NEWPORT NEWS—Give Aaron Evans credit: he sure knows how to go out in style.
Woodside's senior quarterback put on a show in Friday night's regular-season finale against Heritage at Todd Stadium, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for 121 yards in the first half of the Wolverines' 48-0 win.
"I was thinking of the mark before the game," Evans said. "The coaches and my teammates were trying to get me not to think about it, just focus on winning, but it was in my head a little bit."
Evans eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with a 28-yard scamper in the second quarter, making him the second quarterback in Peninsula District history to throw and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Ray Harris of Gloucester is the only other player to do it.
"Special's the only word I can think of," Evans said.
Evans' first touchdown pass came in the opening minutes, when he found Jarrell Cooper for a 40-yard strike in the third play of the game. Venson Jones gave the Wolverines (9-1, 8-1 district) their second score on their next drive, channeling his inner William "Refrigerator" Perry on a 1-yard scoring run.
"We just try to do what we do," Woodside coach Danny Dodson said. "Getting our momentum up early was key, and once we got going, it felt at times like we weren't going to be stopped."
Woodside scored on all six of its first-half drives, including an 18-yard touchdown run from Evans in the first quarter, and a trio of 5-yard scores in the second quarter. Evans hooked up with Keon Crockett and Brandon Burton for touchdown passes, sandwiched between a 5-yard touchdown run from Marquis Frazier.
In all, Evans ran for 121 yards on nine carries, while also going 5-for-5 in the air for 71 yards and three scores. Woodside had 14 first downs in the first half, while holding Heritage (1-9, 1-8) to just one first down and 37 yards of total offense in that 24-minute span.
"When we started running," Evans said, "I saw (Heritage) started creeping up on defense, which opened up the passing game for us."
Woodside, which has clinched its first nine-win season, will play host to Maury in the Eastern Region playoffs next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Todd Stadium.
"We had a chance to win nine games in 2002," Dodson said. "It's really special that we got that mark, and it's even more special that we can stay at home for our first playoff game."
WOODSIDE 48, HERITAGE 0
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Woo: V. Jones 1 run (Bradley kick)
Woo: Evans 18 run (Bradley kick)
Woo: Crockett 5 pass from Evans (Bradley kick)
Woo: Frazier 5 run (Bradley kick)
Woo: Burton 5 pass from Evans (Bradley kick)
Woo: Solomon fumble recovery in end zone (kick blocked)