Woodmont football coach Jason Farmer said his team was looking for a “statement win” against a quality program, something that would give the Wildcats a confidence boost.
They found it right away. The Wildcats, who won only once a year ago in Farmer’s first season as coach and not until Week 9, won their opener Friday, defeating Wren 35-21.
“They’re walking around a little different in the halls today,” Farmer said Tuesday. “We’ve worked really hard in the weight room. We’ve got good senior leaders. We’ve gotten a whole lot bigger and stronger, and I knew that would help. But just getting out there and making enough plays to win a game was the last hurdle we had to cross, and we certainly did that Friday night.”
It wasn’t just that the Wildcats won. It was the manner in which they overcame the Hurricanes.
After Woodmont took a 14-0 lead, Wren came back to tie the score. The Wildcats made a couple of defensive stands and took a 21-14 lead into halftime.
“That was a hurdle we could not jump last year,” Farmer said. “When teams fought back, we backed up. This year we fought back. I’ve got 25 seniors on this team, and that leadership is key.”
Woodmont then scored twice within the first five minutes of the second half to take charge.
Farmer said the Wildcats watched the Wren film and then put the Hurricanes in the rearview mirror. Woodmont hosts Mauldin Friday. It’s been five years since the Wildcats began a season 2-0.
* At halftime of the Wren-Woodmont game, the press box at Whitt Memorial Field was officially named in honor of former Woodmont student-athlete, teacher, coach and athletic director Steve Candler.
Candler played football, basketball and baseball for the Wildcats and later served as a teacher, coach and AD at the school from 1980 through 2004. He coached football from 1980 through 1994, leading Woodmont to the Peach Blossom AAA Region title in 1985.
* Buoyed by its 53-0 rout of Class AA Blacksburg, St. Joseph’s (2-0) jumped five spots to No. 3 in Class A in this week’s South Carolina Prep Media Poll.
* Byrnes didn’t play this past week, but the Rebels (1-0) still climbed two spots to No. 16 in USA Today’s Super 25 rankings. The Rebels, No. 1 in Class AAAA, host Woodruff Friday.