Day After Report: Woodland 28, La Center 26
This report from Micah Rice …
WOODLAND 28, LA CENTER 26
A two-point contest in a rivalry game. Oh, and a new stadium, too. That’s quite an atmosphere.
There were stars on the field. But the real star was the field itself.
Woodland played its first game at Beaver Stadium, the sparkling facility on the campus of the new Woodland High School.
Fans began arriving more than one hour before kickoff. At the 7 p.m. start, most of the grandstand’s 1,600 seats were full.
The scene was beautiful as the sun set behind distant hills to the west. The only hiccup was a malfunction with the women’s restroom, which required fans to use facilities inside the high school.
Plenty of firsts:
- Woodland’s Tristan Thomas had the first touchdown, a 2-yard run less than five minutes into the game.
- Woodland’s Wyatt Harsh had the first touchdown pass, a 32-yard strike on 3rd-and-19 late in the first quarter.
- Woodland’s Tyler Flanagan forced the first turnover when he intercepted La Center’s Jeremy Scott in the end zone early in the second quarter.
- La Center had the first blocked punt, which Jeffery Mayolo returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
- And most importantly for Woodland, the Beavers earned the first win in the stadium.