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Woodbridge High School

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Woodbridge High School

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1 year ago

Boys Varsity Football vs. Stonewall Jackson HS

Game Date
Aug 26, 2016


Woodbridge holds off Stonewall Jackson with TD pass in final minutes

·         Ryan Sonner

·          David Fawcett


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MANASSAS – Ousmane Barry’s final numbers don’t reflect those of your typical winning quarterback, but the Woodbridge senior, filling in for the injured Antevious Jackson, carried the load in the second half as the Vikings kicked off the 2016 season with a 35-28 win at Stonewall Jackson on Friday night.

Barry completed only 1-of-8 passes, but his final throw of the night, a swing pass to tailback Caleb Grant, turned into a 67-yard touchdown with a little more than 5 minutes to go in the game. The Raiders added a score two minutes later, but the Woodbridge defense was able to seal the win.

“I was ready, but I still had the jitters,” Barry said. “I wasn’t getting too many reps in practice. I was just trying to get down the field. My coaches told me to calm down, that the players were behind me, and they helped get us this win.”

Barry, who took over for Jackson after the signal caller injured his knee late in the first half, helped Woodbridge settle down in the second half by establishing a consistent running attack. Barry finished with 13 carries for just 36 yards, but the tone was set, and with the temperatures in the high 90s at kickoff, the Raiders defense just couldn’t keep up.

 “My arm wasn’t really there besides the screen,” Barry said. “We ran it down their throat, and it worked out really well.”

Woodbridge head coach Gary Wortham said Jackson’s MCL injury isn’t much of a concern and he should be available for next week’s game.

“We can get him braced up and he’ll be straight,” Wortham said.

Grant, making his varsity debut, shined. The 5-foot-7, 170-pounder rushed 10 times for 76 yards and caught two passes for another 77 yards, including the fourth-quarter score that saw him easily outrace the Raiders defense.

“I knew that once I got him the ball, run or pass, he’s can get the touchdown,” Barry said of Grant. “He’s got to be the fastest player on the team.”

The Woodbridge defense, led by a ferocious front line, produced nine sacks, including three on Stonewall Jackson quarterback Devante Smith on the final drive.

The Vikings held Stonewall to 18 yards of total offense in the first half and 165 overall. Despite being constantly harassed, Smith kept the Raiders in the game throughout the second half. His 41-yard run on 4th and 1 pulled Stonewall within seven at 35-28 with 3:11 to play. The Raiders’ Jerome Wallace recovered the ensuing onside kick, but Smith was under duress the entire final series.

“We want to wrap you up on first contact and seal the deal right there,” Wortham said.

Smith, the dual threat senior who has committed to Virginia Tech, rushed 23 times for just 36 yards and passed for another 85 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brown on the second play of the game.

“Devante is the man,” Stonewall Jackson coach Darryl Robinson said. “And that’s why we designed our offense to go through him.”

“The guys played their hearts out and they played together. They could’ve packed it in. We scored 28 points. We didn’t do that one time last year. We played well, and we played until the end. We saw the highs and lows of the game. We just came up a little short. We’ll be better for it.”

It was often easy to tell this was the first game of the season. The officials threw 31 flags for a total of 251 penalty yards. Stonewall Jackson was whistled for 16 of those penalties while Woodbridge tallied 15. At one point in the second half, the Raiders had as many penalties as points.

“Some of those things, I need to go back and look at the rulebook,” Robinson said with a chuckle.

Added Wortham: “We just have to learn from it. It’s all just part of the game.”

Woodbridge defensive back Deshaun Jerkins, a four-star recruit with four Division I scholarship offers, was never really tested on defense, and also added a 91-yard scoring reception late in the second quarter to put the Vikings up 14-8.

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