Woodward Academy 42, St. Pius X 28

Woodward Academy upset No. 6 St. Pius 42-28 Friday night, and the War Eagles changed the story line significantly from one year to the next as senior quarterback Terry Googer strafed the Golden Lions.


This one didn’t look like an upset.


Googer, a South Carolina commit, rushed 23 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another 165 yard and a score as the War Eagles raced up and down the field at St. Pius on the way to 471 yards of total offense.


Last season, the War Eagles (6-2, 4-1 Region 6-AAA) edged St. Pius 20-14 on a night when the Golden Lions (6-2, 3-1) lost five turnovers, including a controversial goal line fumble that triggered Woodward Academy’s late game-winning drive.


There was little room for misinterpretation Friday following a game that left Region 6-AAA in a four-way virtual tie.


After the War Eagles failed on fourth down on their first possession, they scored touchdowns on six of their next eight possessions before kneeling at the end. One of those miscues was Googer’s lone mistake, an interception thrown on a deep ball in the waning seconds of the first half. The other was Woodward’s lone punt.


The War Eagles and their fans were not happy last season after suggestions that they were lucky against the Golden Lions.


Head coach John Hunt made it clear when he addressed his squad shortly after the game.


This game wasn’t marred by turnovers; they had one and we had one,” he told players. “The bottom line was, we came to their house and [won the game]!”


The game looked different at the start than the way it finished.


The Golden Lions took a 7-0 lead with relative ease as quarterback Joey Connors ran 30 yards for the the game’s first score. Then, Googer threw incomplete on fourth-and-five to blunt Woodward’s first drive.


There, however, the visitors’ flummoxed St. Pius on consecutive drives while dropping the Golden Lions for lost yardage on five plays.


In between those possessions, St. Pius punter Chris Wegener got off a 10-yard kick that left the War Eagles at the Golden Lions’ 42-yard-line. On the next play, Googer found Jeffrey Hubbar with a perfect throw on a post pattern to tie the score with 4:13 left in the first quarter.


Googer’s 18-yard scoring run out of the shotgun early in the second quarter gave Woodward a 14-7 lead the War Eagles never lost.


The key to that drive came when St. Pius safety Brian O’Reilly recovered a fumble on the first play of the period only to have officials that the Woodward ballcarrier had his helmet torn off before losing the ball to render the play dead.


Basically, spread it out and run our game plan,” Googer said of the War Eagles’ approach. “We’ve got playmakers all over the field. We can run the ball and pass the ball, and basically that’s what we did.”


Woodward led 21-14 at halftime, and St. Pius tied the game twice in the second half as Branden Mitchell scored from 5 yards out soon after Daniel Crochet blocked a Coles punt early in the third quarter, and later when fullback Dalton Wilson scored his second touchdown.


The Golden Lions, though, just couldn’t stop the War Eagles.


Working chiefly out of the shotgun, Googer was both elusive and difficult for the War Eagles to tackle.


He had help. Running back Elijah Holyfield rushed 14 times for 75 yards and two scores. Quincy Wolff rushed twice for 21 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for another 52 yards as Googer completed 6-of-11 passes.


The War Eagles, Golden Lions, Blessed Trinity and Cedar Grove are tied for the Region 6-AAA lead. Woodward plays Cedar Grove next week, when St. Pius travels to BT.


Googer likes Woodward Academy’s spot, and he loved that the War Eagles met their goals Friday night.


We were so pumped up for this game. We wanted to prove that we’re here to stay and we’re going to make a run at the state title this year,” he said. “Everybody said last year was just a fluke because they had turnovers, but we had a game plan this year to prove that it wasn’t a fluke and we can beat anybody.”


Woodward Academy – 7 14 7 14 – 42

St. Pius X – 7 7 14 0 – 28


SPX – Joey Connors 30 run (Thomas O’Leary kick)

WA – Jeffrey Hubbar 42 pass from Terry Googer (A.J. Cole kick)

WA – Googer 18 run (Cole kick)

SPX – Dalton Wilson 35 run (O’Leary kick)

WA – Elijah Holyfield 2 run (Cole kick)

SPX – Branden Mitchell 5 run (O’Leary kick)

WA – Quincy Wolff 5 run (Cole kick)

SPX – Wilson 16 run (O’Leary kick)

WA – Googer 23 run (Cole kick)

WA – Holyfield 4 run (Cole kick)

43 comments Add your comment

Son Of Waco

October 25th, 2013
10:05 pm

SPX what happen?????

