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Wildcats Lose Finale After Making Comeback

posted Oct 28, 2016, 7:38 PM by Steve Barr   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 7:58 PM ]
10/28/16 - The Woodmore football team couldn't have done much more in its season finale at Fostoria coming back from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter only to lose a 35-34 decision.  Fostoria jumped out to a 14-0 lead with 4:59 left in the second quarter only to see the Wildcats come back to tie it early in the second half.  Woodmore made it 14-7 at halftime on a pass from junior quarterback Donovan Reyes to senior JT Atkin for 34 yards with 1:47 left in the first half.  Woodmore then took the second half kickoff right down to score, a Reyes to Atkin 35-yard pass play, and teams were tied at 14 with 9:57 left in the third quarter.  The offenses ruled the rest of the game.  Fostoria scored with 5:17 left in the third quarter and with 9:35 left in the game to take what looked like it might be an insurmountable 28-14 lead.  But, Woodmore scored with 7:27 left, on a 10-yard Reyes to Beachler pass, but Fostoria scored on its next offensive play to make the lead 14 points (35-21) again with 7:16. left.  Reyes and Atkin hooked up again on a 57-yard pass play to make it 35-28 with 5:24 left.  Fostoria picked up a couple first downs on its next series but the Wildcats took over on downs with just over two minutes left on its own 35-yard line.  It took the Wildcats just over one minute to find paydirt on a Reyes to senior Mason Beachler 20-yard pass with 1:09 to play bringing the Wildcats to within one point.  On the first Woodmore play of the final drive, senior DJ Wellons, the Wildcat kicker, was hurt trying to make a pass reception.  With Wellons out injured, the Wildcats opted to go for two points after the Beachler touchdown pass and the play failed.  The onside kick went out of bounds and Fostoria ran out the final seconds to collect the win.  Fostoria had a 456-397 in total offense and a 23-13 edge in first downs.  Fostoria had a 154-75 edge in rushing yards while Woodmore passed for 322 yards and Fostoria 302.  Reyes was 15-of-26 passing for 313 yards and the five touchdowns.  Wellons, before he got hurt late in the game, had 11 rushes for 84 yards and caught two passes for 84 yards.  Atkin caught seven passes for 150 yards and Beachler had four receptions for 61 yards.  Neither team had a turnover in the game.  The five touchdown passes by Reyes ties the school record set by Jake Matwiejczyk in 2013 in a game against Fostoria.