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Wren takes care of Woodmont

Posted Friday, October 07, 2011 by Sidney McClain

— — Like a bottle rocket with an extra-long fuse, it was simply a matter of time before the fireworks started for Wren at Whitt Memorial Field Friday night.

After playing Woodmont to a standstill for most of the first quarter, the Golden Hurricanes exploded for 21 points in three minutes on the way to a 52-6 win over the homestanding Wildcats.

“You have to give them credit early on in the game,” Wren (6-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 1-AAAA) coach Jeff Tate said of Woodmont afterwards. “We had to make a couple of adjustments, and our kids did.”

Woodmont (1-6, 0-3) sacked Wren quarterback Caleb McClain three times in the first quarter. The Hurricanes settled down for a 14-play, 72-yard drive capped by a 4-yard McClain touchdown run with 37.8 second left in the quarter.

Then the pyrotechnics began.

Wren attempted what Tate called a “bubble” kickoff, and Adam House recovered at the Woodmont 34-yard line. On the next play, McClain rolled to his left and found Jonathan Anderson with a touchdown pass.

Following a Woodmont three-and-out, the Hurricanes launched a five-play, 59-yard drive consummated by a 1-yard Ferron Jones scoring plunge with 9:01 left in the half.

“I thought we played a really good game offensively and on special teams,” Tate said.

The Hurricanes added touchdown runs by Shaun Bufford and Jones and took a 35-0 lead into halftime.

“We’ve got to learn to deal with adversity,” said Woodmont coach Chad Dockery.

The lessons were available on and off the field. The Wildcats hung the No. 87 jersey of alumnus Lamar Jack on the sideline. Jack, 19, died Tuesday, four days after collapsing during a workout for the Anderson University basketball team.

There was also a pregame moment of silence in honor of Jack, who briefly played football at Woodmont in between two seasons as a star basketball player.

“There’s no manual on how to deal with that,” Dockery said. “It’s been a tough week for the Woodmont community, especially because he was such a great kid.”

The second half for Wren included a 30-yard House interception return for a touchdown, a 51-yard touchdown pass from McClain to Jordan Caldwell and a 35-yard Anderson field goal.

The Wildcats avoided the shutout with an eight-play, 52-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Austin Surratt connected with Hakim Frazier on a 13-yard pass for the score.

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