Ocean City Today

Woodland leads Decatur football squad to victory

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 21, 2017
Source: SUBMITTED PHOTO The Bank of Ocean City sponsors the Stephen Decatur High School football team and following each game, a most valuable player is chosen. As part of its annual $500 pledge, the bank makes a donation to the Stephen Decatur High School Athletic Boosters in that player’s name. SDHS senior captain Tah’jeem Woodland rushed for 215 yards on seven carries, had five touchdowns and ran back a punt 65 yards for another touchdown, during the Sept. 15 game against Washington High School. Decatur won 49-14. Pictured, from left, are Caleb Miller from the Bank of Ocean City, Woodland and Coach Bob Knox.

(Sept. 22, 2017) Stephen Decatur senior captain Tah’jeem Woodland scored six times to lead the football team in its 49-14 victory over the Washington Jaguars in Princess Anne last Friday.

“He’s a fast kid and he takes advantage of his speed,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said. “We scored five touchdowns on plays where the offensive line didn’t block well, [but] we had some backs that saw [openings] and they were able to take advantage. [Woodland] was a back taking advantage.”

Woodland rushed seven times, racking up 215 yards and scoring five touchdowns. He also ran back a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. His six scores broke the school record for most touchdowns in a single game.

Senior Tony Mills recorded 42 yards on seven carries. He also scored a touchdown and was successful on a two-point conversion.

Senior captain Justin Manganiello rushed seven times for 52 yards, and added five tackles while playing defense. Senior Hayden Frazier carried the ball six times for 37 yards.

Junior Jhymir Blake made five tackles. Junior Sam Todd had five tackles and sacked the Washington quarterback once. Freshman Zion Shockley recorded three sacks.

“Believe it or not, we didn’t play nearly as well as we could have. There’s a lot of room for improvement,” Knox said. “The defense played well adjusting to their funky formation. We came out of it injury free and looking forward to taking on one of the best teams in the league.”

Decatur will host the Kent Island Buccaneers today, Friday, at 6 p.m.

“The offensive line will have to man-up this week if we want to have a chance to win the game, and I think we can,” Knox said. “We need to be discipline, we can’t make mental mistakes, we have to be physical and play from start to finish – from the opening kickoff to the end – and we have to take care of the ball.”

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