Etowah Up Next, Bailey in Second and Sophomore RB Stands Out

Ramon Eortondo and Shane Zachos

Lead Story: Preparing for Etowah. When asking coach Budde about what the team is doing to get ready for our arch rival Etowah Eagles he told us that we are focused on Woodstock football not so much what the eagles are going to do but more of what we need to do to become successful and win the game. The wolverines are off to a decent start halfway through the year being 3-2. The three wins have come off big wins against Sequoyah, Kennesaw Mountain, and North Forsyth. However, the two loses have been hard to swallow both being at the den. One being to a very solid North Paulding team. The other loss was taken in the hands of the West Forsyth Wolverines. At the start of the season Coach Budde told his team about how he wants his team to be successful and make the playoffs. It would be Woodstock’s first time in 8 years to do this task. When asking coach about what they need to do to improve and be a better team as a whole to reach this ultimate goal he told me that they need to not blow their assignments, that being either on offense or defense. He also stated that they need to stay disciplined when the going gets tough. Lastly he stated that the team needs to focus on the small things and that the most little mistakes can make a huge impact on the outcome on a game. We are hoping our fellow wolverines can push out a big win against “the kids from across the street” it would be very big for our program and school as a whole.

In Case You Missed It: The Men’s Cross Country Team competed in “War Path” a meet that featured schools around our county. Austin Bailey, team leader, and a senior at The Rock came in second with a time of 16 minutes and 20 seconds. As for the football team, the boys are on a bye week, and head into next weeks big game with a 3-2 record. Last week, the spread offense led by starting quarterback Garrett Bass tallied up 35 points. Offensive Coordinator Joshua Smerker called plays that gave way to easy yards as we drove up and down the North Forsyth defense. The defense played great holding them to only a field goal Friday night. Be sure to check out Woodstock’s twitter in charge of all the latest updates @whsathlactivity.

The Wolverine of the Month: Ryan Martin. The sophomore for  the Varsity Football Team plays running back. Ryan noted that he is exited to play with the big boys this season as a sophomore, and he loves the competition. Ryan has been playing football ever since he can remember. He recalls throwing the football round with his dad when he was a little kid in the backyard. Football is Ryan’s favorite sport, and he has goals to  play at the collegiate level. He was inspired to play football because his dad was a coach of the junior wolverines, and he also played high school football back in the day. Ryan was just a kid that wanted to be just like his dad, who he says is his role model. The bond between father and son is unbreakable.lk.png

 

Ryan Martin getting ready as he warms up for Kennesaw Mountain. Photo Courtesy of: Julia Black

The two spend a lot of time together as they go on hunting trips in hopes of bring home a deer to eat a good southern style meal with venison. Some of Ryan’s favorite teammates are fellow running back Drew Ramsey, and star receiver Louis Hall. The wolverine of the month’s favorite college team is the Georgia Bulldogs. We can always see Ryan in the hallways supporting his favorite team with shirts and logos of the great division 1 program. Us students are proud of what Ryan is doing on the field, and we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us for the upcoming games.

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#50 James Castleberry and #22 Logan Cox lining up for special teams. Photo Courtesy of: Julia Black

Quotable: Coach Budde tells us “Landon Dixon is a great all around player for our defense. He is always in the right place at the right time and gives 100% on every play. He is just a solid football player and a great leader.” When asking fellow wolverine Andrew Bartolero about the play of senior linebacker Logan Cox he said “he’s been playing like a stud muffin. Long, Cox, and Bankston are too hard to stop on defense.”

Off the Field: Every Wednesday, football players have the kindness to take time out of their day to go read to the Woodstock Elementary kids. These kids are looking up the studs on varsity, hoping one day to fill the shoes they fill, and maybe one day, even have a starting spot on the team.

By the Numbers: It’s been a great season for many different athletes on the Wolverine Football program. Garrett Bass is leading the region with over 1,200 passing yards and 16 passing

touchdowns. Also he’s leading the team in rushing yards as well, with 257 yards in just 40 carries. He’s obviously showing everyone his dual threat quarter back skills. In the receiving department Noah Frith is getting it done with 28 catches for a total of 362 yards and 6 total touchdowns. Also in the receiving department Liam Byrne and Louie Hall have combined for a total of 52 receptions for 548 yards and 8 touchdowns.

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Liam Byrne being hugged by Bobby Black (#19) after a big play

Photo Courtesy: Julia Black

On the defensive side of things, Logan cox (52 total tackles, 30 solo, and 3 sacks), Corey Long (50 total tackles, 27 solo), Tucker Wood (39 total tackles, 28 solo) and Latrell Bankston (37 total tackles, 17 solo, and 3 sacks) are getting it done on the defense for the Wolverines. In fact the defense only let up 3 points in their last game against North Forsyth.

Looking ahead: As the month is ending, the boys have a couple games coming up. County rival Cherokee will be facing off against boys Varsity on October 14th. More importantly, across Towne Lake is Woodstock’s biggest rival, the hated Etowah Eagles. Students will be riled up  for that game as we look to pack the stands, and cheer our loudest in support for our boys. Hopefully we take home the win. There’s nothing better than being able to trash talk to our arch enemies. After all, Etowah is the reason Harambe died. As for Woodstock’s cross country squad,  they will be traveling all the way to Florida for the biggest meet of the year. 250 schools compete for the top spot, and the lowest times. While talking to head coach of the cross country Kirk Scharich,  he told us that his goal was to make it into the top 20 of the meet in Florida. The high expectations will hopefully be met, this years team is hungry for success, and will do everything in the power to achieve their goals.

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