BOSTON TWP. — The Cloverleaf football team could not slow down the potent Woodridge passing attack led by senior quarterback Mason Lydic, as the Bulldogs got out to an early lead and rolled to a 49-20 victory Friday.
Woodridge (5-1, 3-0) went right to work on the first drive of the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division game with a four-play, 58-yard march that was capped when Lydic hit wide receiver Elijah Arnett for a 39-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Woodridge recovered a fumble deep in Cloverleaf (1-5, 1-2) territory. On the next play, Bulldogs running back King Alcardon Sanders raced around the left edge for a 27-yard touchdown and Cloverleaf trailed 14-0 before its first offensive play.
“That makes it tough, especially against a team that’s this talented, this good and plays that disciplined,” Colts coach Justin Vorhies said.
Later in the first quarter, Sanders cut through the punt coverage team and weaved his way for a 78-yard touchdown to give Woodridge a 21-0 lead.
The Colts then got the offense going, as sophomore quarterback Brody Stallings guided a 68-yard touchdown drive. Stallings threw a dart to senior Travis Hissom on his first pass for a 44-yard chunk that put the Colts in the red zone, then capped the drive with a 2-yard plunge to cut the score to 21-7.
The Bulldogs responded with Lydic’s second connection with Arnett, this time a 62-yard bomb. The pass also made Lydic the school’s career passing yards leader.
“That doesn’t happen unless I’ve got great players by my side for the last three years,” Lydic said. “I’ve been lucky to have great receivers, a great offensive line and a defense that gets us the ball back.”
Lydic threw his third touchdown when he found junior Kyle Kelleher for a 37-yard score on the first play of the second quarter. Lydic ended 10-for-12 for 256 yards.
The Bulldogs expanded their lead to 42-7 at halftime on a 4-yard touchdown run by senior Robert Singletary Jr. Woodridge looked poised to add to its lead again with just over a minute left, but Colts senior Zack Munchick blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt by Tanner Laughorn.
“Zack comes off the edge hard every time, whether it’s a field goal or a point after touchdown try,” Vorhies said.
Cloverleaf regrouped at halftime, as Stallings blazed through the defense for a 46-yard touchdown scamper to cut the deficit to 42-14. Stallings ended the night as the leading rusher with 120 yards on 15 carries to go with 7-for-14 passing for 101 yards.
“I don’t feel like we started like the team we’ve been for the past three weeks,” Vorhies said. “They played hard, but we didn’t have the mental confidence that we had the last three weeks.”
The Colts ended the scoring on a 10-yard run by senior running back Al Kozma.
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CLOVERLEAF 7 0 7 6 — 20
WOODRIDGE 28 14 7 0 — 49
W — Elijah Arnett 39 pass from Mason Lydic (Tanner Laughorn kick), 11:06.
W — King Alcardon Sanders 27 run (Laughorn kick), 10:54.
W — Sanders 78 punt return (Laughorn kick), 2:57.
C — Brody Stallings 2 run (Logan Tierney kick), 1:32.
W — Arnett 62 pass from Lydic (Laughorn kick), 0:05.
W — Kyle Kelleher 37 pass from Lydic (Laughorn kick), 11:52.
W — Robert Singletary Jr. 4 run (Laughorn kick), 7:24.
C — Stallings 46 run (Tierney kick), 10:34.
W — Singletary 2 run (Laughorn kick), 6:46.
C — Alex Kozma 10 run (kick blocked), 6:51.