Woodbridge's offensive line took over in the second half and led the Vikings to a 17-6 Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 semifinal victory over Pulaski of the Roanoke Valley District last night at Woodbridge.
Woodbridge (9-2), making its first playoff appearance in five years, had a superb offensive game plan to try and confuse Pulaski's swarming defensive linemen. Woodbridge will now play at Fauquier in the region final next weekend.
Mixing an effective running game with a successful passing attack, the Vikings controlled the tempo and the clock.
"We used a lot of different formations that enabled us to open up our running game," said quarterback John Milhiser. "People around our school were saying that we were going to lose to Pulaski, especially with them being from the south. But we studied the game films of them and we figured that we could win."
After holding a 7-0 halftime lead, Woodbridge's running game was stuffed on its first possession of the second half. But after forcing a punt, Woodbridge took over at the Pulaski 38.
After an eight-yard gain by Robert Lawrence and a 14-yard pass from Milhiser to David Howard, the Vikings reached the Pulaski 16. After the drive stalled, Milhiser kicked a 33-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, Woodbridge put the game away when Milhiser, who was being chased, found Lawrence open in the flat and threw to him. Lawrence broke three tackles, cut back and coasted into the end zone for the 37-yard score and a 17-0 lead.Pulaski (7-4) 0 0 0 6 6 Woodbridge (9-2) 7 0 3 7 17
W -- Comey one run (Milhiser kick)
W -- FG-Milhiser 33 kick
W -- Lawrence 37 pass from Milhiser (milhiser kick)
P -- Dalton 30 pass from Akers (pass failed)