A Sept. 24 Sports article misidentified the W.T. Woodson High School football player who caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Steve Lowe. The player was Mike Paleos, not Josh Snyder. (Published 9/29/2005)
W.T. Woodson senior quarterback Jeff Beyer spent this past week nursing a separated left shoulder, and spent nearly three quarters last night watching as his Cavaliers fell behind visiting Marshall.
But with 9 minutes 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Beyer trotted onto the field and led W.T. Woodson on a 12-play, 60-yard drive that he capped with a one-yard touchdown run to lead the Cavaliers to a 22-19 victory in the Virginia AAA Liberty District opener for both teams.
Beyer rushed for 51 yards on the winning drive, most of those coming on runs through the middle of the Statesmen defense.
"As [Marshall] kept scoring, my shoulder didn't hurt anymore," said Beyer, sporting an ice bag on his shoulder afterward. "We saw that they were a little tired. So I tried calling the plays quickly, and it made running easier. [The non-throwing shoulder] is going to be sore tomorrow, I'm sure. We needed an extra kick, and I'm glad I was able to provide it for the team."
Beyer's heroics helped resuscitate the Cavaliers (2-2, 1-0), last season's district and Northern Region Division 5 champions who had struggled in their first three games. W.T. Woodson, which moved up to Division 6 this season, had been beaten soundly by perennial powers Centreville and Westfield.
"We needed this win because everybody had been talking about how we had struggled early on," W.T. Woodson running back Josh Snyder said. "We needed a boost for the team."
The Cavaliers looked forward to opening play in the Liberty District, which they have dominated for the past two years -- including a 54-14 victory at Marshall last October.
But early in the second half, Marshall took a 19-14 lead on a 26-yard run by Chris Hurlburt. The Cavaliers' defense stiffened at that point, stopping the Statesmen on their next three drives to set up Beyer's game-winning march.
After Beyer's go-ahead touchdown with just under five minutes remaining, Woodson's defense stopped Marshall senior Jordan Culbreath a yard short of a first down on a fourth-and-10 pass play at the Statesmen 47-yard line.
Culbreath had scored on a run and a pass to give Marshall (3-1, 0-1) a 13-7 lead late in the second quarter, but Woodson responded quickly when backup quarterback Steve Lowe connected with Josh Snyder on a 64-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining in the half.
Despite the loss, Marshall has already equaled its win total from the past three seasons.
"After you get over the sting of a loss, and you look at the score, you can't get negative about it," Coach J.T. Biddison said. "It was W.T. Woodson, the regional champions. There's nothing to be ashamed about."