Day After Report: La Center 41, Woodland 6

When La Center played Woodland last year, Jackson Leslie blocked a punt that Jeffrey Mayolo returned for a touchdown.

The roles were reversed this year. Mayolo blocked the punt. Leslie scored the touchdown.

The outcome was also reversed from this year to last. La Center won 41-6 after losing last year’s rivalry game to Woodland.

Here are a few more details on Friday’s game as we go the extra mile to cover a game between teams separated by just six miles.

Unsung heroes

Woodland  – After carrying the ball once in the season opener, Levi Orem was thrust into a starting role at running back. Senior running back Tristan Thomas is likely out for the year with a broken collarbone suffered last week. In his place, Orem rushed for 62 yards on 12 carries.

La Center – The Wildcats’ pass rush was crucial to throwing Woodland’s offense off rhythm. While Jake Wise wreaked havoc off the edge, La Center coach John Lambert praised nose tackle Jack Hiller. “You’re looking for someone who pushes the pocket back,” Lambert said. “Jack got underneath. He put someone in the quarterback’s face on a lot of the plays. That’s very difficult for a quarterback.”

Stat of the game

26.0. That was the average gain each time La Center quarterback Jeremy Scott threw the ball. He only attempted four passes, but he completed three of them for 104 yards.

They said it

“The key was our line. We got a good push on them. Our goal was to hit them first and don’t let them come after us. We really got after them and opened up holes. I was just able to see my way through.” – La Center running back Jeffrey Mayolo, 198 yards on 16 carries.

“We get after the ball. That’s what we do. We hit hard.” – La Center linebacker Colton Dolezal.

“I think our preparation was critical. We came out with some energy. Last game we came out a little flat.” – La Center coach John Lambert.

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