Two upsets in one night made for some wild football for two Winter Park teams.
Winter Park confronted a new problem against the University Cougars on Sept. 21, running out of gas in front of the end zone. Quarterback Asiantii Woulard, who had shown athleticism in the run and the air, had no trouble racking up 204 yards of passes, but scoring was another issue in the 17-14 loss.
The Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) would only grab two touchdowns in the game after missing three fourth down conversion attempts and giving up a fumble to the Cougars.
The Cougars had given the Wildcats a chance in the second half. After scoring twice in the second quarter, University wouldn’t find the end zone again. With the score at 14-7 in University’s favor, the Wildcats turned over the ball on downs on University’s side of the field. Then they watched the Cougars make it a two-score game with a 22-yard field goal to push the gap to 17-7. A late touchdown by Woulard got the Wildcats close, but not close enough.
The frustrating loss was the second this season that the Wildcats have relinquished by a field goal or less.
Coming up at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, the Wildcats host Freedom (2-1), a team that’s shown the offensive promise that Winter Park has been looking for. Their back-to-back wins in Week 2 and 3 of the season combined for 69 points.
The Edgewater Eagles (1-3) shocked Oak Ridge on Sept. 21 with a 28-6 upset win, their first victory of the season after big losses.
Going into the game the Eagles were winless and the Pioneers undefeated in three games, with Oak Ridge coming off a 42-0 blowout of East River.
But in a wild swing of expectations the Pioneers’ explosive offense was stifled by an Edgewater defense that had allowed an average of 34 points per game this season.
The Eagles sacked the Pioneers four times while keeping Oak Ridge consistently pinned behind the 50-yard line. Meanwhile, Edgewater’s running workhorse John Altman went to work on the ground and quarterback J.B. Woodman took to the air for more than 120 yards.
After a week off, the Eagles will return to the field to host Winter Springs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The Bears are 1-2 this season.