COACH: Danny Dodson (14th season, 80-59)
2011: 10-1, 9-0 (1st); lost to Bayside in Eastern Region quarterfinals
LAST LOSING SEASON: 2007.
TOP RETURNEES: RB/CB Jay'Quan Lassiter (5-8/170/Jr.), WR/CB Quincy Jones (6-0/180/Sr.), RB/LB Tim Flood (5-9/200/Sr.), RB/SS Tyris Walker (5-10/180/Sr.), QB/SS Darius Howell (5-9/165/Jr.), G/DE Tyree Waldon (6-1/210/Sr.), OL/DL Terrance Jones (5-10/300/Jr.), RB/CB Donta Butler (6-1/175/Sr.), OL/DL Miles McConner (5-9/190/Sr.), TE/DE Evan Davis (6-1/210/Jr.).
Aug. 31: Menchville (W, 48-0), 7 p.m.
Sept. 6: at Maury (W, 38-8), 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Warwick (W, 28-21), 6
Sept. 21: Hampton (W, 31-24), 7
Sept. 27: at Heritage (W, 13-12), 6
Oct. 5: Kecoughtan (W, 16-15), 7
Oct. 13: Gloucester (W, 49-14), 1
Oct. 19: Phoebus (W, 14-9), 7
Oct. 26: at Denbigh (W, 39-0), 7
Nov. 1: Bethel (W, 30-20), 6
29.7 (6th)….……..PPG…...…...…….13.5 (2nd)
220.3 (1st)……… Rushing………….112.7 (4th)
71.7 (6th)..…... Passing………......100.6 (7th)
292.0 (2nd)…….Total……………..213.4 (4th)
It's never easy to replace a two-year starter at quarterback, especially the Peninsula District Player of the Year. Donnell Lewis totaled 135 ypg and was responsible for 14 TDs. More than numbers, he led the Wolverines to a 10-0 regular season that included three game-winning drives. Howell was his backup last season and is sort of in the same mold, at least as far as size and athleticism goes. Lassiter is the top returning rusher with 667 yards on 110 carries (6.1 ypc) with 8 TDs. Also back is Flood, who played one game last year before breaking his ankle. Walker (129 yards, 2 TDs) will also see some carries. Butler and Jones will split the wingback duties. Up front, Woodside was hit hard by graduation, but three starters are back. Waldon is moving from guard to center, Davis from tackle to tight end, and Jones from guard to tackle. A newcomer with a familiar surname is 280-pound freshman Shane Westfall, whose brother, Kyle, was a senior starter in 2011. Wesley Pierce (5-7/145/Jr.) and T.J. Thompson (5-10/155/Sr.) are the receivers. The cast will be different, but Dodson's scheme always brings trouble to opposing defenses.
Woodside loses three all-district players from last year — one on the line, one at linebacker, and one in the secondary. Up front, the Wolverines will rely on McConner and Blaine Daniels (5-10/200/Sr.) inside and a rotation of C.J. Towler (5-10/225/Sr.), Waldon and Davis on the ends. Having Flood back from his injury will be especially big on defense, where he returns at linebacker. Tremayne Clark (5-8/200/Sr.) and Sam Alvarez (5-9/175/So.) will be with him. In the secondary, Butler and Jones are the safeties with Jawaun Leach (5-9/155/Sr.) and Randy Allen (5-10/165/Jr.) the corners. As always, stopping the run will be huge against Peninsula District teams.
"Tim Flood could be really good on both sides of the ball. He was going to be one of our best defensive players last year. … Darius Howell has been doing a real good job for us. He throws it well and has a good handle on what we're trying to do. He can run the ball and he's very athletic. … The big thing is, we have a lot of depth. We feel like we have some guys who can do good things. … At this point, the line is doing a good job. I don't know about game situations for sure yet, but I think they'll do a good job. … I like the high expectations, but I don't want the players thinking about last year. That's over with and this is a brand new group. They've got to make a name for themselves. … I haven't quite figured this team out yet. I liked what they did offseason. They were very dedicated in strength and conditioning. I think they can be pretty good."