September 18, 2008
Woodland is a playmaker
If you like mud, fumbles, high winds and a monsoon that made the Brazilian rainforest jealous, then this past Saturday's game between Orchard Lake St. Mary's and Flint Southwestern was for you. The game featured nine fumbles and a plethora of slips and spills, with Orchard Lake St. Mary's splashing away with a victory 35-0, including a running clock for most of the 2nd half.
ChippewaCountry.com was there to cover verbal commitment WR Rodney Woodland. Woodland, despite his limited touches, still made an impact on the game.
All in all, Orchard Lake St. Mary's quarterback and 2010 prospect Robert Bolden only attempted four passes, going 1-4. Woodland was on the receiving end of a two point conversion, perhaps the highlight of the Orchard Lake passing attack for the day. Woodland also added about 20 yards on the ground with a few jet sweeps and playing on special teams, Woodland also added a tackle.
In the second half, he came in at safety and collected two tackles and an impressive leaping interception off Flint Southwestern quarterback Cameron Stover. Although he is being looked at as a WR at the next level, Woodland showed his willingness to make hits and impact the game on the other side of the ball for a defense that dominated the game for the most part.
"I thought we played pretty well, but we need to cut out the fumbles" added Woodland.
All things considered, it was an impressive performance for the Eaglets, as they will probably need to lean on the speedy Woodland even more with TE Dion Sims out for what could be the season.
Look for more big plays and better playing conditions in the next two weeks when Orchard Lake St. Mary's plays De La Salle and Birmingham Brother Rice (With CMU prospect Shamari Benton).
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