Explosive Ground Attack Boosts Wolverines Past Vikings 27-3
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
TURTLE CREEK, Pa. – Would the best team in quad-“A” please stand up? The problem with asking that question is that you might find 6 teams standing, maybe even more. With that being said, it’s quite clear that predicting the WPIAL quad-“A” playoff picture is becoming just as hard as picking tonight’s winning lottery number.
In a game between two teams with history that dates back decades, you knew that the Big East opener between Woodland Hills (3-1) and Pittsburgh Central Catholic (3-1) would be a classic. It got even more interesting when mother nature made its first visit to Friday night this season, and she didn’t go unnoticed as a stead down pour was present for most of the first half.
That rain lead to very few passing attempts let alone completions, in fact there were a total of just 6 completed passes out of the 23 attempts between both teams. This didn’t make the game any less stellar, after all both teams’ bread and butter no matter what the weather is good old fashion pounding the pigskin.
Central Catholic likes to give the ball off to sophomore Damon Jones-More and who could blame them, he is second in the WPIAL in rushing. However this would be only the second game this season Jones was held to under 200-yards with just 81-yards on 18 carries.
After Central Catholic went three and out on their first possession, Woodland Hills would put together a 6 play 70-yard drive for the game’s first score that was capped off by Dom Timbers on a 10-yard run.
Central would answer on the final play of the first quarter when Matt MacZura hit a 42-yard field in a driving rain cutting the Wolverines lead in half, making it 6-3. MacZura’s field goal would be the only points Central could scrounge up in the game.
Woodland Hills on the other hand was just getting started. Dom Timbers and the Wolverines took advantage of a David Symers fumble, when Timbers took in his second score of the night on a 30-yard run on 4th down. The Wolverines would add a field goal late in the first half giving them a 17-3 lead at the break.
Woody High would pick up where they left off at the start of the third, once again giving the ball to Timbers who punched it his third TD from 7-yards out.
Timbers racked up 161 yards rushing and 3 touchdown in his performance against the Vikings who are also some of his old classmates, after all it was only two years ago when he dressed in Viking Blue and Gold. Dom attended Central Catholic for his freshman and sophomore year of high school, before returning back to his home district.
Not only was the services of Dom Timbers a bright spot in the “W” for Woodland Hills (4-1 – 1-0), but so as a Wolverine defense that forced 4 turnovers, three of which were fumbles, not to mention holding Central Catholic to just 149-yards total offense.
The question for Central Catholic, is what team do they want to be the rest of the season? After all they’ve gone back and forth all season with good and bad performances. Last week Central took down what was a pretty good and undefeated Upper St. Clair team, however just four days prior to that they gave up 30 points in the first half in a 36-21 loss to Mt. Lebanon. If Central wants to be in the thick of things come playoff time, next week’s game against Penn Hills (2-3) is as close to a must win as you can get.
The loss featured Central Catholic’s worst offensive production against a WPIAL team since 2002 when Central fell 38-0 to none other than Woodland Hills. Only time will tell what Central team will take the field next week.
In the last two weeks Woodland Hills has taken down the last two WPIAL champions, and their schedule has many beatable teams left on it, with maybe week nine being their toughest test between Penn Hills. After tonight’s 27-3 win, one thing is for sure; if Woodland Hills wasn’t already one of the six teams standing, they are now.
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