2021.10.15 Football: Woodgrove @ Potomac Falls

Sterling, VA (October 15, 2021) - The setup for this game was classic. The visiting Woodgrove Wolverines were 6-1 and on a three-game winning streak. The matchup with the Potomac Falls Panthers--sporting a modest 3-3 Region 5D record--would primarily be a tuneup for their huge upcoming game against the powerhouse, Broad Run Spartans.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

And the game started out just about the way it was expected. On their first drive, the Wolverines were put in a third-and-long situation, but Tony Cammarota broke off a 43-yard run to get Woodgrove inside the Potomac Falls twenty yard line. Moments later, CJ Schaeffer catches a touchdown pass, and just three minutes into the game, it’s 7-0 Woodgrove.

The Panthers first two possessions ended with turnovers on downs after being stifled by the Woodgrove defense. However, the Potomac Falls defense stopped both ensuing Woodgrove drives, too. But on the second one, kicker Kollin Samaha nailed a 45-yard field goal to make the score Woodgrove 10–0 as the first quarter ended.

Samaha's impact on the game was just beginning, but the second quarter was a complete reversal of the first. To start the period, Potomac Falls engineered a great drive from their own 20 that included two long passes from Matthew Graham to Jalen Jackson to set up a one-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Suddenly, it was 10-7 and the Panthers had captured the game's momentum.

Woodgrove failed to move the ball on their next possession, and when Potomac Falls got the ball back they put together another impressive drive aided by a huge pass interference call against the Wolverines. Steven Riveros ran the ball in for another Panther touchdown, and Potomac Falls suddenly had the halftime lead, 14-10. Relying on a potent passing game, Potomac Falls was now in position for the upset.

As freewheeling as the first half had been, the second half was more conservative and grinding. Both teams had solid drives, but neither would score a touchdown again.

But Woodgrove had Samaha, and he became the absolute difference in the game. With 4:41 left in the third period, he crushed a 30-yard field goal. And on the first play of the fourth quarter, he made one from 32 yards to give the Wolverines the lead again, 16-14. And that was all they would need.

Potomac Falls started their last drive from their own 30 and efficiently marched to the Woodgrove twenty yard line. With time running out they went for the winning field goal, but the kicked sailed wide left, and the home team's valiant effort fell just shy of an upset victory.

Final Score: Woodgrove 16 - Potomac Falls 14

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