On a homecoming night when Woodward Academy announced its first athletic hall of fame class, War Eagle quarterback Terry Googer had a night worthy of commemorating.
Googer threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Woodward rolled to a 37-7 homecoming win Friday night.
Googer connected with Quincy Wolff on two long first-half touchdown passes, both of them short-range throws down the left sideline as the War Eagles (4-2, 1-1 Region 6-AAA) beat Decatur for the second straight year.
Googer finished with 232 yards passing, completing nine of 14 attempts throws, and rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries. Wolff finished with six receptions for 149 yards, 97 coming in the first half.
“This was a big game for us,” said Googer. “We had to win this game so we could get back on a roll.”
Decatur quarterback Devontae Carter passed for 169 yards, connecting with five different receivers.
Decatur (4-2, 0-2), which opened the season with four straight wins, lost for the second straight week. Woodward bounced back after losing its region opener Blessed Trinity.
Woodward drove 75 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown on the game’s opening series. Quincy Wolff made a one-handed catch on a pass in the flat, juked a tackler at the 20 and broke two tackles inside the 10 for a 35-yard touchdown.
“We said that was going to be there all game long. Quincy’s just a heck of an athlete,” said Googer. “You just get it to him anywhere and he’s going to make plays. He’s been doing it all year.”
The War Eagles added a 35-yard field goal by A.J. Cole to go up 9-0.
Decatur got on the board on Nick Bentley’s 4-yard run on fourth down, capping a nine-play, 60-yard drive that pulled Decatur within two.
Wolff turned another pass to the flat into a 45-yard touchdown with 1:27 to play in the first half.
“We swing our backs all around,” said Woodward coach John Hunt. “That’s part of our offense. The first one was a called play, but the second one was just a great effort by Googer.”
Googer’s third TD pass of the night, a 57-yarder to Jacob Robertson on the War Eagles’ first offensive play of the second half, gave Woodward a 23-7 cushion. Googer punched in Woodward’s fourth touchdown on a 1-yard sneak.
Decatur drove inside the Woodward 5-yard line late in the third quarter but was turned away on downs in what proved to be the Bulldogs’ last chance to make a game of it.
Googer capped the scoring with a 46-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth.
“They keep telling me don’t juke, because every time I juke I wind up hurting myself,” Googer said. “I’m big enough to lower my shoulder and run over somebody. It paid off on that last touchdown run. Guys just got out of the way.”
Decatur 0 7 0 0 – 7
Woodward Academy 9 7 14 7 – 37
WA – Quincy Wolff 35 pass from Terry Googer (kick failed)
WA – A.J. Cole 35-yard field goal
D – Nick Bentley 4 run (North Wilkins kick)
WA – Wolff 45 pass from Googer (Cole kick)
WA – Jacob Robertson 57 pass from Googer (Cole kick)
WA – Googer 1 run (Cole kick)
WA – Googer 46 run (Cole kick)