Forest Park 6
Woodbridge Coach Keith King was incensed. His Vikings had just blown a coverage and allowed Forest Park to score a touchdown on a fourth-and-seven play from Woodbridge's 13-yard line in the second quarter. King knows that a team with playoff aspirations can't afford to make such mistakes.
But that play was one of the few slip-ups by the No. 20 Vikings on Friday night as they dismantled Forest Park, 38-6, in a AAA Cardinal District game. On a chilly and rainy homecoming night, Woodbridge wanted to look sharp -- and it did for the most part -- in a final tune-up before next Friday's showdown with No. 2 Hylton, a game that likely will decide the district championship.
"I think we were as sharp as we could be for a homecoming game," King said. "There are a lot of distractions during homecoming. They were pretty focused, but you've got everything they're doing, like the parade and all that other stuff."
Woodbridge (6-1, 2-0) led only 14-6 until just before halftime. In the second half, though, the Vikings wore Forest Park down with a punishing running attack led by freshman DeAntwan Williams.
Williams rushed 17 times for 135 yards and three touchdowns, including a 44-yard scamper up the middle on the Vikings' first possession that put them ahead for good.
"I just thought I had to do a lot better than I've been doing because it's homecoming and everybody was going to be here," Williams said.
King pulled Williams out of the game at one point during the third quarter and implored him to be patient and wait for running lanes to open. Williams listened; when he returned, he dashed 35 yards for a touchdown that wideout Andre Crier set up with a block near the right sideline.
"It's tough when you spend most of your time playing with kids your age and you can dominate them, and now you're up here with kids that are four years older than you," King said of Williams. "You have to learn there's a little more to football than outrunning people. He's beginning to learn that."
Woodbridge quarterback Alex Brown completed his first seven passes and finished the game 8 of 12 passing for 125 yards. He also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
"I just felt comfortable," Brown said. "And with Rocket [Williams] running the ball like that, it took a little pressure off me."
The lone bright spot for Forest Park (1-6, 1-1) was running back Ryan Lee. Lee carved up the Vikings' defense for 91 yards on 10 carries in the first half and finished with 105 yards on 16 attempts. He has rushed for 100 or more yards in three straight games.
As for the Vikings, who have won six games in a row, they now turn their attention to Hylton. The teams played three times last year, splitting two regular season meetings before the Bulldogs ended Woodbridge's season in the Northwestern Region Division 6 semifinals.
"It will be a measuring stick for our whole team," King said. "We'll see where we really are."