Woodward Academy Fall athletic teams have been in full swing for a month now and each of them figure to be contenders for region titles and state playoff berths.
Determined to improve on their 2018 season, the War Eagle football team put in a lot of work over the summer and their efforts appear to be paying dividends early in 2019. The War Eagles opened the 2019 season hosting rival Westminster. After surrendering 56 points to the Wildcats last season, the defensive pitched a shutout this year with the Wildcats advancing no closer than the War Eagle 20-yard line the entire game. Mike Wright was 11-23 passing for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to Hunter Sellers. Game two was more of the same for the War Eagles as Woodward welcomed Grady HS to Colquitt Stadium. While the defensive continued their strong play, the offense turned it up a notch from the opening game. The War Eagles put up 317 yards of total offense and score 28 points in the first half to dominate the visiting Knights. Mike Wright once again threw for a pair of touchdowns, one to Jacorrei Tuner and one to Damari Alston, while going 13-24 for 236 yards. Linebackers Aaron Washington and Errington Truesdell continue to lead a much-improved defense allowing a lone late 4th quarter score. The War Eagles defeated the Grady Knights 35-7, improving to 2-0 on the season.
Woodward Academy volleyball has a rich history with 10 total State Championship titles and aspiration this year of competing for number eleven. The Lady War Eagles had a busy month of August playing 15 matches. With their always competitive schedule, the Lady War Eagles opened the season against some of the best competition in the state finishing the month of August 6-9 overall. The team opened the season hosting the Elite Eight Play Day, an all-day round robin event featuring teams from the previous seasons state tournament elite eight. The Lady War Eagles defeated Elite Scholars and Northside Columbus while falling to Columbus and Lassister. The team will play the bulk of their Region schedule during the month of September before the Region Tournament begins in early October.
The boys and girls cross country squads have competed in a pair of meets so far this season with the team’s best finish at the Wesleyan Invitational. The boys placed 4th overall while the girls squad finished 6th. For the boys, Justin Frediani was the top finisher with Will Reese and Jack Dempsey just a few seconds behind. On the girls side, Hannah Ackerman was the top finisher coming in 6th overall. Both squads will compete in three events in September starting with the Westminster meet, followed by the Big Peach Mustang Stampede at Allatoona Creek Park and finally the Wingfoot Classic at Sam Smith Park.
The Lady War Eagle softball team has had a busy month of August facing some pretty tough competition. The team struggled out of the gate as a few injuries combined with the tough schedule lead to a 2-9 month of August. The team is lead by seniors Darby Cornelius, Sydney Graves, Sydney Mance and Izzy Wheeler. The Lady War Eagles play eleven games in the month of September and will look to get back to .500 before October hits.
Woodward’s Clay Targets team had a nice start to their season as the War Eagles finished 1st overall at the Tom Lowe Trap and Skeet Range. Robert Hicklin, Colin Caldwell and Colin Elam helped lead the Academy to their winning finish. Robert Hicklin finished first in individual trap competition scoring 96 out of a 100 while Colin Caldwell and Courtney Raymer tied for 1st in the individual skeet competition with 73 out of 75. The team will compete throughout the late summer and early fall before the GISA State Championships beginning November 21st.
The competition cheer squad has been hard at work but will not compete in their first event until Saturday, September 21st at Lambert High School.