Woodward-Granger’s football team celebrated a huge victory for the program when they took down the seventh-ranked Pleasantville Trojans (6-2,4-2) in a double overtime contest.
On the road at Pleasantville on Oct. 13, the Hawks (6-2,5-1) saved their best performance in the final minutes of regulation, which led to two overtimes and the eventual 27-24 win.
For the majority of the game the host held the Hawks to just a mere six points while sporting a one point lead.
That all would change in the waning minutes of the final quarter when both teams’ offenses breathed life into the game.
The Trojans’ Hunter Tyree scampered 45 yards, for what the host thought would be the final dagger, for the touchdown and the eventual 14-6 lead.
After the kickoff W-G’s senior quarterback Brendan Bird connected on a 48-yard TD strike to sophomore Bryce Achenbach.
The successful two point conversion knotted the game at 14 and sent the game to overtime.
The two teams traded points in the first overtime with the Hawks’ senior Payton Tague, who led the team in rushing with 129 yards on 31 attempts, hitting paydirt first. Pleasantville went on to tie the game with a touchdown and a PAT.
In the second overtime the Trojans struck first with a 26-yard field goal after the Hawks’ defense held them on three straight downs.
On their first possession in the second overtime Tague closed the door on the host when he broke through the left side to find the endzone.
The Hawks’ defense was a big reason for the win. They held the second highest scoring team in Class 1A District 5 to just two scores in regulation and a field goal conversion in double overtime.
Cole Carmen, Hawks senior, led the squad with 9.5 total tackles including seven solo, and five tackle assists.
Carmen was also responsible for one of two interceptions which ended up being a 39-yard return for a TD. As a team the defense 56 total tackles - 33 solo, and 46 tackle assists.
Offensively through the air Bird finished 5-of-14 for 150 yards one TD and two interceptions. He also ran six times for 39 yards. Senior Austin Scharlau ran seven times for 32 yards.
Bird distributed his throws to three receivers with Achenbach leading the squad with three catches for 131 yards, followed by senior J.P. Nixon’s two catches for 29, and senior Logan Canova with one catch for 12 yards.
Up next the Hawks close out the regular season at home against the undefeated Pella Christian (8-0, 6-0).