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Woodland High School
Dorchester

 

Woodland riding three-game winning streak

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Dorchester—The season got off to a rough start for the Woodland football team, as it dropped two of its first three games.  However, the Wolverines have rattled off three consecutive victories, including a region-opening win over Whale Branch.
“It took us a little time to find out who we were as a team, to find our identity,” said head coach Cody Craig.  “We also got some players back from injury after the first three games.  The experience some of the younger guys got in those three games is now helping because we can rotate guys in.  Now we’re deeper in certain spots than we expected to be.”
The only thing that may slow down Woodland is an open week.  Even though they’re playing well, the Wolverines will take advantage of an extra week of practice with undefeated Bamberg-Ehrhardt looming on the schedule.
“We’re going to try to fix some things that we’ve had issues with in the past, but we’re definitely going to start preparing for Bamberg.  They’re a good football team and we need to use every minute we have to our advantage to get ready for them,” Craig said.
“They don’t really have any weaknesses.  They have good size, good speed, they’re disciplined.  They don’t get out-leveraged and they don’t put themselves in bad spots.  You have to play sound football to beat them.  The good thing is that we’re familiar with them.  We know what to expect, but that only goes so far.  We have to come ready to play.”
If Woodland expects to pull the upset, quarterback Taurean Singletary will need to continue his hot streak.  The senior has averaged more than 400 total yards in each of the last three games, dissecting defenses with his arm and legs.  He has accounted for 12 touchdowns in that span.
Singletary has spread the ball around to several playmakers, but wide receiver Lavel Davis has been one of his most reliable targets.
Defensively, linebackers Travon Elmore and Gunner Pendarvis have led the charge while cornerback K’Ron Ferrell has been a ball hawk in the secondary.

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