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Woodridge rebounds from loss, triumphs over Windham

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

Woodridge entered Week 4 after a frustrating loss to Chagrin Falls the previous week snapped a three-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs (3-1) entered the win column again with a thorough 62-6 win over visiting Windham, who dropped to 0-4.

“Our kids were coming off a tough loss at Chagrin Falls,” Woodridge sixth-year coach Eric Ervin said. “They were embarrassed. Our kids were fired up and ready to play. We were not trying to run up the score. We just kept running the ball and they weren’t able to tackle us.”

Woodridge led 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime.

Senior quarterback Anthony Westren threw three touchdown passes and senior Anthony Kelly scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one via a punt return.

Ervin, an Archbishop Hoban graduate, said senior receiver Brandyn Peters has made an impact after missing the first two weeks due to injury.

Peters has returned and averaged around 150 yards in each of the past two games. Peters has scored three touchdowns, two which came against Windham following a Westren pass.

Ervin has been impressed by the play of offensive linemen senior Brennan Owens, junior Jared Page, junior Randy Foster and senior Jeremy Robinson.

The Bulldogs defense held the Bombers to negative 56 yards rushing on 37 carries.

“Our defense has been very, very aggressive,” Ervin said. “They are playing well.”

Ervin said three linebackers – senior Cam Hilling, senior David Charles and junior Marcus Thompson – have really stuck out.

Additionally, Ervin said junior safety A.J. Graham, senior cornerback Zac Bickel and junior cornerbacks Josh Conner and Sebastian Dodds have been solid.

“Through four weeks, we had one loss to a very, very good Chagrin Falls that is a state ranked team,” Ervin said. “They have put it on everyone else, except us. We played them tough.

“For a team Woodridge team to play a with a team of that caliber is was unheard just a few short years ago. We have a disciplined team. The difference on this team is their focus. They don’t get distracted. They don’t want to come off the field. They don’t want to stop lifting. They love to play football.”

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