An article in some of yesterday's editions incorrectly stated the W.T. Woodson football team's playoff victory total. W.T. Woodson has won two playoff games in its history -- Friday night against Madison and a first-round game in 1973. (Published 11/24/02)
W.T. Woodson 20, Madison 14
W.T. Woodson sophomore running back Joseph Martin did not secure a starting position on the Cavaliers' football team until midway through the season. But last night he made himself quite well-known, scoring three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime as the Cavaliers defeated Madison, 20-14, in the Virginia AAA Division 5 playoffs.
Martin's three-yard scoring run on his team's first possession of the extra session clinched for Woodson its first postseason win in its 41-season history.
The Cavaliers (9-2) will face South Lakes next week in the region final.
Madison (8-3) had possession to start overtime. But its fourth-down fake field goal attempt was thwarted when sophomore linebacker Aaron Solomon stopped Jon Decker at the goal line. Decker, the holder on the 20-yard attempt, had pitched to kicker Johnny Ayers, who ran right with the ball, and then turned back to throw to Decker, who was wide open in the left flat.
On its overtime possession, Woodson, as it did the entire night, simply handed the ball off to Martin, who finished with 169 yards on 33 carries.
"All the pressure was on me in overtime," Martin said. "I just knew I had to get it in there."
Said W.T. Woodson Coach Mark Cox: Martin "was the only thing we had going tonight. We had to give it to him. We had to keep going with what was working."
The Warhawks, who last year lost in the Division 5 region final, appeared to score on their overtime possession, but were called for an illegal shift, negating Carl Gravette's three-yard scoring run.
Woodson trailed 14-7 at halftime, but opened the third quarter by challenging Madison to stop Martin. The 5-foot-7, 184-pound halfback carried on nine of his team's 13 plays, including a 15-yard scoring run that took 7 minutes 7 seconds off the clock. Grant Hou kicked the extra point to tie the score at 14.
Madison senior running back Jon Urcoyo (71 yards, 14 carries), the fourth-leading rusher during the regular season for his team, emerged to play a crucial role in the first half, particularly the second quarter.
He carried nine times for 51 yards, powering his way for two short touchdown runs in the second quarter. They capped scoring drives of 51 and 63 yards, respectively.
Woodson opened the game with a strong defensive stand, forcing Madison to punt into the wind from deep in its own end. The ball was downed at the Warhawks 34, and the Cavaliers immediately went to work.
After an 11-yard completion from Solomon to Stephen Niez, Martin rushed the ball four consecutive times, the final a two-yard plunge into the end zone.