The Woodmore football team has had somewhat of a successful season this year (4-6); surpassing the amount of wins they had from last year.
The Wildcats were looking to even out their record against Lake in the final game of the regular season, but the team was defeated by the Flyers at Lake Community Stadium, 63-42.
The team held its own against Northern Buckeye Conference rival Eastwood at home for this year’s Senior Night. The team played arguably their best game of the season, upsetting Eastwood 27-20. The win was Woodmore’s first against Eastwood since 2003.
“I couldn’t have thought of a better way to go out,” said senior Danny Munoz.
The team really did a great job this season on offense. The Wildcats scored 276 points on offense, but gave up 347.
“We moved the ball very well. We’ve also improved our overall speed on offense, which I believe has helped a lot,” said Coach Britton Devier.
The team improved on offense since the beginning of the season when turnovers plagued them in their loss against Port Clinton.
“We did a lot better job on the line since the start of the year, and I think that helped us be more successful running and passing,” said Munoz.
Key players throughout the season this year have been junior quarterback Jake Matwiejczyk, junior wide receiver Evan Ulinski, senior wide receiver Zach Brossia and senior lineman Danny Munoz.
Matwiejczyk completed 190 of 347 passes for 2,112 yards (54.8 percent) and 23 touchdowns and he also ran for 910 yards on 185 carries (4.9 per carry) and 11 touchdowns. He led the Wildcats in scoring with 67 points. Ulinski followed with 54 points.
Brossia caught 53 passes for 652 yards (12.3 per catch) and seven touchdowns, Ulinski had 43 receptions for 534 yards (12.4) and nine TDs, Coleton Bihn had 35 catches for 401 yards (11.5) and two TDs, Tony Rozzi had 23 catches for 167 yards (7.3) and three TDs, and Dan Sprinski had 19 catches for 143 yards (7.5).
On defense, Zach Sandwisch led the team with 52½ tackles, including 46 solo, 13 assists, two sacks for minus-9 yards and nine tackles for a loss for minus-41 yards to go along with a forced fumble and blocked punt.
Rozzi had 43½ tackles, including 37 tackles and 13 assists, a half of a sack for minus-10 yards, and nine tackles for a loss for minus-74 yards. Ulinski had 41 tackles, including 33 solo, 16 assists, 5½ for a loss for minus-11 yards and two interceptions.
Brossia had 38½ tackles, including 34 solo, nine assists, two sacks for minus-5 yards, 11½ for a loss amounting to minus-69 yards, and two forced fumbles. Sprinski (32 ½ tackles) also had two interceptions and Austin Ottney and Jeremy Cuevas each had one.
The team finished the season a bit banged up. Junior Erich Gruelich was out for the homecoming game but was expected to be back for Lake. Junior Alexis Medrano also missed a couple of games, including the game against Lake as well.
(Reprinted in part with permission from the October edition of Window To Woodmore, the school’s student newspaper with statistical contributions from The Press).