Woodstock senior Tyler Baggett recorded a pair of sacks, recovered a fumble and was seemingly involved in every tackle, while Chris Mowery intercepted a pass and Jerrail McMickens blocked a punt to set up a Wolverine touchdown in the first half.
Woodstock coach Brent Budde didn’t go as far to say that everything was clicking for his team, but said he was pleased with their effort.
“I would say that we were working hard for it,” he said. “We are doing a good job getting on blocks and staying on blocks. Our running backs are doing a great job of finding the holes and our quarterback is making good decisions. We are just making some plays now.”
Woodstock (2-3, 1-1 Region 5AAAAAA) trailed early as Lassiter (2-3, 1-1) struck first with a 36-yard pass from Will Anderson to Quincy Perdue. But the Wolverines were quick to answer as Justin Agner threw a touchdown pass of his own — 20 yards to Josh Loud — to tie the score at 7-all after the first.
It was in the second quarter when Lassiter made its move.
The Trojans scored less than 3 minutes into the second quarter when Anderson found Perdue on a short pass, but the speedy receiver turned it into a 54-yard touchdown.
Minutes later, after forcing Woodstock to punt, the Trojans struck again. The drive, which started on the Woodstock 46, ended with a 19-yard pass from Anderson to Steven Beasley. With 5:59 left in the first half, Lassiter was suddenly up 21-7.
Woodstock, however, didn’t back down for a minute. Less than a minute later, it reached the end zone with Deante Robinson running the ball in from 12 yards out. After missing the point-after, Woodstock trailed 21-13.
The Wolverine defense then went back to work and forced one of four turnovers they would have on the night. The ensuing drive lasted just 2 minutes as Agner capped it with a 12-yard scamper. The Wolverines went for a 2-point conversion and knotted the score at 21-all with 2:32 remaining.
Woodstock scored once more before the half. After a long pass from Agner to Nick Cable, Robinson ran in for the 1-yard touchdown. Woodstock led 27-21 after another failed extra-point attempt going into halftime.
Lassiter received the kickoff in the second half and quickly scored. Anderson hit Perdue for a 37-yard touchdown just over a minute into the quarter for the 28-27 lead. But Agner scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper 5 minutes later, and Lassiter never again led.
Woodstock settled for a 38-yard field goal by Javier Zavalla to start the fourth quarter.
Lassiter responded with a 3-yard touchdown by Corey John to cut it to 37-35, but Donovan Brand answered with a 4-yard touchdown for Woodstock.
With 2:57 left in the game, Duby Nwaubi caught a 45-yard pass from Anderson. The Trojans went for the 2-point conversion and cut the deficit to 44-43. Lassiter then attempted an onside kick, but Will Stumpf recovered the ball for the Wolverines.
Woodstock picked up a pair of first downs to run out the clock without giving the Trojans another possession.
Agner was 13-for-20 for 259 yards. Reagan Amos caught four passes for 97 yards, while Cable had four catches for 123 yards. Robinson led the Wolverines in rushing with 16 carries for 94 yards.
The Wolverines played most of the game without versatile Alex Motsinger, who was injured during the team’s first series.
In many ways, Lassiter was its own worst enemy.
The Trojans fumbled the ball four times, losing possession in three of those instances. They also had 80 penalty yards in the second half, and more than 140 for the game.
Anderson was 26-for-34 passing for 364 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Perdue led the Trojans in receiving with eight catches for 157 yards, while Nwaubi added four catches for 99 yards. Grant Daniels carried the ball nine times for 57 yards — all in the second half.