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Woodside starts strong but can't finish in football opener

 

There's a lot to like about Woodside's football team; it's just that there aren't enough of them.

After a first half in which they dominated on defense and put together one great drive on offense, the Wildcats then fell apart, mostly due to fatigue. Visiting Capuchino scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 26-13 win in a non-league opener for both teams on Friday night.

"We're green and we're light on numbers," said Woodside head coach Justin Andrews, who had only 23 players suit up for the game. "Tonight it was injuries. We need people back. And we need some of those fresh faces who are here to mature."

Case in point: Quarterback Joseph King. The ultra-talented junior (who is also a standout pitcher on the baseball team) looked fantastic at times. He ran for 101 yards and passed for 98 with one touchdown.

But at other times he looked impatient, and his coach said he needs to dial it down from an 11 to an 8 (our words).

"Joseph plays well when things break down," Andrews said. "His scrambles kept us in the game. But he also needs to develop consistency."

An example of how good King can be came on the first play of the game, when he took a keeper 49 yards to set up his team's first TD. The play conjured comparisons with former Woodside great -- dare we say it? -- Julian Edleman.

But Woodside could sustain little else on offense, and the Mustangs won the battle of the lines in the second half. Rugged fullback Jean Paul Kefu had 75 yards on only four carries -- three of them for touchdowns.

Woodside was led by King and receiver Luis Robles (four catches for 52 yards), and on defense by lineman Christian Ochoa (two sacks, nine tackles) and linebacker Bryan Ledesma.

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