ROSWELL 22, WOODSTOCK 19

Hornets still in playoff chase following win over Wolverines

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ROSWELL, Ga. – Despite two blocked punts, one of which resulted in a safety, Roswell stayed alive in a wide open Region 5-AAAAAA playoff chase, defeating Woodstock 22-19 last Friday night, Oct. 18.

The Hornets trailed 10-8 at the half, scoring on a 37-yard pass from James Whitaker to Kendall Smith and the first of the team’s two successful two-point conversions.

Mechane Slade, who ran for one of the Hornets’ two-pointers, put the Hornets ahead in the third quarter, capping a 15-play, 80-yard drive. James Whitaker extended Roswell’s lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Colin McCauley after an interception.

The Hornets, who had a fourth quarter touchdown nullified by a penalty, saw their lead cut to three points when the Wolverines returned an interception for a touchdown.

Slade carried 10 times for 89 yards, and Sheldon Evans added 66 yards rushing for the Hornets (2-2, 4-3). Whitaker passed for 145 yards.

The Roswell defense played well against the Wolverines (1-3, 2-5), who averaged 37 points in their first three region games, allowing just one touchdown.

Roswell plays Friday night at Cherokee (2-2, 4-3), with the Hornets closing out their season with games against region co-leaders Lassiter and Walton. Cherokee is coming off an upset win over previously unbeaten Etowah.