The Woodlawn Knights won the ground war against the Northwood Falcons 51-31 at Independence Stadium on Woodlawn’s homecoming Friday night.
Woodlawn won the battle on the back of Trivensky Mosley who put up four touchdowns and 227 yards.
“Trying to focus on my team offense, offensive line did a good job,” Mosley said.
Mosley was not the only player to cross the 100-yard threshold as quarterback Treveion Youngblood gained 103 yards for the Knights. Dawson Hill went over for 100 yards rushing for Northwood and Dandre James rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
“That’s who we are,’’ Woodlawn coach Jerwin Wilson said. “The offensive line set the tone for us. That’s how we anchor our offense. Wanna start the run early and often. Our offensive line created lanes for us.”
Northwood coach Jim Gatlin was not disappointed in his team, though.
“Really one of the better games that we played, we needed a break or two, we needed a fumble, or we needed a stop….in my stomach, I don’t feel that bad,’’ Gatlin said. “I thought we played well. We know we’ve got some growing pains defensively, but we’re going to figure it out and a few guys are really close to becoming good defensive ball players.”
The Knight set the tone of the second half by recovering an onside kick and eventually allowing Mosley to get his third touchdown of the night with an 18-yard run and opening the lead to 29-13.
Northwood’s James carried the ball for 35 yards to close the gap to 29-19. Woodlawn didn’t allow them to celebrate too long as it marched back down the field to give Corey Davidson a 5-yard run to take command of the game with a 35-19 lead.
Northwood came back with a blast down the field by Dawson Hill for 74 yards to narrow the lead to 35-25. The two teams combined for 227 rushing yards in the third quarter alone. The Knight closed out the homecoming night victory in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard touchdown from Youngblood and a fourth touchdown of the night from 45 yards from Mosley.
Northwood struck first in the game with a 26-yard pass from Peyton Bogan to Marquez Stevenson to take an early 6-0 lead.
The Knights took the lead as Youngblood connected with a 26-yard pass to Jordan Davidson to take a 7-6 advantage.
The Falcons showed that they also had a ground game as James ran for a 19-yard touchdown to take back the lead. Woodlawn then unleashed Mosley, who opened up the second quarter with a touchdown to tie the game.
Northwood took the ball back and fumbled on two consecutive plays, the second resulting in a turnover. Woodlawn took the momentum as it marched down the field and took advantage of a fourth down conversion for a 24 yard run by Youngblood. Mosley punched in a 3-yard run on the next play to keep the Knight momentum going. It looked as if Woodlawn was going to roll into the end zone on the last play of half, but Stevenson ended the half with an end zone interception. Woodlawn were carried on the back in the first half by Mosley who rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns.