Fetner not enough to carry Woodland against Lineville
by Jared Gravett, Star Sports Correspondent
Oct 02, 2010 | 2080 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LINEVILLE — Woodland quarterback Trey Fetner carried his teammates on Friday night, literally and figuratively.

After running back Joshua Heard went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, Fetner threw him over his shoulder and carried him to the sideline.

On the field, Fetner accounted for 328 of the Bobcats’ 360 total yards, but it wasn’t enough to beat Lineville, who squeaked out a 27-21 win to remain unbeaten in Class 2A, Region 5 play.

When asked how tough it was to stop Fetner, Lineville coach Steve Giddens simply said, “We didn’t.”

The Bobcats moved the ball with ease in the first half, but three costly turnovers prevented them from putting points on the board.

On its first possession, Woodland drove the ball down the Aggie 33-yard line, but Randall Brown sacked Fetner, forcing a fumble that Lineville recovered at the Bobcats’ 48-yard line.

On Woodland’s third possession of the game, Fetner hit William Brown for a 9-yard completion to the Aggies’ 38, but Brown put the ball on the ground and Lineville recovered once again.

Fetner’s next pass would be intercepted by Demetrius Lindsey after the ball was tipped.

“If you talk about the differences in the game, we moved the ball better than they did in the first half,” Woodland coach Larry Strain said. “We just committed some turnovers that were costly for us.”

Lineville’s only real chance to score in the first half came late in the second quarter. The Aggies drove the ball to the 3-yard line, but Fetner picked Lindsey off in the end zone, leaving the teams deadlocked at the break.

The offenses took over in the third quarter. Lindsey used his legs to guide the Aggies up the field on a 10-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a beautiful fade route to the back of the end zone.

Lindsey hit Q.T. Ward from 18 yards out with 7:31 remaining in the third, giving the Aggies a 7-0 lead.

Woodland answered right back. Lineville kept pressure on Fetner for most of the night, but the Bobcats’ quarterback used his legs to get free. He eluded the pass rush and found Stephen Strain open for a 28-yard touchdown.

Lineville kick returner Curtis Hunter set the Aggies up with great field position on their next two possessions.

“It (Hunter’s returns) was really big,” Giddens said. “Not only did it give us good field position, but after they scored, it took some of the momentum away from them and put it back on our side.”

Hunter returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to the Bobcats’ 31-yard line.

A play later, Lineville used a pass and lateral to reclaim the lead. Lindsey hit Jesse Giddens on a curl route, and Giddens tossed the ball to Daniel Staples, who cruised to a 31-yard score.

Fetner knotted the game at 14 early in the fourth quarter. He didn’t see anyone open and took off, scoring from 16 yards out.

Hunter returned the next kickoff 54 yards to the Bobcats’ 24, setting up Lindsey’s 2-yard touchdown run that put the Aggies up 21-14 with 9:27 remaining.

Then Lineville’s defense stepped up, forcing a three-and-out. The Aggies would score the game-winning touchdown a few plays later when Lindsey got into the end zone from two yards out.

Woodland drove the ball to the Aggies’ 33, but Cody Brown intercepted a pass at the 2-yard line.

Woodland scored with 11 seconds left to make the final tally close, but the Bobcats couldn’t come up with the onside kick.

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