Georgia High School Athletic events started later this year to ensure proper safety protocols were in place for athletes, coaches and staff. With the seasons finally underway, Woodward Athletic teams have started competing for a shot at region and state titles. The War Eagles are now a part of the AAAAA GHSA classification and have been assigned to Region 3-AAAAA. The War Eagles will compete in region competition against Banneker, Creekside, Drew, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Mundy’s Mill and Tri-Cities for the next 2 years.
The War Eagle football team made a serious run at the AAAA State Championship last year falling to the eventual state champions Blessed Trinity in the AAAA Semifinal game. While the War Eagles graduated several key players in 2020, the team once again has their sights on another region title and state playoff run. With the early portion of the schedule disrupted due to Covid-19, Woodward was able to reschedule some top-level competition facing both the #1 A-Private and #1 AAAA ranked teams in Eagles Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) and longtime rival Marist. The season opener at ELCA saw a War Eagle team control both sides of the ball but unable to put points on the board falling 14-0. Following an off week, the War Eagles faced a talented and disciplined Marist squad. Marist got off to a fast start and early lead but the Woodward defense held the visiting War Eagles scoreless in the 2nd half. The offense again struggled to put points on the board and Woodward fell in the end 23-3. The War Eagles will look to get into the win column hosting Riverwood on September 25th before beginning Region 3-AAAAA play on October 2nd vs. Mundy’s Mill.
Woodward Academy’s boys and girls cross country teams have competed in several meets so far this season. Cross country meets have been modified due to Covid-19 concerns this year breaking large meets down into several, smaller races. Both teams best finish so far was at the Bob Blastow Invitational where the boys finished 5th and the girls 2nd in their races. Woodward’s true strength may not show until the region competition in late October. Regardless, Woodward’s deep roster should once again make the War Eagles contenders for a region title and advance them to the State Meet in November.
The varsity girls softball squad is a virtual lock for the state tournament this season with their eye on their first Region Championship in over 15 years. The War Eagles are currently a perfect 10-0 in region play with a 11-6 overall record. This year’s squad has just a pair of seniors so War Eagle fans should expect continued success from the varsity softball squad in the coming years.
Facing a schedule of top ranked teams early on, the varsity volleyball team got off to a slow 1-3 start. The War Eagles have since gone 7-5 and are currently a perfect 4-0 in region play with wins over Jonesboro, Banneker, Drew and Creekside. Eyeing another region title and #1 seed in the AAAAA state tournament, this year’s young squad is looking to gel come state tournament time in October.
Woodward’s clay target team has competed in a trio of events so far and their finishes bode well for another shot at the GISA State Championship in November. The War Eagles finished 1st at a pair of events at the Tom Lowe Trap and Skeet Range in August and September and 4th recently at the Meadows Gun Club event. Several members will also compete at the upcoming NCSA National Championships in San Antonio, TX in late October.