The Woodbridge High School football team may have gotten off to a late start this season after missing the first two games while in COVID quarantine, but the Blue Raiders haven’t looked back since, reeling off their fourth straight victory defeating Laurel, 16-0, on Friday, Nov. 27.
A stingy defense and ball control offense was key in the Henlopen South game. The Blue Raiders held the Laurel offense to zero first downs while the offense dominated time of possession holding the ball for over 36 minutes in the game.
“Laurel is a physical, well-coached football team, and we anticipated a physical ground-and-pound type game. We did a nice job offensively moving the chains and controlling the tempo and time of possession,” Woodbridge head coach Jed Bell said.
“We talk about the ball and how you can’t win without it. That means possessing the football, not turning it over and getting the ball back when the other team has it. We did that tonight,” Bell said.
Woodbridge marched the ball down the field on the opening drive going 82 yards and chewing up 8:30 capped off by a fumble recovery in the endzone by Noah Matthews. Kenny Newton ran in the conversion and Woodbridge took an 8-0 lead.
After forcing Laurel to punt the Blue Raiders went back to work on offense. Woodbridge drove the ball down to the 11 yard line, but following a holding penalty they faced a third and 27. Quarterback Jordan Evans dropped back and was flushed out of the pocket then scrambled and raced to the endzone for a 28 yard touchdown run. Newton again added the conversion run, and the Blue Raiders took a 16-0 lead into halftime.
Evans rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries as well as completing three of nine passes for 47 yards. Evans completed more passes in the game then he had even thrown all season.
“Jordan Evans keeps getting better and better every week under center. He is a kid that played wide receiver for us last year and has very limited experience at quarterback. I am pleased with where he is considering this was his fourth career start,” Bell said.
Tyrez Cannon has seen limited action this season coming off a 2019 season where he was an all-state selection and rushed for over 1,300 yards, but tonight Cannon carried the ball eight times for 68 yards, picking up key first downs for Woodbridge.
“It was great to see Tyrez run the football and run the football hard this evening. He battled some injuries early in camp, missed a game and has just been trying to get healthy and get right.” Bell said.
“It’s tough having a senior all-stater on the sideline because he is not 100 percent, but I am proud of him for staying committed through this process, continuing to get healthy and taking advantage of the opportunity tonight.”
Laurel falls to 4-2 this season and will host Delmar next Friday for their season finale, while Woodbridge improved to 4-0 in the Henlopen South and will travel to Caravel Academy on Friday as well. The Woodbridge-Caravel game will be carried by Delaware Live Sports.