Private

October 25th, 2013
10:31 pm

Great high school ball game against 2 rivals. Our 2 big players made the plays when they needed to on O. OLine was dominant tonight. D made the stop when they needed to. WA has a chance to win the region for the 1st time in 17 years if we can get some help from Pius!!! Well played game by both sides. St. Pius QB is very shifty and hard to get down. Dont want to be negative, but Matt, that is totally bush league to put in this article what Coach Hunt said to the boys in the huddle. That is for the WA Team only. You do a great job, but i totally disagree with that. Good luck War Eagles next week and the rest of the year. Good luck to St. Pius as well. Their fans and Coaches and Players were especially hospitable tonight. They have a great program up there. Tonight was a great night for the War Eagles from College Park though!!!

HS Fan

October 25th, 2013
10:37 pm

Great game. Go War Eagles!!!!!

hamilton

October 25th, 2013
10:42 pm

Googer happened!

20-14

October 25th, 2013
10:53 pm

Snap, need to change my name.

Region 7-AAA

October 25th, 2013
11:41 pm

private, you need to learn that nothing in this country is private anymore.

Son Of Waco

October 26th, 2013
12:35 am

You hear how silent them SPX fans are now??? Yeah that’s them realizing that the Lovett beat down wasn’t a fluke… Just a sign that they are not that great this year…

John Egan

October 26th, 2013
4:20 am

Matt – You are terrible for high school football. No excuse for quoting the Woodward coach. Get a new beat where your sensationalistic coverage doesn’t do any damage.

Big Fan

October 26th, 2013
6:59 am

Basically, spread it out and run out game plan,” Googer said of the War Eagles’ approach. “We’ve got playmakers all over the field. We can run the ball and pass the ball, and basically that’s what we did.”

You are correct young man. Your one stride equals 2 of most ot SPX players. What an athlete! Great game Woodward players and staff. Some really good athletes on WA side and well coached. Numbers 5, 3, 21 and 13 especially. Good luck to you.

Son Of Waco

October 26th, 2013
7:39 am

@Bigfan from the look of the game film I think WACO laid out the blueprint on how to score 30+ on SPX defense????

All-American

October 26th, 2013
7:57 am

I saw WACO dismantle a young and poorly coach Thomson team last night. My question is will anny team in AAA be able to beat Buford????

Asw

October 26th, 2013
8:24 am

Matt as always is a “homer” towards Pius. First of all, last year was no fluke – WA’s LB popped the Pius FB at the 1 and coughed it up. Now last night WA simply dismantled Pius. The Pius D had NO answer for Googer or Holyfield. Matt – you are supposed to be unbiased in your reporting – try it sometime. BTW – WA swept Pius at Pius in softball two weeks ago also. Think the War Eagles are getting comfortable up there!

I agree with John Egan

October 26th, 2013
8:41 am

The Woodward coach should not have been quoted addressing his team like that. Of all the comments he made, I’m sure something more appropriate for print could have been chosen to not make the coach, his program or the school look bad.

Or better yet, “The bottom line was, we came to their house and (beat them).”

I’m not knocking Matt because he is a very good journalist as he’s written books, covered professional sports, etc. Blame it on the deadlines and give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. But editors used to catch this kind of stuff behind reporters.

PiusDad

October 26th, 2013
9:07 am

Woodward did have a solid game plan and executed it. But very disappointed to hear the filth spewed by their students while leaving the game. Go search the twitter hash tag from the Woodward players and students, more filth. I guess when the coach is spewing it too its from the top down.

Very proud of the Pius boys and community for winning and losing with class. And for our AD for his classy email and sign he put out welcoming Woodwards team and fans. I pray our friends from Woodward learn some class as well. Winning or losing a football game is very minor compared to how we treat one another.

WA Parent

October 26th, 2013
9:18 am

Are the “lace-curtain” Irish a bit grumpy this morning?

HS Fan

October 26th, 2013
9:24 am

@ Pius Dad get over it. It’s a HS rivalry and both teams showed good sportsmanship on the field. Everyone knows that WA is one of the most prominent schools in metro Atlanta area. Do yourself a favor and stop trolling HS students twitter pages. As far as the bias reporting I’m not surprised I think their quite a few reporters kids that goes to Pius.

