Balanced Woodlawn too much for Bossier

WINNING STRATEGY:  Woodlawn running back Quintin Wilson and Knights’ offensive coordinator Mike Green cooked up a potent plan Friday night. (Photo by JERRY BYRD, Journal Sports)

BY JERRY BYRD, Journal Sports 

Woodlawn’s Quintin Wilson is a Knight to remember, and it was a night to remember for No. 14. The sparkplug of a running back turned heads in the first half of Woodlawn’s 34-14 district win over Bossier Friday night by rushing for 119 yards on five carries. 

Wilson finished with 162 yards on 24 carries.  

“We talk about yards after contact with him,” Woodlawn head coach Thedrick Harris said. “He did a good job of keeping his legs running and keep fighting for yards. That was a big improvement from what we have seen the last few weeks.” 

Bossier (0-8, 0-5 District 1-4A) didn’t make it easy for the Knights (3-5, 2-3) at Independence Stadium. The Bearkats drove down the field on the game’s opening possession and scored a touchdown — a 9-yard Christian Johnson run for a 6-0 lead. 

Woodlawn tied the game on the first play of the second quarter as Anthony Bryant scored from seven yards out. His touchdown was set up by runs of 13 and 37 yards by Woodlawn quarterback Isaiah Kennedy.  

With just under five minutes remaining in the half, the Knights got defensive. Defensive lineman Peter Johns had a big sack on third down from the Bossier 10. On fourth down, the Bearkat punter was under duress and threw the ball the away, which led to an intentional grounding.  

The penalty – from inside the end zone – resulted in a safety credited to the Woodlawn defense and gave the Knights an 8-6 lead with 4:49 remaining in the half. 

Enter Mr. Wilson — and a 44-yard run — setting up a 12-yard touchdown run by Kennedy. 

Woodlawn led 14-6 at halftime. 

Woodlawn leaned on the Bearkats with their running game in the second half. The Knights plodded down the field by gaining chunks of rushing yards, including a 14-yard reverse by D.J. Bates.  

After eight straight run plays, Woodlawn offensive coordinator Mike Green dialed up a pass play for Kennedy, finding Antonio Reynolds for a 33-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 20-6.  

On the very next drive, the Knights found the endzone again – another Kennedy touchdown pass. Joshua Kennon did the heavy lifting on the 36-yard screen pass as Woodlawn scored 28 straight points and led 28-6. 

Kennon impressed his head coach. 

“He was as disciplined running the football as I’ve seen,” Harris said. “He did a tremendous job, and our offensive line did a good job.”  

But Bossier head coach DeAumante Johnson’s Bearkats didn’t go down without a fight.  

Woodlawn was plagued with penalties in the second half, the most costly a pass interference call on third down at midfield. It gave the Bearkats the ball at the Woodlawn 35, and Bossier quarterback Latravio Christor found San’tavion Ball for a touchdown with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. 

With 8:21 remaining in the game, Woodlawn added one more score as Kennedy connected with Brandon Henderson on a fourth down from the Bossier 12.  

“The offensive line was blocking, and we were executing,” Wilson said in his first-ever interview. “I’m blessed. We knew they wanted to win bad, but we wanted it more. We are going to keep pushing forward.” 

Forward for Wilson and his Knights, who improve to 3-5, will be the Northwood Falcons. 

Bossier, who remains winless on the season, will host an undefeated North DeSoto. 

Woodlawn 34, Bossier 14

Scoring by quarter

Woodlawn | 0 | 14 |14 | 6 | 34 

Bossier    | 6 | 0 | 8 | 0 | 14 

Scoring summary

B- Christian Johnson 9-yard run (run failed) 

W- Anthony Bryant 7-yard run (run failed)  

W – Woodlawn defensive safety  

W- Isaiah Kennedy 12-yard run (run failed)  

W – Kennedy 33-yard pass to Antonio Reynolds (pass fail)  

W – Kennedy 36-yard pass to Joshua Kennon (Kennedy pass good)  

B – Latravion Christor 35-pass to San’tavion Ball (Lebrandon Davis run)  

W- Kennedy 12-yard pass Brandon Henderson (pass fail)