Woodlawn played homecoming spoiler as the Knights held on for a 21-14 victory over Minden on Friday night at The Pit.
The Knights held on for a muddy victory after a frenzied opening quarter. The loss most likely puts Minden’s postseason hopes in a bit of jeopardy.
The first quarter started with a hectic pace. Kentrez Roby found Brian Stewart for a long pass to open the game for the Knights. The Tide were called for a personal foul that put Woodlawn inside the Minden ten-yard line. Roby found Cameron Kennedy for an 18-yard touchdown pass to put the Knights up 7-0 with 9:38 left in the first quarter.
The Tide responded quickly. Lieric Robinson picked up 25 yards on the ground, followed by a Jacobe Greenard reverse that racked up another 23 yards. Quarterback Trent McLaughlin found Robinson on a screen pass for seven yards on a third-and-goal that tied the game back up with 6:18 left in the opening quarter.
Kennedy returned the following kickoff to the Tide 32-yardline. Roby found Calvin Martin for a 24 yard pass. Minden finally strung together three stops that put the drive into a fourth and goal. The Knights called a timeout, then called a double reverse pass to Martin for a five yard touchdown. The Knights led 14-7 with 2:58 left in the first quarter.
Greenard lined up in the wildcat and broke free for a 42-yard touchdown that tied the score at 14.
The rain started to come down. Woodlawn scored on a 58-yard pass from Roby to Tyrique Taylor with 3:02 left in the first half before the field started to get wet, and held on for the victory, 21-14.
Minden outgained the Knights with 321 total yards, and held Woodlawn to 290 yards.
Robinson had another exceptional game for the Tide despite the loss. He rushed for 144 yards on 17 carries in addition to 50 yards receiving and one touchdown.
The loss puts Minden at 2-2 in district 1-4A and 2-5 overall. Woodlawn improves to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in district play.
The Tide still have to play undefeated Northwood as well as North DeSoto in the final three games of the regular season.
Photos by JJ Marshall