NotSoPious

October 26th, 2013
9:48 am

PiousDad, it’s a high school rivalry. From the other side have seen a lot of atrocities from SPX players and fans over the years, home and away, on and off the fields of several sports.

PiusDad

October 26th, 2013
10:03 am

And you defend the filth and abuse being yelled by Woodward students from their cars as they left the game last night? My kids showed me this morning the vile stuff posted on Twitter by Woodward players and fans. I guarantee you that Pius players and students would be facing discipline by the school if caught doing the same. Very sad.

hamilton

October 26th, 2013
10:06 am

I thought it was a pretty clean game and the crowds were polite as far as I saw – a little taunting here and there from a few of the students, but they are kids. After the first WA touchdown four WA students ran up and down the steps through the SPX side of the stadium chanting and waving a Tea Party flag (huh?) In many years of watching HS sports, I have never seen students cross to the other teams side of the stands to celebrate. There were no confrontations of course, but I hope they don’t do that at other games. It is probably not a wise thing to do.

Woodward

October 26th, 2013
10:15 am

@PiusDad Your fans wrote on woodward cars (in sharpie) I would hardly call that classy, would you?

FlyOnTheWall

October 26th, 2013
11:26 am

I was just a fly on the wall watching this game with no reason to root for either team. Just watching because it was going to be a well coached and well played game. And it was. WA #5 was simply too much for SPX to handle. Truth be told, the SPX defense doesn’t tackle and the WA Oline manhandled their opponents.
As for all you old farts bitching about todays kids – you need to find some sort of hobby. Parents from both sides need to stop thinking their kids are special and try teaching them how to live. It won’t be long before Mommy and Daddy can’t be there every time they need to change their diapers.

Mary Sullivan

October 26th, 2013
11:36 am

It not a Tea Party flag… it is a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag that Woodward has had for a while to get the kids pumped up! The Tea Party adopted the symbol a few years ago… Please don’t look for things that aren’t there. There has been poor behavior by a small number of kids on both sides. There are amazing kids and parents at both schools… And, these amazing kids participate in a lot more than football. They even get along very well when they collaborate outside of their schools in other activities. Personally, we were disappointed that the Pius band was not there to perform. Woodward’s band was great… Hope Pius band does well at their competition in Nashville!

Son Of Waco

October 26th, 2013
11:53 am

@All American was he a good coach last year???? But we know how hot and cold fans can be…

Big Fan

October 26th, 2013
12:43 pm

SOW,
WACO pretty invented football and the wining way! Congrats. I wish you and yourn the best.

Son Of Waco

October 26th, 2013
1:23 pm

@BigFan my bad forgot you are a SPX fan, but what other team beside WACO put up 30+ on y’all defense in the past 5 years?????

kidsballcoach

October 26th, 2013
1:30 pm

Woodward- Do not make an accusation like that without stating some facts-are you saying this happened last night?

kidsballcoach

October 26th, 2013
1:36 pm

email available if you prefer

kidsballcoach

October 26th, 2013
2:08 pm

Hamilton- I really hope that you recognize an historic American flag upon reconsideration, but the 2nd time the WA students attempted their very highschoolish behavior they were blocked by a pack of very small yet determined SPX Flag Football kids who forced the High School students to retreat. It was the highlight of my night.
This was a big game, honestly (and I know for WA they were focused on this game all season), SPX has not been and probably did not take it as serious as we should, plus some other challenges for the coaches and team during the week seemed to have hurt SPX on defense., I do find it very disheartening that our band was not there for an important region game and feel that SPX spent too much energy worried about offending WA and not enough time getting our fans fired up. There wan’t even a pep rally on Friday.

hamilton

October 26th, 2013
3:00 pm

Yes, I know that flag has historic significance. Other flags do as well. In my lifetime, however, I have only seen it deployed in one context. How about a big red WA flag?

I too got a kick out of the Little Lions defending the stands.

Woodward has tons of talent, no doubt, (I look forward to following Mr. Googer on Saturdays instead of Fridays!) but our defense hasn’t given up that many points in over a decade. We will need better focus and game adjustments than that to get by BT and Decatur.

Stringer Bell

October 26th, 2013
3:08 pm

Woodward won, Pius lost…simple as that but we need Pius help next week against BT :) to win the region as we try and beat a Cedar Grove team we haven’t had much success against the past few years (1-3)

WA-FAN

October 26th, 2013
3:20 pm

Woodward’s O-line, running backs, receivers, and the quarterback played very well last night. Our offense was unstoppable.

jrabbit

October 26th, 2013
5:26 pm

@ Asw.. Don’t try and get too comfortable thinking WA will come up to Pius and win. It’s time for basketball to start. We’ll see what happens then. Don’t think your boys will beat Pius and you know your girls don’t stand a chance of being within 20 pts of the Pius girls basketball team. Hope you really enjoy your softball victories.

