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Vols cap unblemished record with championship victory
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It was the Raleigh Woods show at Bobby Ray football field during the championship game of the Senior Pro League.
Woods scored five touchdowns, including bringing the opening kickoff back for score, to help the Warren County Vols defeat the Warren County Blue Raiders 40-18.
Woods has been fantastic all season, leading the Vols to an undefeated record, but he saved his best game for last.
Woods scored on touchdown runs of 13, 30, 59 and 22 yards and also had a forced fumble and fumble recovery on defense.
It didn’t take long for Woods to put the Vols on the scoreboard. The Blue Raiders kicked off to the Vols and Woods was the first to find the ball.
Woods weaved through the Blue Raider defense and raced over 50 yards for the game’s first touchdown. The Vols were stopped on their two-point try, leaving the score 6-0.
On the ensuing possession, the Blue Raiders didn’t have the ball long. A fumble on a run found the arms of Woods, giving the ball back to the Vols deep in their own territory.
The Vols moved up the field with ease, getting big runs from Woods, Alex Yates and quarterback A.D. Majors.
A penalty slowed the Vols down though when the team reached the red zone. A holding call and two short runs left the Vols facing fourth-and-goal from the Blue Raider 18.
The Vol coaching staff decided to try a pass and Majors came through. Majors was forced to scramble from a heavy rush and found just enough time to heave the ball toward the endzone.
Paxton Smith faced a double team, but was able to soar over two Blue Raiders to come down with the ball and score the Vols’ second touchdown. Majors added the two-point conversion on a QB sneak to make it 14-0 with 4:37 to play in the first quarter.
The first period ended with both teams being stopped on fourth down. The Blue Raiders got some momentum by stopping the Vols near midfield on their third offensive possession, but Woods turned the tides on the next play.
Peppi Miller turned the corner against the Vol defense, but he ran right into Woods. Woods stripped the ball and Tyree Ladet pounced on it to set the Vols up near midfield for their third touchdown drive of the first half.
Woods scored from 13 yards out with 3:18 to play to make it a 20-point Vol lead.
The Blue Raiders were able to cut into the deficit just before halftime. A long kick return from Isaiah Grayson gave the Blue Raiders the ball in great field position.
Jordan Pinegar helped his team capitalize by racing in for a touchdown off the right edge from 10 yards out with 36.2 seconds left. The Blue Raiders were stopped on their two-point try, sending the game to halftime at 20-6.
The Blue Raiders started the second half with the ball and didn’t waste time cutting into the lead.
Grayson, who spent most of the game at quarterback, lined up at receiver for one play and made it count. Dalton Cutrell found Grayson behind the Vol defense for a 37-yard touchdown strike to slice to Vol lead to 20-12. Another two-point try failed, leaving the Blue Raiders behind by eight.
Woods doubled the lead on the next series. On a second-and-short at the Blue Raider 30, Woods busted free through the line and outran the Blue Raider secondary for his second rushing touchdown. Woods added the two-point conversion to make it 28-12.
Another touchdown run by Pinegar, this time for 17 yards, cut the lead to 28-16 right before the end of the third quarter, but there was just enough time for Woods to score before the final period began.
Woods broke a 59-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter to make it 34-16 entering the last 10 minutes.
The Blue Raiders failed to score on their final two possessions while Woods added his final score from 22 yards out with 4:01 to play.
The Vols celebrated a perfect season after the final whistle sounded as the team defeated its main rival for the second time this season.
Woods finished with over 200 yards rushing and five total touchdowns. Majors had over 100 total yards as the dual-threat QB was successful running and passing. Yates added 30 yards on five carries.
Pinegar led the Blue Raiders in rushing with 70 yards. Grayson and Miller had over 50 yards apiece.