Johns Creek takes out Woodstock

By Score Atlanta

Woodstock head coach Brent Budde was certainly motivated when the Wolverines stepped onto the field tonight after a disappointing 4-6 record last season. Memories of deflating injuries and lopsided losses were still fresh in the minds of the hosting Wolverines as Johns Creek visited the Woodshed. Before there would be an opportunity to restore excitement in Town Lake by starting 2012 off strong, everything was spoiled by a Gladiator shutdown as Johns Creek prevailed 28-0.

Budde and his team did not appear synchronized for the majority of the game, and on the opening possession, running back Trey Alexander fumbled. Johns Creek took possession and Mike Cloy’s talented offense, led by senior quarterback Skye Overton, quickly took control of the game.

Woodstock’s defense did a good job in the early action of being aggressive against the spread but that success was short-lived. Late in the first quarter while backed up at the Johns Creek nine yard line, Overton was forced into a dangerous third and long. Overton’s playmaking was outstanding all night and wideout Ben Deck was able to convert the third and long by hauling in a beautiful touch pass from the senior. On the next play, Matt Azemar took the handoff and hurdled over Woodstock’s Max Keeton for the first down. Overton began to take over the drive and the game with his legs. After a couple of successful keepers, Overton did it again and galloped in on a 50-yard rushing touchdown.

The Gladiators continued to disrupt Woodstock offensive coordinator Roy Clayton’s attack, and despite being undersized up front, Johns Creek was able to stuff the Wolverines all night with low pad levels and excellent leverage. They forced the three-and-out, and on the next offensive possession, Azemar took the handoff in for a 41-yard score.

The Woodstock offense continued to struggle and the only stops came off a brilliant night by Woodstock’s Keeton. Offensively and defensively, Keeton was everywhere for the Wolverines, but his true successes came on Gladiator field goal attempts as he batted down three tries.

In the second half, the Gladiators were able to close the door with authority. Overton once again ran past the defense for a big 52-yard score. The lead was pushed to 21-0, and this non-region matchup became a tool for Cloy and his team to use for the rest of the season. Defensively the plan was to continue shutting down whatever the Wolverines threw their way, and they did that by forcing a turnover on downs on the only real scoring threat. On offense, it was clear that the fourth quarter would be an assessment for how his offense could put together a long successful drive.

The Wolverines’ defense looked exhausted trying to slow down this explosive unit. Overton continued to move the ball and made some key throws on big third down plays. Cloy was opening up the playbook, and, after a pair of penalties, Overton eventually found Jack Pomerantz and converted the third-and-14. The 15-play, 86-yard drive was capped off by Overton’s third rushing touchdown of the night. Overall, the quarterback carried the ball 16 times for 151 yards.

“ We knew that had to be a long drive and we were ready to make the plays,” said Overton. “I just have to continue playing hard and reading the defenses throughout the game.”

“Tonight was fun wasn’t it?” coach Cloy asked his team after the game. “We’ve got to get back to work this week and get ourselves prepared. Rest up and great job.”

Next week Johns Creek will travel to Milton to take on a talented Eagles team. Woodstock will get the Harrison Hoyas next and will hope to answer some major questions. This was a team that was shut out three times last season and overcoming this early setback will be a challenge. Both teams will look to build from tonight’s game.

29 comments Add your comment

William

August 24th, 2012
1:29 am

first for once

OUCH!!

August 24th, 2012
6:51 am

Looks like the Wolverines started out the season by getting the woodshed burned down.

Glad man

August 24th, 2012
7:25 am

Love being 10 pt underdogs. JC burned down the woodshed in our first 6A contest ever. For those who don’t know Johns Creek – we were 3A 3 years ago (new school), 4A the last 2 years (playoffs last year), and hosed by a terrible GHSA reclassification screw job we are the 3rd smallest 6A school in GA.

No whining…Roll Gladiators!

Gladiator 1

August 24th, 2012
7:28 am

How about a little repect for the Gladiators…No more Cinderella team…we are the real deal…

Frustrated

August 24th, 2012
8:19 am

Woodstock needs to clean house. Four shutouts in six games is unexcusable. Budde and Clayton need to go.