Mike Hunt

October 26th, 2013
9:50 pm

@jrabbit how is your 2012-2013 region championship boys basketball team doing? wait…

Mountain Man

October 27th, 2013
7:26 am

The Lord answer my play. Pius lost

Mountain Man

October 27th, 2013
7:54 am

That was pray in first comment.Amen

42-28

October 27th, 2013
10:20 am

lol at the bias of the Pius fans. You complained about Woodward students tweeting when some of your students were tweeting at one of our players before the game. One particular student was also attempting to start an even larger scale twitter fight on Thursday, the day BEFORE the game. Complaining about how Woodward acted classless after the game when we get back to our cars to find sharpie all over them?!?!?! And don’t tell me SPX hasn’t been looking to this game all year after they felt cheated last year. All of you commenting on here- get a f****** life and act your age. Woodward over Pius. Check the scoreboard.

FlyOnTheWall

October 27th, 2013
1:28 pm

@42-28, nuff said! PiusDad was a puss when he was a student there and he’s doing a fine job of raising the next generation of Piuspuzzys.

Pius couldn’t block or tackle a very well coached WA team. Simple as that.

But please don’t throw all of the Pius “family” into the pusspile with PiusDad. Their players and coaches are class folks and would not want to see the kind of BS PiusDad posts here. These coaches have never made excuses and they don’t allow the players to make them either. Learn from it and MOVE ON.

Solj

October 27th, 2013
3:21 pm

@PiusDad Lets set the record straight about the “criminal” woodward students living in your fantasyland. We understand that the actions of the woodward spectators as a whole were by no means perfect, and filth was undoubtedly directed at some from Pius by a select, immature few from Woodward. What angers us more than anything about the Pius community, is the general tone of narcissism seen in the eyes of far more parents and students alike than in that of any other school we play all year. To act as though

Solj

October 27th, 2013
3:45 pm

Those students from Pius did absolutely nothing wrong is ludicrous. Don’t pretend to not know that a few of your football players were jabbing their fingers in our players facemasks, a few even refusing to shake our players hands, or that a few of your students gave our cars numerous post game sharpie mementos, or that your students were tweeting the same filth you have been hypocritically denouncing above. Is that what people call losing with class at Pius? No, I think not, seeing as I have many good friends there who think, like me, the whole thing is overblown. Do I endorse all of the ways woodward people responded too you above? Absolutely not, because that would promote the same brand of haughty ignorance you employ. Am I aware of the woodward infractions that occurred? Of course I am. But the holy rollers like you, on both sides, need to tune down their ego feeding lectures, and realize that no problem like this is one sided. These domineering opinions, more than any particular sporadic action, is what fuels the nature of our rivalry.

hamilton

October 27th, 2013
4:35 pm

OK, on that note, good game all. Good luck the rest of the way and we will see you at the next game.

WA Parent

October 27th, 2013
5:43 pm

That isn’t the tea party flag! LOL.LOL. That is the flag symbolizing striking fast and swift. Duh…a rattlesnake! OMG. TEA PARTY? Pius, learn how to lose.

RexDogma

October 29th, 2013
1:48 pm

This was no beat down. Just a shoot out that spx came up a little short. The defense was not really there. 1 fumble or something and it is different. Go Cedar Grove!!!

Classyloser

October 29th, 2013
8:09 pm

I’ve gathered a list of the things the two schools do, to determine who is more “classy”.
Pius:
1. Lose
2. Complain after losing
3. Yell at Referees, even in middle school games
4. Get in fights with opposing school’s parents
5. Draw some very “classy” drawings on opposing fan’s cars after losing
6. Repeatedly refer to their own school as classy

Woodward
1. Win
2. Not be a bunch of condescending, narcissistic losers

Also, I would just like to take a moment to laugh at the Pius fan who was so desperate to find something Pius could beat WA at that he was trash talking for girl’s basketball. Oooohhhh, I would really be crushed if you beat our girl’s B-ball team.You stay classy Pius, I expect you’ll get a lot more opportunities to “lose with class” in the near future.