Woodbridge falls by one to Howard in an instant state championship classic
NEWARK, Del.- The Woodbridge Blue Raiders fell to Howard Vo Tech 16-15 in the DIAA D2 State Championship game. The Blue Raiders finished the season 11-2 with the number one seed in the playoffs.
The Blue Raider came into this one riding the momentum of a one point victory over Caravel. They stared out the game in a brand new “Earthquake” formation but were eventually forced to punt after a few first downs. Howard started out hot, taking their first drive to the end zone, a Donovan Cartwright fade to Tyair Spencer, Spencer with an impressive tip drill catch for six, two point conversion good so Cats lead by eight midway through the first.
The Blue Raiders would be force to punt, pinning the Wildcats inside their own five. On third down, the Blue Raiders seemed to tackle the Howard QB in the end zone after he recovered a fumble for a safety but he was called down at the one while picking up the ball. After the Howard punt, the Bridge would finally show some life. A handoff to Tyrez Cannon goes 35 yards for the score, Blue Raiders go for the extra point to cut the lead to just one point at the half.
In the second half, the Wildcats would continue their dominant offensive performance. Cartwright would get his second touchdown through the air, another impressive catch this one by Ky’eem Williams to extend it to a nine point game with the two point conversion. On the ensuing Blue Raiders possession, they’d answer. Breaking out the Earthquake formation once again, Ricky Kane carried Woodbridge down the field, capping off the long drive with a two yard TD run up the gut to cut the lead to just three. On the two point conversion, QB Dalton Perdue took the keeper up the middle to cut the Howard lead to just one in the third quarter. For the rest of the third quarter, the two offenses would stall until the Wildcats got into the redone with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
On a 4th and long from inside the Blue Raiders twenty yard line, the Wildcats would go for it. A Cartwright pass to Spencer fell incomplete turning the ball over on downs with five minutes to play, giving Woodbridge one last chance to take the lead. After a few decent runs from the Blue Raiders, a handoff up the middle would be poked free and recovered by the Wildcats for Woodbridge’s first turnover of the game. The Wildcats would get a few first downs and run out the clock from there to take it 16-15.