Dude

August 24th, 2012
8:44 am

“Matt Azemar took the handoff and hurdled over Woodstock’s Max Keeton for the first down”. Isn’t hurdling a penalty?

fan

August 24th, 2012
9:02 am

to Glad Man….you said “no whining”….BUT your entire babble was whining. The enrollment at John’s Outhouse qualifies for your classification.

itsgood

August 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Congrats to Johns Creek. Good way to start the season!
Im going to mention it in the other forum.. gahighschoolsports.net
You guys should register.. We need some other divisions talking in there!

spartan4460

August 24th, 2012
10:53 am

Was at the game on the Woodstock side.Both teams looked to playing at half speed.To say JC should be going around beating there chest about how good they are is crazy except for 3 long run’s Woodstock’s defense held them in check except for the last drive and by then Woodstock’s defense was done.I’m waiting to see how they do against a good defense.As for Woodstock this could be a long year

FALCON

August 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

FB,FB WHAT WHAT FB FB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FALCON

August 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

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powder2424

August 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

i too was at the game. both schools are undersized on the lines. @glad man wood stock i believe is the smallest school in 6A. most of JCs big plays were the result of poor tackling by the wolverines. also special team WTF what was JC doing attempting a 54 yard field goal??? not once but twice in the game??? neither were even close

Terry

August 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

Coach Cloy has been around since leather helmets but he is a great coach and person.

Paddy

August 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

Dude…….it is not a penelty if it is not called. Move on to the next play and enjoy!

Pelletier

August 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

@powder2424 kyle fowler (our kicker) can hit 60+ yeard field goals with ease… so THAT’S why we attempted two 50+ yarders

Cougar

August 24th, 2012
2:03 pm

Johns Creek is undersized and played a bad team with less talent. Seriously, no D-1 prosepects for both teams. The JC quarterback cannot pass at all. His arm is weak and he basicaly only runs the ball but without much instinct. He cannot check down and looks a little stoned out there at times. They have a good running back but no line. Mitlon will demolish them with Lawson tearing up that spread offense. It was a win against a very bad team.

Glad man

August 24th, 2012
2:58 pm

yes, I am a Gladiator fan and we are undersized and slow. Unfortunately, we will only win 4-5 games in 6A this year against bigger and faster teams. The problem is that we cannot run a pro style attack. The QB is fast but undersized and does not and cannot throw vertically. That can make us predictable and if a team gets us into third and long we lose on the QB’s shoulders.

spartan4460

August 24th, 2012
3:11 pm

don’t care how good a foot he has he tried 3 and got 2 blocked that’s all that needs to be said

Footballfan

August 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

@ Itsgood: I checked out the gahighschoolsports.net forum.. Nice! I see that Johns Creek is getting some recognition in there. Awesome!!!
http://gahighschoolsports.net/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=83

jdog

August 24th, 2012
3:40 pm

Dang my old school sucks . Haven’t been good since 09

Larry

August 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

Terry,

I grew up, and played football, with Coach Cloy. We wore PLASTIC helmets! It would have been nice to have had those new fangled face mask things, though.

pigskin

August 24th, 2012
4:09 pm

@ Pelletier , apparently he can’t kick 60 yards with ease.

Gladiator 1

August 24th, 2012
4:11 pm

Here we go again…Hooch fans are going to go on and one about how great they are (thunder and lightning, travis marshall, etc) …Hooch beat JC last year in the last minute on a long bomb..and by the luck of the draw got a weaker tema to play the first round of the playoffs..and JC only lost to Flowery Branch again at the last minute on a hail mary or would have gone on in the playoffs …JC is far from a perfect team but they deserve some props

spartan4460

August 24th, 2012
4:16 pm

that was O’Brian’s last year and yes they do lol

spartan4460

August 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

why does JC need more prop’s? they need to beat some body they beat a bad team

DOSTA DAWGS

August 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

I thought former Valdosta High coach O’brien had turned the Woodstock program around? What happened?

gladbagman

August 25th, 2012
12:12 am

PU…you can just smell the rot of a Cougar. Always dogging their neighbor ’cause they are playing a scrimmage at 9:00am in the dome and no one cares.

proudglad

August 25th, 2012
9:52 pm

Cougar how did it feel to look so bad on T.V? Did you even watch our game? I don’t know why you are so negative about JC. We might not have any D1 players but you will never meet a better group of players. They might not be the biggest but they are the best group of guys. What makes them such a special team is they play as a team. It’s not about a player it’s about the team. You guys should be so lucky.

Devil in Atlanta

August 27th, 2012
9:27 pm

I attended this game and neither team was impressive. John’s Creek wasn’t that good- but Woodstock was that BAD. Obrien certainly didn’t leave the team better than he found it! Actually, that’s probably why he split- he knew there was no talent past the Carmichael boy and Tripp Chandler.