Football Team Starting to Click, Softball Streaking Towards Postseason, Track Star Getting Many D-1 Offers

Staff Writer: Corey Darko

 

Lead Story: The team started out quite slow as the team started with an 0-2 record and the offense struggled replacing last year starting quarterback Garrett Bass and wide receivers Noah Frith and Louis Hall. Despite the struggles, Coach Budde was not concerned as he believed the team will get better but simply just dealing with the growing pains of being a young team. His confidence seems to be paying off as the offense has scored 30-plus points in two of their last three games and winning both of those games. While it is a small sample size, the offense improvement has been very encouraging, and the defense has been solid all year. Unfortunately, the defense has suffered from being on the field too long because of the offense having a habit of stalling too soon in their drives. This result in the team getting gashed defending the run game as teams have been able to wear down the defense by pounding the ball. With the offense improving, the defense should be more rested, allowing to them to improve in defending the run. Despite the improvements, Coach Budde still wants more consistent play. “We do a play right, then the next time not execute it as well,” said Budde. He stresses the importance of consistently during a long football season. The passing game can also use work as the team has passed for under 180 yards at least twice this season as senior quarterback Dean Braxton is still trying to get in sync with his young receiving corps. However, Coach Budde also stressed, “We knew we were going to be tested early.”

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The Woodstock Student Section travels well as they are still cheering on their team in a road game.

Credit: Woodstock High School Athletics Activity Twitter

All-in-all the offense starting to click offensive is a good sign. Woodstock High School senior Will Wagoner stated, “Even though the offense has started out slow, the fact they have played a lot better lately shows the offense is starting to click, which will make the defense better.”

The offense will be in even more of a makeover as Braxton, sadly, is out for the season with a torn ACL, which he suffered in the fourth quarter of the team’s win over North Forsyth. This will undoubtedly change the offense for the Wolverines. Braxton’s mobility made it tough on defenses as he had the ability to extend plays with his legs and give his receivers a chance to get more separation.

Woodstock High School senior Jordan Fuller stated, “There is no sugarcoating it, losing your starting quarterback most of the time makes the team worse.” You got to feel for Coach Budde and the team as they were finally figuring out how to use their senior signal caller effectively.

Woodstock High School senior Isaiah Green stated, “They seem to figure out how to effectively use Dean, the timing of his injury can’t be any worse with Etowah on the horizon next week.” With a rivalry game coming up against Etowah next week, Coach Budde will turn to sophomore Walker Ormsby to lead the team against “the team down the street.”

The question has to be asked: is the season over with the injury of Dean Braxton? According to Woodstock High School senior Jeremiah Cabrragouis it is as he stated, “Losing your starting quarterback changes everything, as most of the first team snaps that dean earned will now go to the backup that didn’t get as much time to develop chemistry with the first team.”

The lack of snaps with the first team as well as most likely an inexperienced quarterback starting is very concerning. While it is too early to determine if the season is over, it isn’t too early to say the offense that was starting to click will almost certainly take a step back because of implementing a new starting quarterback.

As of Sept. 28, the Football team is sitting at a 2-3 going into their rival game with Etowah.

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The cheerleaders supporting the team at Cambridge where the Wolverines picked up their first win of the season in dominating fashion.

Credit: Woodstock High School Athletics Twitter

In other news: The softball team is gaining momentum heading into the playoffs as they have won 12 of their first 17 games. The offense has scored five or more points in seven of their 17 games. Woodstock High School senior Miles Chambers stated, “This might be the most balanced softball team we have ever had.” In days their offense is off, they can rely on their defense to keep them in games. And when days the defense gives up points, they have the firepower to score with you. All-in-all the softball team is off to a promising start that can’t be ignored and hope to carry their momentum with a win over Alpharetta.  As of Sept. 28, the softball team is sitting at 12-5.

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Lady Wolverines looking for another three-up, three-down frame.

Credit: Woodstock High School Athletics Twitter.

 

In Case You missed: Woodstock High School senior cross-country star Brynne Sumner, one of the top runners in the state of Georgia, spent her Fall break touring colleges as she has gotten track scholarships offers to places such as Standford, Villanova and Furman. … The Volleyball team is off to a slow start as they are only 8-16 on the season as of Sept. 28 and only 1-5.

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Seniors Cassidy Urode, Brooke Ventura, Tatum Torres,  and Parker Hines for the  Volleyball team took a picture on senior night before their games against Kell and Wheeler

Credit: Woodstock High School Athletics Twitter.

Wolverine of the Month: Dean Braxton, a Woodstock High School senior, finally got his chance to shine as the starting quarterback in his last year at WHS. Before his ACL injury cut his season short, Braxton was playing well. He passed for 784 yards, with a 61 percent completion rate and five touchdowns. Not only was he a good teammate on the field, he was a leader off the field as junior teammate Shane Zachos stated, “Always had an answer for every question.”

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Dean warming up before a game during his freshmen year by working on his

Credit:  Courtesy Of: Hudl.com

Quotable: Woodstock High School junior Shane Zachos, backup quarterback, heaped a lot of praise on Dean Braxton

“He was just a great teammate in general. If you ever had a question, he would know the answer. He was always looking to find a way to improve and get better. Dean would help you whenever you needed it and he would push you to make sure you are doing your best.”

Looking Ahead: The football team has a big game Oct. 5 against their rivals Etowah. The game is usually the biggest game of the year for either team as this is arguably the best rivalry in the state of Georgia. The team has had Etowah’s number lately though as they were able to defeat Etowah in a thrilling 38-35 victory on the road. Etowah will look to repay the favor this year by winning on our field. Expect a thrilling and entertaining close game as usual between these two rivals.

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