Purcellville, Va. (October 17, 2014) – From the opening kick-off, Woodgrove ran and passed their way to a 35 to 13 victory over the Loudoun Raiders. With the victory, Woodgrove improves to 5-2 and the loss drops Loudoun County to 3-4.
During the game, a couple of Woodgrove records were broken. Billy Sheehan and Dylan Mellor hooked up for four TD passes, one of which went for 77-yards and broke a school record. Mellor also broke his own school record of yards in a game with a 187 yard performance. Junior Cole Rosick recorded another interception and now holds the school records for career interceptions with 9, and season interceptions with 6.
Woodgrove started the game receiving the opening kick-off. They immediately set the tone for the game, executing an 8 play 79-yard drive that was capped off by 16-yard TD run by Charlie Clewis for a 7-0 lead. After a Loudoun Country drive stalled at their own 40-yard line, Takwan Crew-Naylor of LC executed a brilliant punt that pinned Woodgrove at their 1-yard line. Forced to be conservative given the perilous field position, Woodgrove was only able to move the ball to their 17-yard line before they were forced to punt.
Loudoun County, having started their next drive with excellent field position, were then able to drive the ball 51-yards on 7 play drive that tied the score at 7-7. However, Woodgrove was having none of this and tacked on the next two touchdowns for a commanding 21-7 led at half-time. Billy Sheehan and Dylan Mellor connected on two touchdown passes. The first was for 15 yards after a 13 play 68-yard drive and the second was 72-yard beauty on the first play after a Loudoun County fumble.
Loudoun County’s offense couldn’t get anything going on their first possession of the second half and they had to punt the ball away. Woodgrove was also having trouble getting started in the second half. After two short runs by QB Bill Sheehan, Woodgrove was in a third and five from their own 33-yard line when Sheehan was sacked. He fumbled the ball and Loudoun County scooped up the ball and ran in back for a touchdown. The extra point failed, and Woodgrove’s lead had been cut to 21 to 13.
Billy Sheehan, still smarting from his turn over, quickly got back on track. After a couple of short-runs, Woodgrove had a Delay of Game penalty that put them at 3 and 11 on their own 23 yard line. No problem, Sheehan and Mellor connected for their third TD of the game, this one a record setting 77-yard bomb, which got Woodgrove back to a 15 point lead, 28 to 13.
The defenses took over at this point, forcing each side to punt two times a piece. Then, with 7:26 left in the game Cole Rosick picked off a Loudoun County pass and returned it 18 yards to the Loudoun county 26 yard line. From there, Woodgrove was able to drive the ball in on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Sheehan to Mellor, their fourth TD pairing of the night.
Friday, Woodgrove heads to Dominion High School in a Dulles District showdown. Loudoun County plays at home versus John Champe.