Sterling, VA (September 19, 2016) – Prior to their September 16th match-up against the Woodgrove Wolverines, I ran into a cluster of Dominion Titan football players along the sidelines of a home volleyball game. After chatting it up about football and the like, I shared with them a scouting report regarding their keys to victory:
“The Titans have a stout defense and athletic offense. If an opponent doesn’t defend the corners or protect against the cutback, their skill players will hit the edges and reverse field on you for large gains. If the Titans can maintain their focus and eliminate their turnovers, victory can be had.”
As truth would have it, the consequences of not defending the cutback would haunt Woodgrove throughout the first half, as Dominion quarterback Vashon McCants ran and reversed field on the Wolverine defense early and often for big gains. One such reversal involved evading what appeared to be half the defense to buy enough time and complete a pass to receiver Jayson Robinson for a 55-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
After an initial 24-yard touchdown run by Wolverine quarterback Mike Kovich, and a field goal by kicker Cameron Gieseman to give the Wolverines a 3-point lead halfway through the 2nd quarter, Titan’s McCants closed out their final possession of the first half by hitting receiver George Richardson for a short touchdown pass to give Dominion a 14-10 lead at the break.
The second half was just as hard-hitting as the first, except the big plays swung in Woodgrove’s favor. After tossing multiple screens throughout the contest, midway through the 3rd quarter, a routine screen to receiver AJ Organ turned into a 69-yard touchdown pass to receiver Russell Blackwell as the Wolverines dialed up a little trickery to regain a 17-14 lead.
Not to be deterred, Dominion took their next possession and drove down to the Woodgrove 10, but an untimely center-quarterback exchange resulted in a fumble and recovery by a defense on their heels.
As truth would have it, the consequence of that turnover squandered a most opportune scoring drive by the Titans, and allowed the Wolverines to both seize momentum and orchestrate a long drive of their own. The drive ended with Kovich hitting receiver Mason Gryniuk on a 5-yard out route in the back of the end zone for the final score of the game, and a 24-14 victory.
Next up for the Wolverines (4-0) are the Millbrook Pioneers (4-0) in a home clash of unbeatens. The Titans (2-2) play host to the Loudoun Valley Vikings (3-1) next weekend.
Aaron Wyche was on hand to cover the action and posted this PHOTO GALLERY with 279 images.