Fort Myers and Robinson. Woodward Academy also played host to a pair of state of Georgia ranked teams on Thursday. Woodward defeated Blessed Trinity, #1 in AAA, 2-0 but fell to North Oconee (#5 in AAAA) 2-0 to finish the night 1-1. The team will play host to ELCA prior to the homecoming football game on Friday evening. Woodward will host their own invitational on Saturday, October 3rd featuring teams from GA, TN, AL and FL in the annual Woodward Academy Border Wars.

The War Eagle football team improved to 4-0 on the season with a big 58-0 win over visiting Clarkston High School. Woodward Academy put up 28 points in the opening quarter of play as the War Eagles ran away with the win. Woodward Academy played a lot of different players but the offense was led by QB Ryan Glover who went 10-12 for 128 passing and 2 TDs. Six different running backs recorded carriers and six different receivers caught passes as Woodward Academy put up over 400 yards of total offense. Linebacker Xavion Fleetwood led the defense with 4 tackles and 3 assists while LB Terry Myrick recorded two sacks on the evening. Woodward will play host to ELCA on September 25 for Homecoming 2015 as the War Eagles look to improve to 5-0 on the year.

The Lady War Eagle softball team played a pair of games this past week finishing 1-1. On Monday Woodward Academy traveled to Whitewater to take on a top 10 ranked Wildcat squad. Woodward lost 9-1 but rebounded on Thursday when they traveled to Sandy Creek HS. The Lady War Eagles defeated the Lady Patriots 13-5. Madison McGarrah went 3-4 with a pair of RBI and Maggie Sutton drove in 3 more to lead the offense. Starting pitcher Quillin Perlis pitched four innings of 1-hit ball to pick up the win. Woodward Academy will travel to Carrollton on Monday, September 28th in a make-up region game to determine seeding for the region playoffs. A win for Woodward Academy will put them in the #3 seed spot for the region playoffs while a loss makes Woodward the #4 seed.

Woodward Academy's cross country teams competed at Milton High School last Saturday in the Fulton County Championships. The boys team finished 10th with Brennan Silliman finishing 7th overall while the girls squad placed 11th. Brennen also earned 1st Team All-County honors with his performance. Both squads will compete in the Atlanta Classic at the Clinton Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 26th.

In other news...Woodward Academy senior Jakari Harris, a member for the Lady War Eagle golf team, was chosen as a member of First Tee to hit the first shot at this year's PGA Tour Championship at East Lake. Jakari was chosen for her outstanding character and leadership both on and off the golf course.

Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.

SCORES (9/18/2015 – 9/24/2015):

Varsity Volleyball 2 Fort Myers, FL 0
Varsity Volleyball 0 Berkeley Prep, FL 2
Varsity Volleyball 2 Robinson, FL 0
Varsity Volleyball 1 Academy of Holy, FL 2
Varsity Volleyball 0 Venice, FL 2
Varsity Volleyball 2 Blessed Trinity 0
Varsity Volleyball 0 N.Oconee 2

Varsity Football 58 Clarkston 0
JV Football 28 Blessed Trinity 21
9th Football 24 Blessed Trinity 42

Varsity Softball 1 Whitewater 9
Varsity Softball 13 Sandy Creek 5

This Week in Athletics

The Woodward Academy football team traveled to St. Pius X last Friday to take on the Golden Rivals in a rematch of last year's AAAA State Semi-Final game. St. Pius jumped out to a 10-0 lead early but the War Eagles battled back and held a 14-13 lead going into halftime. The 2nd half continued to be close with the score tied at the end of regulation 22-22. The first overtime saw each team score but in the 2nd overtime Woodward Academy scored and then intercepted a St. Pius X pass in the endzone to seal the win. QB Ryan Glover was 12 of 23 for 130 and a touchdown while Elijah Holyfield carried 18 times for 183 yards and 4 TDs. KJ Phillips lead the defensive effort with 8 tackles, 5 assist, 3 quarterback pressures and 2 sacks. Woodward is now 2-0 overall and will host Lovett in the team's home opener on Friday, September 11.

Varsity volleyball played three matches this week against area opponents. On Tuesday Woodward Academy played host to Sandy Creek, Whitewater, and Fayette Co. The War Eagles defeated both Whitewater and Fayette Co 2-0 but fell to Sandy Creek. Sophomore Lauren Harrison currently leads the team in hitting percentage and is #2 in the state in class AAAA. The squad will play in the annual Lovett Block Party on September 11th and 12th.

The girls softball team had two games on the schedule this week, both against region 5-AAAA opponents. Wednesday evening the War Eagles played host to Sandy Creek in a make-up game from a previous rain out. Woodward Academy used a 7-run 5th inning to beat the Patriots 12-4. On Thursday Carrollton HS came to visit Woodward Academy. With the Trojans leading 3-2 in the top of the 4th, the game was halted due to lightning and was eventually postponed. The team travels to Oconee County this weekend for the annual Oconee Invitational.

Both the boys and girls cross country teams had the week off for the Labor Day holiday but will return to action on Saturday, September 12th when they travel to Marist for the Coach Roy Benson Double Dip.

In alumni athlete news...Woodward Academy currently has three alumni playing professionally in the NFL and MLB. Delino Deshields '10 is a member of the Texas Rangers and has been the starting centerfield for them since early May. Juwan Thompson '10 and Henry Anderson '10 will be suiting up in NFL uniforms on Sundays this season. Juwan is in his 2nd year as a running back with the Denver Broncos while Henry is a rookie defensive lineman with the Indianapolis Colts.

Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.

SCORES (8/28/2015 – 9/3/2015):

Varsity Football 36 St. Pius 29
JV Football 22 St. Pius 14 (rain shortened)
9th Football 6 St. Pius 7 (rain shortened)

Varsity Volleyball 1 St. Pius 3
Varsity Volleyball 2 Fayette Co. 0
Varsity Volleyball 2 Whitewater 0
Varsity Volleyball 0 Sandy Creek 2

Varsity Softball 12 Sandy Creek 4

Woodward Academy running back Elijah Holyfield '16 announced Friday that he will attend the University of Georgia (UGA) to play football for the Bulldogs. Elijah considered offers from more than 30 schools across the country, narrowing his selection to an additional four universities – Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee – before choosing UGA.

The nationally-ranked RB rushed for over 1,700 yards and scored more than two dozen touchdowns for the War Eagles last season. Tonight the team will take on rival St. Pius Catholic High School.

"I want to thank my teammates," Elijah said. "You guys put up with me every day. . .We have unfinished business we are going to handle tonight."

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