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Woodruff hosts Chapman in big Class AAA showdown

The Woodruff High School football team put on a defensive clinic last week during the Wolverines’ 48-7 victory over Seneca.

WHS intercepted four passes and blocked a punt all while holding Seneca to just one score on the night.

The Wolverines will likely need a similar effort this week as they were set to take on defending Class AAA upper state champion Chapman on Thursday night. The game was moved up due to the threat of inclement weather from Hurricane Florence.

The Panthers are the No. 3 team in the latest HSSR rankings with Woodruff not far off at No. 6. Chapman won last year’s matchup 48-14, but the Wolverines enter the contest with an identical 4-0 overall record.

In last week’s victory over the Bobcats, cornerback Nigel Cochran returned two interceptions for touchdowns to lead the charge. Fellow corner Marcellas Dial had another INT to set up another WHS score and a blocked punt led to more points for Woodruff.

The offense was led by quarterback Keegan Halloran who returned this year after coming off an injury that sidelined him for most of the 2017 season. Halloran found running back Jonathan Alexander on a 10-yard strike for the Wolverines. Alexander had another run later in the first half and Halloran found Omarion McKelvin for another passing TD later in the game. Stephen Baily also added a 1-yard TD run for Woodruff, who has averaged 42 points a game this season.

The defense has been solid all year for the revamped Wolverines, who are in their first year under new coach Bradley Adams. They shut out Chesnee to start the season and allowed a combined 19 points between Broome and Seneca. Southside Christian – the No. 9 team in Class AA – managed 27 points but Woodruff pulled out a one-point victory.

Chapman will likely be a much bigger test as the Panthers have outscored opponents 208 to 102 this season and have scored at least 42 points in each contest.

Quarterback Mikele Colasurdo has been a big key. He’s already thrown for 1,088 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 160 yards rushing and three more scores. His top two targets – Ben Rollins and Dashun Mitchell – have over 800 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns between them.

Dante Smith and Brandon Jones have provided a solid 1-2 punch running the ball as well as the duo has combined for more than 500 yards and 11 TDs.

After a somewhat slow start defensively, the Panthers have rebounded to no allow a score in their last six quarters played. Paxton Tolleson leads the defensive unit with 47 total tackles while Lamone Terrel has posted four sacks.


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