GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The Woodlands High School football team faced a tough test against Rye Neck High School in the Section 1 Class C finals on Sunday.
The Panthers did not allow a point during the regular season and had every chance to slow down Woodlands’ high-powered offense. But head coach Mike Meade said he was not worried about scoring.
In fact, it was just the opposite.
“I wasn’t concerned with our offense. I was concerned with our defense stopping them,” Meade said. “Obviously, Coach (Nick Ianello) did a great job with them all year defensively and we were pretty proud of our defense, too. That was our objective all week is to focus on our defense. We knew our offense was going to put up points. I didn’t know it (would be) 35, but we put up points all year.” The final score was 35-0.
Rye Neck did a great job of stopping Woodlands in the first half. But a sack and fumble near the end of the first quarter led to 15 quick points for the Falcons and the Panthers never recovered.
“Our adrenaline was pumping. It was like now let’s keep on going. Nothing’s stopping us,” said offensive MVP Ron Richards. “We try to compare ourselves to Oregon because they have a fast tempo offense. So it’s like come on, just keep on going.”
Woodlands spread the scoring among its players throughout the afternoon. D’Andre Tilford, Justin Riccio, Dylan Eddy, Raymond Jackson and Richards each had at least one touchdown for the Falcons.
Woodlands will now face Section 9’s James O’Neill High School (Highland Falls) in the regional playoffs.
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