Prep jamboree: Woodland downs White Plains
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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WHITE PLAINS -- White Plains High, a program looking to establish a winning tradition, hosted Woodland, a program expecting to extend its run of consecutive postseason appearances to 10, in a four-quarters football jamboree Friday. The Wildcats struck first, but thereafter it was all Woodland, and the Bobcats eventually captured a 33-7 victory.

“We hit ’em pretty good. I thought we were pretty physical, I really did,” Woodland coach Larry Strain said. “I thought (quarterback) John Wes (Adcock) threw the ball extremely well and we had some receivers that caught the ball. … Our defense has improved but we had a ways to go, in my opinion, from last year.”

Senior running back Johnny Bynum brought the White Plains crowd to its feet on the opening kickoff. Bynum came up from his position near the goal line to field a short, rolling kick at the 18-yard line on the run. Bynum sprinted along the home sideline for an 82-yard return touchdown. Rod Young’s kick made it 7-0 White Plains with the game just 13 seconds old.

The Bobcats scored on their first possession, a five-minute, 65-yard drive in 10 plays that overcame 15 yards in penalties. Two Adcock completions to Tyler Rollins, one for 36 yards and one for 11, sparked the drive. Colby Spears scored on a 2-yard run. Joseph Dothard blocked the extra point attempt to keep the Wildcats ahead.

White Plains center Calvin Thornburg suffered a knee injury when the Wildcats punted with five minutes left in the first quarter and did not return. Thornburg’s injury forced changes at three positions on the offensive line and White Plains was never able to establish the line of scrimmage for its double wing, two tight ends power running attack. The Wildcats had just two first downs in the first half and four more in the second.

“The big thing that we got out of it was the conditioning, the fact of playing four quarters. … I don’t know who’s in (Woodland’s) region but if they were in our region they would probably compete for a region championship. That’s really raising the bar for us for a preseason game,” White Plains coach Heath Harmon said. “We’ve got a lot of things to look at and fix so hopefully it will help us be better next week.”

Woodland took the lead early in the second quarter when Adcock and Rollins combined on a 28-yard touchdown pass. Spears added the 2-point conversion. Neither team scored in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Spears ran for a 76-yard touchdown on the second play of the third quarter. With two minutes left in the third, Adcock capped a 65-yard drive with a 1-yard sneak. With 10 minutes to play, Kendall Hudson completed the scoring on a 1-yard run.

White Plains travels Friday to Ohatchee, a team the Wildcats have beaten each of the past four seasons. Woodland plays at Bowdon (Ga.) Friday looking to avenge a 34-14 loss at home in 2012.
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