Early Minden surge too much for Woodlawn

JOURNAL STAFF  

The winner of this Friday matchup had the opportunity to keep its playoff hopes alive, and the Minden Tide left Independence Stadium with a 43-20 win over Woodlawn. 

An early Woodlawn (3-7, 2-5 District 1-4A) score was wiped out by a penalty, and Minden took to the air from there to build an insurmountable lead.  

The Tide scored the game’s first 30 points helped by two of Cameron Mitchell’s three touchdowns. Mitchell started with a 19-yard catch from quarterback Jakobe Jackson before adding two scoring runs.  

“That was a turning point tonight,” said Woodlawn coach Thed Harris of the score eliminated by penalty, of which Woodlawn committed 12. “It’s tough to get this close to a playoff opportunity and fall short. But we weren’t in this position last year, so it’s something we can definitely learn from. But it doesn’t take the sting away.”  

Woodlawn entered the matchup sitting at No. 25 in the Division II Select bracket, one spot out of the 24-team playoff.  

Minden (4-6, 3-4 District 1-4A) had a higher mountain to climb at Division II Non-Select No. 33 to reach the 28-team postseason, and the win at least keep the Tide afloat momentarily as they attempt to make up nearly a full power rating point.  

The Tide finished the regular season with two wins against BTW and Woodlawn.  

Minden took to the ground to tune of 292 yards led by Daylen Robinson’s 143.  

Woodlawn quarterback Donovan Reliford provided two late touchdowns, a 5-yard pass to Josh Dotson and a 10-yard run.  

Brandon Henderson supplied Woodlawn’s first touchdown, a 5-yard run, late in the third quarter to put the Knights on the board. 

Minden 43, Woodlawn 20   

Score by quarters   

Minden | 8 | 22 | 6 | 7 | — 43   

Woodlawn | 0 | 0 | 8 | 12 | — 20 

Scoring summary   

M – Cameron Mitchell 19 pass from Jakobe Jackson (Jackson run)   

M – Daylen Robinson 40 run (Mitchell run)   

M – Jaylin Williams 42 pass from Jackson (Williams run)   

M – Mitchell 3 run (kick failed)   

W – Brandon Henderson 5 run (Henderson run)   

M – Robinson 1 run (kick failed)   

M – Mitchell 8 run (Bryson Ranger kick)   

W – Josh Dotson 5 pass from Donvon Reliford (run failed)   

W – Reliford 10 run (run failed)   

Individual leaders   

Rushing   

Minden – Robinson 20-143, Williams 3-49, Jackson 9-48, Mitchell 7-47.   

Woodlawn – Henderson 10-57, Quinton Wilson 10-46, Dotson 4-30, Reliford 12-25.   

Passing  

Minden – Jackson 3-4-1-111.  

Woodlawn – Reliford 13-25-0-122.   

Receiving   

Minden – Brian Swann 1-50, Williams 1-42, Mitchell 1-19.  

Woodlawn – Dotson 6-79, Henderson 3-29, Jackie King 3-10, Wilson 1-4.