Football Team’s Incredible Comeback, Corey Long Leads Defense, Basketball Season is Here

Staff Writers: Ramon Elortondo and Shane Zachos

Lead Story: For this months lead story the Wolverines Football Team made the greatest comeback in Georgia State playoff history! The game was destined to be a great one against East Coweta. The boys left school an hour early to make sure they get there on time and focused. As the game began, East Coweta jumped out on top early and it was not pretty. Woodstock trailed 34-7 at the half…It looked like to be the seniors last time on the field in a Wolverine uniform. The second half seemed to be like a new game for the guys. The comeback began when senior Corey Long made a tremendous play in which he got an interception then hurdled a defender and broke 2 more tackles and this lead to the offence scoring its second touchdown. At the end of  the 3rd quarter the score was 34-21. Then QB Garret Bass gave Junior WR Noah Frith a pass for another touchdown making it 28-34 it was intense. Then the defense again locked down the explosive East Coweta offense. The next play to score was a crazy one, the play has the name “sucker” it has this name because it is a trick play. The QB calls a receiver in motion and throws him the ball behind the line of scrimmage, then the receiver acts like he’s running the ball when then he throws the ball to another receiver running a deep route down the field. It is basically a double pass. In the game it was Louis Hall to Noah once again. The sideline for Woodstock and all the fans were in a stage of shock. Unfortunately after the win Woodstock began preparing for the top dog team in the state the Grayson Rams. The game was a dog fight for first 2 minutes however our boys never gave in and gave 100% to the last whistle. As the game ended many seniors let out their emotions as it was a sad time for the whole team, letting their seniors move on. To sum up the season, your wolverines always tried their best and made it all the way into the sweet sixteen We are all proud of their accomplishments.

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Different team, same dream. Louis Hall #33 posts up with Grayson’s Mahari Stribling after a tough loss in the second round of state. Photo courtesy of Louis Hall.

In Case You Missed It: The basketball season is finally here! That means early morning practices, and grinding day in and day out. This year, the team has two surprise young swingers who will be playing Varsity and JV. Sophomore guard Chris Carroll, and towering freshman Bryce Clark standing at 6ft 4in. Another player that is new to the team this year is Junior Forward Dylin Hardeman, who came from Saint Francis. Leading scorer from last years season, Tyreke Johnson, will be looking to repeat on another great year. For the first game of the season, Woodstock held a scrimmage here at the rock when we faced Norcross. One of the top teams in the state came out firing getting out to a big lead, and held it for the rest of the game. The team rebounded with a win over Mountain View 66-61 in the first game of thee regular season. We look forward to seeing many more wins from the boys this year! Over the Thanksgiving break, the boys basketball team played in the Parkview Tournament. They finished with a record of 2-2. Good job boys! The wrestling team overcame a 24 point deficit to beat Sequoyah, but had tough losses to Creekview and cross towne rival Etowah.

Wolverine of the Month: Senior Middle Linebacker Corey Long. Corey is considered the vocal leader of the defense. He gets the signs from defensive coordinator Oz Price, and then communicates those signs to the rest of the defense. We caught up with Corey in an interview asking him about what drives him to play the sport he loves. “Honestly, its just my love for the game. Also it’s the coolest feeling in the world running out the woodshed on Friday nights at Woodstock. I’ve been playing football for 13 years now, ever since kindergarten, and my love has not gotten old. I don’t think it ever will.” Later on in the interview, me moved from the  past and asked him some questions about the future, on what’s to come after his senior year. “Im going to walk on or try to at KSU! I hope to take my ‘Wolverine Pride’ on to the next level in hopes to be an Owl!” Corey is truly a football lover. His passion of the games goes outside of just playing on the field. His favorite teams are the Atlanta Falcons, and UGA for  college football. He added, “The Falcons are doing great this year! Not so much for the Dawgs.” Corey Long will be truly missed next year. He’s a great teammate, and is loved for his fighting spirt by the coaches. We wish Corey good luck on his football career, we know there is a lot left in the tank for big things to come!

Quotable: While interviewing Head Coach of the football team Brent Budde, he said, “I love this years team. This team plays together, and for one another. They play the right way. Effort discipline, and passion.” He believes that these are the reasons on why the team made it so far this year. Later in the interview we asked him on how he felt playing such a great team like Grayson. “It’ll  definitely be a test for us, but we have to take it one game at a time, prepare like we always  have, and I have confidence in my team that we will give it our all in hopes to make it further in the playoffs.”

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Runners line up at the start of the 5k here at Woodstock. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Sebring.

Off the Court: During the Thanksgiving Break, Woodstock Basketball hosted a 5K here at the rock where many gathered to run for a medal. Turkey Trot 2k16 was a success! Woodstock Tip Off Club collected non-perishable food items to donate to the local food bank on race day! It was a great way to give back to the community for those in need over this Holiday Season!

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The medal awarded to the runners of “Turkey Trot 2k16”. Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Sebring.

By the Numbers: Tyreke Johnson #22 is having an incredible Senior year for the basketball team. He has multiple 30 point games. A 35p 13r 4a 6s in an overtime win! That boy is hungry! Doing everything it takes to lead his team to victory! He went on three straight games dropping 30 points. Standing at 6’5, this PG also dropped 33p 11r 3a and 3s. Against Northview, Tyreke had 33p 10r 5a and 7s. He’s putting up monster numbers! Keep up the good work Ty!

Looking Ahead: With the football and cross country season over, the only boy sports going on now is Basketball and Wrestling. We have a few games to look forward to. For wrestling, we have Cherokee to face, and the yearly event, The Wolverine Classic, where many schools come to the wood and battle it out to see who comes out on top as the top wrestler. On December 6th Men’s Basketball travels down the street to face Etowah in a heated Rivalry to see who runs this Towne!

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