The Woodland Hawks suffered a difficult home opening loss at the hands of the Wolcott Eagles.
Wolcott came up to the hills of Beacon Falls and ran all over the Woodland defense with a group of four running backs in DeVante Bonvillian, Nick Pastore, Gregg Jackson, and Mike Flammia. Also, it helped Wolcott in having a mobile quarterback in Dominic Gambino.
Woodland’s defense had no problem in defending the pass and runs up the middle. However, Woodland faltered when Wolcott would run outside of the tackles. The Eagles had four runs of 20 yards or more- all during runs outside of the tackles.
The game started with Woodland receiving the ball on a touchback. It was a promising drive with a nice ten yard rush by Jack Debiase and a 12 yard completion from Steve Petracca to Colin Grommisch. However, after 5 plays the Hawks were forced to punt- a recurring theme throughout the night.
Wolcott would then start their first drive with great field position from their own 49 yard line. They would then go on a seven-play drive being capped off by a 2 yard touchdown by Gregg Jackson and with a successful PAT by Tom Bochicchio, Wolcott would go up by the score of 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff Wolcott would recover a fumble by Woodland returner Chris Savvidou.
The Wolcott offense would come out at their own 25 yard-line and go three-and-out.
Woodland would get the ball back and then lose it once again on a sack-fumble on Petracca.
Wolcott would get the ball at their own 12 yard-line and quarterback Dom Gambino would score on an 88 yard scamper to go up by 14-0 with just over 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
Woodland would once again struggle on offense and go three and out.
Wolcott would get the ball back and turn the ball over on downs. This would be Wolcott’s last unsuccessful drive all night.
Woodland would take over at their own 29 yard-line for their fifth possession of the night. On the third play of the drive running back Christopher D’Occhio would score on a great 72-yard run. Brandon Fowler would then convert the PAT and Woodland would make the score 14-7 in favor of Wolcott. This was however, the only scoring drive of the game for Woodland’s offense.
The next Wolcott drive would be the turning point of the game as they would take over from their own one yard line. The speedy offense of Wolcott would then take the ball downfield on for a sixteen play, 99 yard, touchdown scoring drive. The ball would be punched in from the one-yard line by Gambino. The drive would last for 7 minutes and 14 seconds which was sure to have fatigued Woodlands defense.
Woodland would get the ball back and run five plays to only have to punt once more. Wolcott would get the ball back and kneel it to go into halftime with a 21-7 lead.
Wolcott would get the ball back after the half and would lose a fumble for their only turnover of the night.
Woodland would go on after this to have no other scoring drives and be forced to punt each time.
On the other hand, Wolcott’s offense put the game away by scoring touchdowns on their next three drives to win the game by a score of 42-7.
The Wolcott offense had an offensive showcase and showed the rest of the NVL that their running game is a force to be reckoned with.
However, the Woodland offense that scored a combined 95 points in their first two games was held to only 7 and looked lost throughout the game.
Woodland is set to travel to Watertown this Friday and hopes to improve on their mental mistakes from this game as there was 7 penalties called on the Hawks.