This Week in Athletics - August 24
Gene Patterson

This Week in Athletics – August 24

The 2018-19 school year is just 2 weeks old but War Eagle athletic teams have already been busy.   Woodward Academy captured 13 region or area championships and sent 25 varsity teams to their respective state playoffs in 2017-18 and this year’s group will look to repeat or improve on that performance.

The War Eagle football team, currently ranked #10 in AAAA, opened their season last week at Westminster (#6 in AAA).  Woodward started off strong leading 10-7 over one quarter of play but the Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter to build a 28-10 halftime lead.  While the War Eagles scored three 2nd half touchdowns, Westminster’s lead was too much to overcame and the War Eagles dropped their season opener, 56-31.  Junior QB Mike Wright lead the War Eagles scoring three touchdowns, 2 rushing and 1 passing, contributing 131 yards rushing and 153 yards passing.  Woodward will look to rebound facing non-region foe Grady High School on Friday, August 25th

The Lady War Eagle volleyball team advanced to last year’s AAAA Final Four and finished with a 27-12 overall record.  This year’s young squad features several fresh faces as the team graduated seven seniors last year and is made up entirely of juniors, sophomores and freshman.  This week the Lady War Eagles traveled to Starr’s Mill to face the Lady Panthers as well as Newnan HS and then hosted St. Pius X and Mount Vernon.  Woodward finished 1-3 on the week falling to Starr’s Mill (2-0), Newnan (2-0) and St. Pius X (2-0) while defeating Mt. Vernon (2-0).  The team has a busy weekend planned for August 25th with four matches at the South Forsyth Playdate.

Woodward Academy’s girls softball team has advanced to the 2nd round of the AAAA state playoffs the last two seasons and this year’s young group is looking to continue that streak.  The Lady War Eagles have had a very busy schedule with 13 games already in the books this year.  Although the team sits at 0-13, the early schedule has pitted the Lady War Eagles against some strong competition.  This past week the team hosted McIntosh followed by trips to Trinity Christian and region foe Eastside HS.  The squad fell to McIntosh 10-0, Trinity Christian 16-1 and Eastside 15-0.  The team will look to get a winning streak started Monday, August 27th when they travel to Eagles Landing HS.

The boys and girls cross country squads qualified for last year’s AAAA State Championship meet and this year’s young team is looking to make yet another appearance at the state finals.  Both squads opened their 2018 season competing last weekend at Our Lady of Mercy.  Gavin Frey and Hrydesh Patel both finished in the top 20 to pace the boys to a 7th-place finish in the 16-team field.   Brooklyn Carr finished 16th to lead the girls varsity to 8th place in the girls team race.  Both squads will be in action on Saturday, August 25th in the Saucony Battle of Atlanta at Nash Farms Battlefield.

Woodward Academy’s Clay Target team participated in their first event of the season last Saturday at the Ocmulgee River Gun Club.  Senior Izzy Baldwin turned in an outstanding performance finishing 1st in Skeet and 4th in Sporting Clays out of 130 other competitors.  Izzy's combined score made her the 2nd Place HOA for the entire competition. As a team, Woodward finished 4th overall and were led by Izzy, Abbey Christensen, Thomas Gunnigle, and Turner Kurzweg.

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

SCORES (8/17/2018 – 8/24/2018):

Varsity Football 31                           Westminster 56
JV Football 26                                  Blessed Trinity 14

Varsity Volleyball 0                          Starr’s Mill 2
Varsity Volleyball 0                          Newnan 2
Varsity Volleyball 0                          St. Pius X 2
Varsity Volleyball 2                          Mt. Vernon 0
JV Volleyball 0                                 St. Pius X 2
JV Volleyball 2                                 Mt. Vernon 0

Varsity Softball 0                               McIntosh 10
Varsity Softball 1                               Trinity Christian 16
Varsity Softball 0                               Eastside 15
JV Softball 4                                     Eastside 16