TRI­UMPHANT RE­TURN TO TODD STA­DIUM

Land­stown knocks off Wood­side in home­com­ing for Tommy Rea­mon

Daily Press - - Sports - By Marty O’Brien Staff writer

NEWPORT NEWS — Land­stown made the trip back to Todd Sta­dium a happy one for its coach, Tommy Rea­mon. Pro­duc­ing just enough of­fense to sup­ple­ment a de­fense that played well all night, the No. 6-seeded Ea­gles beat No. 3 Wood­side 20-7 in the Re­gion 6A quar­ter­fi­nals.

“This is No. 4 on my list,” Rea­mon said of his fa­vorite mo­ments at Todd Sta­dium, which in­clude big games play­ing for Carver High in the 1960s, and big games coach­ing Fer­gu­son, War­wick, Gloucester and now Land­stown since the early 1990s. “God bless these kids, they wanted the op­por­tu­nity.”

The Ea­gles showed that from the start, con­trol­ling the ball much of the first half, then us­ing a big de­fen­sive play to take a 14-0 lead into the locker room at half­time. The Ea­gles (7-4) drove 63 yards on eight plays for a touch­down af­ter taking the open­ing kick­off.

Taeveon Lane was the Ea­gles’ run­ning back of choice for most of the drive, mov­ing the ball down­field with four car­ries good for 26 yards. Sopho­more Carl­ton Win­ston fin­ished the drive, mak­ing two nifty cuts on his 33-yard touch­down run that gave the Ea­gles (7-4) a 7-0 lead with 7:48 re­main­ing in

the first quar­ter.

Land­stown’s de­fense got off to a solid start as well, forc­ing Wolver­ines quar­ter­back Tyler Thomp­son into an in­com­ple­tion on fourth down on their first pos­ses­sion, then forc­ing them to punt on their sec­ond. They rode that mo­men­tum to a 54-yard touch­down drive.

Ea­gles quar­ter­back Chris Price led the way to that touch­down, com­plet­ing passes of 9 and 7 yards to Javil Painter, be­fore con­nect­ing with Win­ston for 26 yards. Forced to scram­ble on third down at the Wood­side 16, Price calmly lofted the ball to Brian Ped­er­son for a touch­down that pulled the Ea­gles ahead 14-0 with 4:07 left in the first half.

Aided by two Land­stown penal­ties of 15 yards each, and Bryce Phipps’ 12-yard run, the Wolver­ines quickly moved from their 35 to the Ea­gles’ 23 in a bid to cut the mar­gin be­fore half­time. But the drive ended for the Wolver­ines in the fi­nal sec­onds of the first half on fourth-and-3 at the Ea­gles’ 4, when Painter lim­ited She­mar Hol­land to just 2 yards on a re­cep­tion.

“That was tough,” Wood­side coach Danny Dod­son said. “I thought we had a good play called there, but our guy started to lose the ball and couldn’t get the ex­tra some­thing it took to get the first down.”

Rea­mon said, “That was crit­i­cal. It was a mo­men­tum changer.”

The Wolver­ines moved the ball bet­ter in the sec­ond half, but would whiff on two more drives in­side the Land­stown 10. On the sec­ond of those, the Wolver­ines had a third-and-goal at the Ea­gles’ 6 when Thomp­son threw a pass to Kahleef Jim­mer­son. The ball bounced off of Jim­mer­son’s feet and into the hands of Land­stown’s Luq­man Has­kett, who re­turned it 78 yards to the Wood­side 22.

That pretty much sealed it for Land­stown, which got a late 36-yard touch­down run from Win­ston, be­fore Wood­side (8-3) added a con­so­la­tion score on Thomp­son’s 32-yard touch­down pass to Ricky Key in the fi­nal minute.

“I thought we had a good sea­son,” said Dod­son, whose team was miss­ing two start­ing two-way line­men to in­juries. “The kids we had out there played their tails off, but (Land­stown) made it tough on us.”

Land­stown ad­vances to play peren­nial Class 6 state power Os­car Smith next week in the Re­gion 6A semi­fi­nals.

Land­stown’s Carl­ton Win­ston car­ries the ball for a first down Fri­day against Wood­side in a Re­gion 6A play­off quar­ter­fi­nal at Todd Sta­dium.

Wood­side's Tyler Thomp­son dives for short yardage on Fri­day. See more pho­tos at dai­ly­press.com/sports.

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