WOODLAND — If it works, why change it?
Woodland needed a balanced attack to upset Mark Morris last week, but used a punishing ground game — no more, no less — to pound R.A. Long 42-14 in a Greater St. Helens 2A League football game on Friday.
"Coach said if the run game works, then we'll just stick to that," Woodland quarterback Adam Shoup said. "Why take a risk throwing it? I was completely fine with that. We'll run it until we can't run it."
Woodland (3-3, 2-0 in league) rushed for 318 yards, right into sole possession of first place in the GSHL 2A.
The Jacks (1-5, 0-2) suffered their fourth consecutive loss.
"We could have thrown the ball to our wide receivers like we did last week, but we felt like we were dominating up front, so why not keep running the ball?" Woodland coach Mark Greenleaf said. "Last week, we had to spread it out a little more because we felt like we needed to. We mixed it up more. Here, we felt like we could power it a little bit better after looking at film, and we were right."
Cy Whitmire was unstoppable in the first half, running like a bulldozer at times, spinning in the open field at others, always reading the holes the Woodland offensive line created against RAL's overmatched defensive front.
"Our line just dominated the whole night. We had a good push and good downfield blocking with the running backs in front of me," Whitmire said. "We wanted to be balanced on offense. But we came out and our run was working, so we stuck with it."
Whitmire ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half.
"They just pounded it down our throat and we had no answer," RAL coach Erik Bertram said. "That (shows) no fire to me, when a team runs it down your throat the whole first half."
When Cy Whitmire wasn't getting the ball, his brother Eli or fullback Zach Falk helped the rushing attack. Cy Whitmire only ran the ball twice in the second half and finished with 196 yards.
Eli Whitmire had 75 rushing with a touchdown and Falk added 54.
"We ended up just doing some power game, which we didn't show last week and maybe surprised them a little bit," Greenleaf said. "I think we were a lot more explosive than they were off the line. We used the Whitmire tandem and Zach Falk. We were able to do what we wanted up front."
Woodland set the precedent early that if the Lumberjacks couldn't stop the run, the Beavers were going to keep running. Whitmire gained 44 yards on three carries before taking the Beavers' opening drive into the end zone from 10 yards out.
After RAL went 3-and-out on its opening drive, Eli Whitmire sped to paydirt with a 30-yard TD run. The Beavers were quickly up 14-0.
Cy Whitmire scored on a 43-yard run early in the second quarter as he bounced it to the outside and stretched the ball across the goal line with a dive to push the Beavers lead to 21-0.
"The offensive line got out and made holes. They made it easy for Cy to make cuts and read holes," Shoup said.
Woodland recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Cy Whitmire scored two plays later on a 1-yard plunge as the onslaught was on.
While the Woodland offense clicked in every facet of the run game, RAL's offense looked completely inept. On the Jacks first three possessions, they moved the ball 11 yards, had to punt twice and turned the ball over on downs once.
The Beaver defense held the Jacks to 12 yards rushing in the first half.
The best drive the Jacks had in the first half was aided by two 15-yard penalties against Woodland. RAL moved the ball from its 26 to the Beaver 35, but bogged down. A big stick by Eli Whitmire forced an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs.
Woodland added two more scores in the first half to go ahead 42-0.
The Beavers wore pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness month and dedicated the game to Tonya Hendrix, who passed away from breast cancer in 2008. Tonya's son, Kyle Hendrix, caught an 11-yard TD pass from Shoup with 5:18 left in the first half.
Shoup passed for 198 yards last week against Mark Morris. On Friday, Shoup, who passed for 198 yards against Mark Morris, was 3-for-3 passing for 24 yards and the touchdown.
Woodland's Zach Lacey sacked RAL quarterback Ryan Peerboom and caused a fumble. The ball rolled into the end zone and Erik Birnel recovered for a score just before half.
"It was over after half. It's hard for another team to come out and play hard when they are ahead 42-0," Bertram said. "We did a few nice things, which is great, but doesn't really count when the game is over."
RAL scored twice in the second half against Woodland reserves, with Peerboom throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Trey Solon and a 10-yard scoring strike to Jason Doane.
Peerboom was sacked three times. He finished 17-for-33 passing for 154 yards. Jacob Yordy rushed for 74 yards for the Jacks and Eric Rosellini had 65 yards receiving.
"I was a little nervous and hesitant that we would come in with our heads too high. But I thought we kept our composure and played a really good game," Shoup said. "We stayed really focused in the first half. This win really solidified that we're a good team."
Beavers 42, Lumberjacks 14
R.A. Long 0 0 7 7 - 14
Woodland 14 28 0 0 - 42
W - Cy Whitmire 10 run (kick failed)
W - Eli Whitmire 30 run (Cy Whitmire run)
W - Cy Whitmire 43 run (Malthe Barrett kick)
W - Cy Whitmire 1 run (Barrett kick)
W - Kyle Hendrix 11 pass from Adam Shoup (Barrett kick)
W - Erik Birnel fumble recovery in end zone (Barrett kick)
RAL - Trey Solon 20 pass from Ryan Peerboom (Juan Vasquez kick)
RAL - Jason Doane 10 pass from Peerboom (Vasquez kick)