Woosley 102 of 125 for 26 TDs since falling to Bulldogs
Jacob Woosley says it’s the system that’s led to his success at Trinity High School this season, but the senior quarterback is doing his part to make the system work.
Woosley continued his efficient ways Friday, completing 21 of 26 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns as the Shamrocks whipped rival St. Xavier 34-7 in the second round of the Class 6-A playoffs at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
In eight games since a 42-13 loss at Male on Sept. 11, Woosley has completed 81.6 percent of his passes (102 of 125) and thrown for 26 touchdowns. He threw one interception Friday, just his second since the Male loss.
“It’s mostly the system,” Woosley said. “When we can throw short screens all day with our offensive line and receivers blocking, it makes my job a lot easier.”
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Trinity coach Bob Beatty admitted Woosley deserves some credit.
“He’s a sponge and very, very coachable,” Beatty said. “He does an outstanding job of executing our offense.”
Trinity (11-1) – No. 2 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings – ran its winning streak to eight and set up a highly anticipated showdown at No. 1 Male (12-0) in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. Class 6-A, Region Two final. Male defeated Manual 36-0 on Friday.
Beatty said his team “has our work cut out for us” but is looking forward to a second chance against the Bulldogs.
“It was not us the last time we played them,” Beatty said. “It was one of those nights we did not play well.”
Trinity played well enough Friday, thanks to Woosley and top receivers Rodjay Burns (seven catches, 118 yards) and Dalton Jones (seven catches, 56 yards). Burns and Jones both had two touchdown receptions.
No. 5 St. X (7-5) managed just 131 yards of offense, including 58 rushing yards on 28 carries (2.1 yards per carry). Quarterback Desmond Ridder was 13 of 23 for 73 yards, threw two interceptions and was sacked five times as the Tigers were ousted from the playoffs by Trinity for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
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“We know he’s a dual-threat quarterback and we’d have to put pressure on him early and get in his face a little bit and let our corners cover their receivers,” said Trinity linebacker Damon Lowe, who had one sack. “Everybody did their job. Their running game didn’t affect us too much.”
Trinity’s first drive of the game ended with Woosley getting picked off by Patrick Ritter, but the Tigers couldn’t take advantage of the turnover.
On first down, St. X gave the ball right back when Zyan Bethel picked off Ridder. Three plays later Woosley hit Jones for a 12-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter.
Wolford said Ridder’s first interception was just one example of being “outcoached” Friday.
“That probably wasn’t the best coaching decision to come right back out and throw it and give them a shot at it, which we did,” Wolford said. “I can certainly do a better job on my end.”
Down 13-0 at halftime, St. X seemed to gain some momentum by forcing a three-and-out on Trinity’s first possession of the third quarter.
But Ridder threw his second interception on the Tigers’ ensuing drive, getting picked off by Fadell Sydnor. Three plays later Jailen Reed carried 13 yards around right end to give the Shamrocks a 20-0 lead.
Woosley threw touchdown passes to Burns on Trinity’s next two possessions, the second one give Trinity a 34-0 bulge with 1:05 left in the third quarter.
“St. X doesn’t do a whole of scheming,” said Woosley, who was able to make several completions after keeping plays alive by scrambling. “They try to play you up front and beat you with their athletes. I knew I’d have enough time for my reads and my offensive line would give me enough time.”
The only blemish for Trinity was Ridder’s 19-yard touchdown run with 1:45 remaining, keeping the Shamrocks from recording their fourth straight shutout.
“I felt like we played 48 minutes tonight,” Beatty said. “It was an outstanding effort. … That defense has disrupted a lot of people throughout the year, but I know our defensive coordinator is upset about that last score.”
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ST. XAVIER 0 0 0 7 – 7
TRINITY 0 13 21 0 – 34
T – Dalton Jones 12 pass from Jacob Woosley (Jay Nunamaker kick); T – Jones 6 pass from Woosley (kick failed); T – Jailen Reed 13 run (Nunamaker kick); T – Rodjay Burns 21 pass from Woosley (Nunamaker kick); T – Burns 12 pass from Woosley (Nunamaker kick); SX – Desmond Ridder 19 run (Sam McDonogh kick).
First downs 11 19
Total yards 131 340
Rushes-yards 28-58 29-98
Comp-Att-Int 13-26-2 21-26-1
Passing yards 73 242
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-avg 5-31.8 3-30.7
Penalties-yards 3-21 8-77