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Woodrow Wilson explodes in 63-12 win over Philip Barbour

by Gary Fauber

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BECKLEY -- In a reversal of last week's season opener, Philip Barbour struggled to slow its opponent's offense, and the results were decisive.

Woodrow Wilson's offense racked up 362 yards of total offense, and the defense accounted for two touchdowns in a 63-12 win over Philip Barbour at Flying Eagle Stadium in Beckley.

Woodrow Wilson coach John Lilly was pleased with his team's performance after last week's 33-20 win over Oak Hill. He said Friday's performance was what the team needed heading into next week's big test at Spring Valley.

"I think we did a lot of good things," Lilly said. "We got a little better. We polished the machine a little bit. That was our goal, to try to prep and get ready for next week."

Philip Barbour (1-1), coming off a win over Liberty, had only one bright spot. Tailback Scott Mayle broke free of the Woodrow front line and raced for an 80-yard touchdown run to put the Colts within one at 7-6 with 1:06 left in the first quarter.

It was all downhill from there.

The Colts wound up losing three fumbles and had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown as the Flying Eagles flexed their defensive muscle. Add to that six Woodrow drives that began in Philip Barbour territory, and it made for a long night for the Colts.

"They were real good, and we made them look real good," said first-year coach Mike Michael. "We were our own worst enemy in the first half. We wanted to control the ball, but they were just too daggone quick for us.

"We gave them good field position and they blocked that punt and scored on it...they dictated that. I don't fault our effort. We played as well as we could."

Chase Maynard's five-yard return of Shaver Greer's blocked punt got Woodrow (2-0) on the board. Mayle's long TD run lit a fire under the Eagles, who scored on their three remaining drives of the first half. Brandon Valentine also had a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and set up a scoring drive with another fumble recovery.

Quarterback Steve Robinson finished 3-of-7 passing for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Both scores went to senior Nate Manns, covering 31 and 13 yards.

Manns also led the team in rushing with 84 yards on seven carries. He was close to reaching the end zone twice, but stepped out of bounds on the one and was dragged down at the one by Mayle on another.

"Mike (Ross) was playing sick tonight. Nate had to pick it up for us, and he did," Lilly said.

Ross finished with 63 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Tim Czekaj had 40 yards and a score, while reserves Brandon Gravely and Darius Law scored in the fourth quarter.

Mayle racked up 129 yards on nine carries. The Colts finished with 158 yards on total offense.

Philip Barbour visits Grafton next week.

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