Wilson faces Great Bridge (Photo: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Great Bridge rides key plays and solid defense to a 14-9 win
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
In a Monday night tilt scheduled because of the impact of Hurricane Dorian, Great Bridge came out victorious thanks to key plays and stout defense. Specifically, the Wildcats turned a kickoff return TD and a pick six into their points for the night while Woodrow Wilson struggled to score.
Wilson took a first quarter lead on a field goal only to have Great Bridge return man Rahim Deloatch take the ensuing kickoff back for 93 yards to take the lead at 7-3.
That score would stick until Kole Jones tacked on a fourth quarter pick six to make the score 14-3. Wilson scored a late touchdown to narrow their deficit, but couldn’t produce enough offense for the win.
“To be honest, the offense stunk but the defense won the football game. They scored the points. Wilson does some simple things on offense but very effective. Our defense rallied around… and stopped them enough times to get the win,” said Great Bridge head coach Brian Boerboom after the game. “(Two games into the season), as an offensive coach it’s frustrating, but it’s great to know that we have a great defense. To be able to do what they did tonight is reassuring. We just have some stuff to fix and find out who we are on offense.”
For Wilson (1-1), it’s a disappointing loss after an opening win against Lakeland.
For Great Bridge (1-1), the team gets a win going into their bye week. It’s good to have two weeks to bask in a win. The Wildcats will also spend almost two weeks game planning for their September 20 game at Western Branch, where they’ll face a Bruin team that didn’t win a game last year and only managed three points in their season opener against Churchland.
Coach Boerboom specifically emphasized that his team still needs to follow through on fundamentals and figure out the offense.
“The things we’ve been preached since day one showed up tonight, especially defensively. Offensively, we have to figure out who we are and what we can do. We’ll hone the play calling around that.”
FINAL: Great Bridge 14, Wilson 9
– Andy Hilton
Check out the video interview with Coach Boerboom and the highlights from the game in the video window above, thanks to recruit757 video correspondent Antowyne Shaw.