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Woodlands Football Builds Another Winning Season

HARTSDALE, N.Y. - The Woodlands High School Falcons football team will host Valhalla Saturday, looking for a big win toward another playoff run.

The Falcons (2-0) defeated Class C power Bronxville 40-32 to open the season and followed up with a 32-14 victory at Irvington last Saturday setting the tone for what they hope will be a championship run. Woodlands made it to the Section 1 Class C semifinal last year before losing to eventual state champion Dobbs Ferry.

"This win was great," said Falcons receiver Dylan Eddy, who is one of the team's leading receivers. "It was a team effort like always. We played a great second half. The defense held Irvington scoreless in the second half, we executed well on special teams and the offensive line blocked very well, allowing some big plays to be made."

The Falcons also unleashed halfback Tyrone Barber, who, despite an ankle injury, rushed for 155 yards and four scores as the Falcons continued their scoring spree, averaging 36 points per game. Quarterback Justin Riccio and half D'Andre Tilford add speed and skill to the offense.

"Although we ended the first half with a two-point lead, our first-half performance lacked the type of intensity that we like to bring," Eddy said. "To improve, we just have to execute Woodlands football from the opening kickoff until the moment the clock hits zero. When we do that, the sky's the limit for our team."

Valhalla, which is rebuilding its football program under coach Kevin Martins, earned its first win of the season last week by rolling over Yonkers-Montessori 42-0, but the Vikings have a tough test against the Falcons.

Coach Mike Meade's Falcons should have little trouble with Valhalla this week and could be headed to a playoff showdown with Dobbs Ferry (2-0) and Bronxville (1-1), the last two state champions in Class C football. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.

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