Woodruff Stuns Clinton 35-28

The Woodruff Wolverines we felt were going to be a player in the AA ranks this year under new head coach Brian Lane. They suffered a tough loss last week versus Greer. This week they battled another AAA perennial powerhouse in Clinton. Lane's squad pulled out a stunning late victory over the Red Devils stunning many across the state. Woodruff CB/RB Maurice Gilliam (shown) had another big game.

Fans were heading for the exits at W.L. Varner Stadium in Woodruff late in the fourth quarter. Fans were leaving as the Wolverines fumbled the ball on the Clinton 2 yard line with just seconds left in the game. Clinton recovered and the hopes of Wolverines were dashed. Or so it seemed. Two short plays later after a timeout by Woodruff coach Brian Lane, Woodruff's Shawn Phelps stripped the football from Clinton RB Matt Ligon's hands and the Wolverines recovered the ball with just 19.8 seconds left.

A glimmer of hope had once again swung in the direction of the Wolverines. Behind the offensive line junior QB Jake Lambert pushed into the endzone on a quarterback sneak to score the game winning touchdown.

RB/CB Maurice Gilliam put forth a tremendous game and helped keep the Wolverines in the battle despite his fumble at the Clinton 2 yard line. We had him down for 14 carries and 80 yards including 1 touchdown. He also caught 2 passes for 13 yards as well. QB Jake Lambert scored the game winner but was impressive throughout the game completing 17-26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown.

Standout Wolverine CB/WR Dominique Woodruff also put up big numbers on the night with 9 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. He also scored another touchdown on the ground finishing with 4 carries for 9 yards.

For the Red Devils their punishing ground game was lead by Matt Ligon who had 115 yards and 3 touchdowns on 21 carries. Teammate Taviouzie Booker also broke the century mark rushing 15 times for 114 yards.

The Wolverine victory over the Red Devils was the first in 13 yards. Head coach Brian Lane had this to say afterwards, "We never gave up even when it looked like we were out."

Good fortune may not always shine on you but if you don't put forth the effort and play every second then you never know what may happen. The Wolverines are proof positive of that.

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