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Another week, another rout as Woodridge pounds Field

by Michael Leonard Sports Editor Published: October 16, 2016 12:00 AM
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Peninsula -- Woodridge football fans have seen the same pattern all season, which is not a bad thing.

In almost every game this fall, the Bulldogs have piled on the points early and let the reserves take them home in the second half.

Unfortunately for Field, that pattern continued Oct. 7 at Lahoski Field.

Woodridge's offense hit on all cylinders in first half, as the Bulldogs took a 49-0 lead at the half and coasted to a 63-7 win.

Woodridge improved to 7-0, 4-0 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division, while Field dropped to 2-5, 0-4 in the Metro Division.

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According to Woodridge coach Jeff Decker, the key to the Bulldogs' consistent success has been preparation.

"This group prepares every week like they're preparing for a playoff game," Decker said. "That might sound like 'coachspeak,' but it's true. They set a goal this week of what they were going to do with [Field running back] Dominic Smith and they achieved it times 10."

Decker said Woodridge's goal against Smith was to hold him under 100 yards rushing with no touchdowns. Smith finished the game with 11 carries for eight yards and no touchdowns.

"I'm so proud of the way we played on defense," Decker said.

"We tried to get some momentum going for us," said Field coach Lane Knore. "They made the plays and they made them early."

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Field attempted to catch the Bulldogs napping on the opening kickoff, but an onside kick attempt didn't go 10 yards, setting up Woodridge on Field's 47.

On the next play, Woodridge running back King Alfred Sanders ran an off-tackle play 47 yards for the touchdown.

Sanders had another big night, rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.

"We're just trying to make a point about what we can do," Sanders said. "We want to show we're ready for the playoffs."

Woodridge's next drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Kyle Lamson at the Field 40. Lamson also went 9-of-9 on extra points for the Bulldogs.

Sanders found the end zone again on a four-yard run with 6:48 left in the first quarter.

Woodridge didn't go to the air very often against Field, but was very efficient when it did.

After a short punt, Bulldogs quarterback Mason Lydic hit Sharif Howard with a 40-yard play-action bomb for a touchdown with 4:30 left in the first quarter.

That was followed by Lydic hitting Jake Margroff with a 42-yard crossing route for a touchdown with 2:50 left in the first quarter.

Up 28-0 after one quarter, Lydic's final throw of the night was a one-yard out route to Howard for a touchdown with 9:39 left in the first half.

Lydic didn't play past the midpoint of the second quarter, but still went 6-of-6 for 110 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

Running back Robert Singletary got into the act later in the second quarter for Woodridge.

Singletary would score twice, beginning with a 37-yard sweep for a touchdown with 7:33 left in the half.

Aided by a couple of Woodridge penalties, Field had a chance to score late in the first half, but kicker Joe Boarman's 35-yard field goal attempt fell well short.

Woodridge marched the other direction and the drive was capped by a one-yard touchdown plunge from Singletary with 42 seconds left in the half.

Singletary finished with 76 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.

Leading 49-0 at the half, Woodridge's reserves took over in the second half, but it did not stop the onslaught.

Four straight runs by King Alcardon Sanders led another score, as "Baby King" ran in a six-yard touchdown run with 6:19 left in the third quarter.

Woodridge's defense then got in on the fun.

A bad snap by the Falcons led to a loose ball in the end zone, which Bulldog defensive end Jacob Mally pounced on for a touchdown with 5 minutes left in the third.

"We shot ourselves in the foot the last few weeks with turnovers," Knore said.

Field finally got on the board with 1:28 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Caleb Francis found Jaret Poth open for a 60-yard touchdown pass.

Francis finished 6-of-14 for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Woodridge was set to travel to Coventry Oct. 14, but results were not available at press time.

The Bulldogs will return to action at Lahoski Field Oct. 21. at 7 p.m. against Norton.

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