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Woodland welcomes Silver Bluff in AA first round

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

DorchesterWoodland was shut out in its first two games of the regular season, but bounced back to take six of its final eight to head into the postseason with a 6-4 record. The Wolverines are currently ranked No. 15 in the newest HSSR Class AA poll and sport a four-game winning streak.

“We’ve come back healthy. We played a tough non-region schedule and went into the region a little beat up. We finally got our strength back and we’ve got so momentum, so we’re going to try to ride that into the playoffs,” said head coach Jonta Sibert.

Woodland went 4-1 in Region 6-AA action, with the lone defeat coming to Whale Branch, 20-14. That left the Wolverines in second place in the conference standings, which gave them a home game against Silver Bluff (5-5) in the first round of the playoffs.

“Every team in the playoffs is 0-0, so you can’t just look at seedings. They play in a tough region and they have improved as a football team. We’re going to have to be ready to play if we’re going to beat them,” Sibert said.

One of the keys to success has been the play of the offensive line. Ronald Summers, Jaysharn Boyd, Lynn Nettles, Kenyai Gilliard and Jordan Hall have combined to give quarterback Taurean Singletary plenty of time to find big-play receiver Lavel Davis.

“Our o-line play has improved tremendously from the beginning of the season until now,” Sibert said.

Summers has also been a force on the defensive line, and was recently selected as a North-South all-star.

“He’s been doing a great job on defense. He’s got good instincts and seems to always be around the ball,” Sibert said.

Woodland will need a complete team effort to advance, and the little things will likely make the difference.

 “Going into the postseason, I think every team is focusing on not turning the ball over. You’ve got to be sharp and execute plays. We’ve got to make smart decisions when we have the ball, and make sure we get to the ball on defense. The playoffs will come down to who can make the plays and who can’t,” Sibert said.


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