This Week in Athletics - November 2
Gene Patterson

The Woodward Academy volleyball team captured the region championship this season, giving the Lady War Eagles the #1 seed from Region 4-AAAA for the state playoffs.  Woodward faced Hardaway High school in round one with the Lady War Eagles breezing to an easy 3-0 win (25-13, 25-9, 25-17).  In the 2nd round, Woodward faced West Laurens.   Again, the Lady War Eagles had little trouble defeating West Laurens in straight sets 25-16, 25-8, 25-4, sending Woodward to the AAAA State Quarterfinals.  In the AAAA Quarterfinals, Woodward faced a Marist squad ranked in the top 4 in AAAA and suffer a straight set defeat.  With a roster void of a single senior, the Lady War Eagles should once again be a contender in 2019.

The War Eagle football team packed up for another road trip last week as Woodward traveled to Southern Crescent Stadium to take on North Clayton.  Woodward Academy struck first and never relinquished the lead. The War Eagles lead 20-6 at halftime and tacked on 28 more points in the 2nd half to win 48-12 and improve to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in Region 4-AAAA.  Senior Tahj Gary lead the offense rushing for 153 yards on 7 carries and one touchdown.  In addition, QB Mike Wright was 11 of 18 passing for 154 and two touchdowns and junior WR Ambe Caldwell caught four passes, two for touchdowns.  Junior LB Cecil Houston had 10 solo tackles, including 2 tackles for losses, and the defense recorded 6 sacks to help limit the North Clayton offensive attack.  The War Eagles will conclude their regular season schedule hosting Luella at Colquitt Stadium.  The War Eagles have already secured a spot in the AAAA state playoffs with their opponent to be determined at the end of the regular season.

Woodward Academy’s boys and girls cross country teams recently competed in the Region 4-AAAA Championships at Nash Farm Battlefield in Henry County.  The boys team captured the region title for the first time since 2014.  Junior Will Reese lead the boys with a 3rd place overall finish with Drake Oakhill, Hrydesh Patel and Gavin Frey rounding out the top 4.  The girls team finished as the region runner-up behind CeCe Ng’s finish as the girls individual champion.  Brooklyn Carr, Parker Daly and Wallace Putt rounded out the girls top 4 finishers.  In addition, several members of each squad were named to the 4-AAAA All-Region squads.  Will Reese, Drake Oakhill and Hrydesh Patel each were named to the Boys 1st Team All-Region squad while Gavin Frey, Justin Frediani, Jett Matre and Arman Ramji were named 2nd Team All-Region.  Cece Ng, Brooklyn Carr and Parker Daly were named Girls 1st Team All-Region with Wallace Putt, Abbey Miler and Meryl Inman garnering 2nd Team All-Region honors.  Both squads will now advance to the AAAA State Championships meet in Carrollton, GA set for Saturday, November 3rd.

In addition, members of the Woodward Academy Clay Target team recently competed in the National Sporting Clay Association (NSCA) Championship tournament in San Antonio, TX.  Senior Izzy Baldwin turned in an outstanding performance, capturing the championship title in the “E” class tournament.  Woodward’s clay target team is preparing for the GISA Championships which begins December 6th in Savannah, GA.

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

SCORES (10/26/2018 – 11/1/2018):

Varsity Football 48                           North Clayton 12

Varsity Volleyball 0                          Marist 3