Perhaps the wildest finish of the weekend came in the W.T. Woodson-Langley game Friday, won by Woodson, 22-20, on a last-second field goal despite the Cavaliers' best efforts to hand the Saxons a key AAA Liberty District victory.
The zaniness began with Woodson (6-1, 3-1) trailing 20-13 with about five minutes remaining and Langley (3-4, 3-1) driving. The Cavaliers recovered a fumble at their 19-yard line, and after an offensive penalty, drove 89 yards for a touchdown (Matt Nickerson scored his 19th of the season from nine yards), pulling Woodson to within one. Woodson scored the go-ahead two-point conversion on a run, but it was negated by a penalty. The Cavaliers' next attempt failed.
Woodson's onside kick attempt failed, but again, the play was negated by a Cavaliers penalty. So freshman place kicker Gavin Pincus tried again, and Tommy Cawley came up with the ball with about 1 minutes 30 seconds left. A minute later, Woodson's other place kicker, Greg Pugnetti, booted a 26-yard field goal to give the Cavaliers the win. "They out-played us," Woodson Coach Gerry Pannoni said. "But we still earned the win. That stuff happens sometimes. These are the kinds of games that make champions."
-- Tarik El-Bashir