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Woodridge wins with offense, defense and coaching

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

The Woodridge football team is one of the hottest teams in the area with a 6-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the Portage Trail Conference County Division. The Bulldogs secured home wins against Mogadore (52-7) and Garrettsville (42-0) the past two weeks.

I put together a story for the Akron Beacon Journal for this past Thursday’s sports section. Here are some additional comments that were left out of the story:

Woodridge coach Eric Ervin on the win versus Garrettsville after the score was tied 0-0 after the first quarter:

“I think one of the biggest positives to come out of last week's game was the fact that we faced some early adversity against a very good Garrettsville team and our players responded to that in a very positive way.”

Ervin on the players that stood out in last week’s win:

“I think a couple of guys that stood out in the game were the guys that really gave us a spark to get things going. Our first touchdown came off of senior defensive back Zach Bickel’s hit on their running back. He forced the fumble and senior defensive lineman Brennan Owens picked it up and rumbled in for the score. On the ensuing kickoff, junior wide recever/defensive back AJ Graham came down the field and laid a huge hit on the kick returner that forced the fumble and junior defensive back Sebastian Dodds picked it up and ran it in for the score. Those two touchdowns in a matter of seconds really changed the game.”

Ervin’s assessment on Week 8 opponent Rootstown (4-3, 2-2):

“Rootstown is another conference team that is on the way up. They have had a lot of success this year and they are going to be another big test for our team.”

Ervin on his team’s depth:

“This is the first time since I have been here that we haven't started an underclassmen, and we have never had that before.”

Senior middle linebacker Cameron Hilling on the crowd support at Woodridge:

“The student section is just crazy. There is about 10 guys that are wrestlers that are not on the football team, but they take pride in leading the student section. It's kind of a small community, but the support has been crazy and we are very close.”

Senior quarterback Anthony Westren on the crowd support at Woodridge:

“I have never seen crowds like these before at our games. Both sides of the stands are completely full. There is not even enough stands for the people. There are people standing along the sides to watch the games.”

Westren on the parties at Hilling’s parents house that feature food and Gatorade:

“I think it's really great our parents come and have fun with us. It's a nice safe place where you know kids are not going to get in trouble.”

Westren on the playoffs:

“We kind of control our own destiny. We can't overlook teams and look ahead. The (computer) numbers after week 10 actually mean something.”

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