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Rockets come up short in shootout with Tigers

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Ar-We-Va's Jeffrey Molina (back) dives across the goal line for a first quarter touchdown after splitting the Woodbine defenders Caleb Wakehouse (1) and Layne Pryor (13) in a Sept. 11 game. Woodbine won the contest 76-46.

WESTSIDE: After the first play from scrimmage the Ar-We-Va fans couldn’t wait for the rest of the game to unfold. By the time halftime rolled around, the same fans wouldn’t have minded too much if the misty night turned into a downpour that would have delayed the game.

Although the raid would pick up at times, it wasn’t enough to delay the game and Ar-We-Va fans left the stadium disappointed following a 76-46 defeat at the hands of Woodbine.

Almost all the scoring the Tigers needed to pull away from the Rockets came in the second quarter.

“The second quarter ended up being our undoing as we were out scored 28-0,” said Ar-We-Va head coach, Chris Petersen following the game. “Overall, we simply gave up too many big plays. We gave up seven touchdowns on plays of 30 yards or more, with three of those being on plays of 50 yards or more.”

Ar-We-Va actually had a giddy start to the game when, on the first play from scrimmage, Will Ragaller picked off a Woodbine pass. After shedding off the receiver, Ragaller ran 25 yards, mostly untouched for the score.

Woodbine opened their own scoring with a defensive score as well.

Early in the first quarter Woodbine scored off a 35-yard fumble recovery.

Ar-We-Va retook the lead late in the first when Jeffrey Molina split a pair of defenders, catching a 5-yard pass from Cooper Kock for a touchdown. Woodbine tied the game at 12 with a late score in the first.

The second quarter featured four Woodbine scores including a 31-yard pass, a 26-yard run, a 39-yard pass and a 3-yard run to help the Tigers take control of the game.

“There were times where we looked really good on both sides of the ball, but we were not consistent enough to keep pace with a team as good as Woodbine,” Pterersen said. “Defensively our front three did a really nice job all night of getting penetration and making plays either in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. There were also times where we looked really good offensively both on the ground and through the air, but we have to work on timing of our routes and releasing the football at the proper time.”

Kock finished the game 7-22 with 108 yards and five touchdowns passing.

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