Bears maul Hermits for first victory


WOODLAWN – Three Woodlawn seniors made the most of their final high school game Thursday night as they accounted for five touchdowns in the Bears’ 50-14 blowout of the Hermitage Hermits at Woodlawn’s Carl Jones Sports Complex.

Senior Trevor McDaniel posted a career-high 146 yards rushing on just seven carries and scored two touchdowns. Fellow senior Blake Erstine had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and classmate Luke Parker also returned a interception for a TD and scored on a reception.

It was the season finale for both teams who were searching for their first 8-2A victory of the year. Woodlawn finishes with a 1-8 record overall and 1-7 mark in conference play. Hermitage ended at 1-9 overall and 0-8 in league play.

Despite the winless records, Woodlawn dominated from the start.

After forcing the Hermits to go three-and-out on their first series, the Bears went 56 yards in just two plays with McDaniel powering his way for a 48-yard touchdown run on Woodlawn’s second offensive snap. The two-point run was no good, leaving the Bears up 6-0 with 10:16 left in the first quarter.

It would be a while before the Bears’ offense would be back on the field.

Hermitage answered the Woodlawn score by picking up a first down and moving into Bear territory. However, when Hermit quarterback Cody Vines threw deep on a fourth-down attempt, Erstine picked it off and returned it 82 yards for the touchdown with 6:50 left in first. Again, the two-pointer failed, leaving the Bears up 12-0.

Parker would get in on the action on the Hermits’ ensuing series, intercepting another Vines’ pass and returning it 47 yards for a touchdown. J.P. Aiken ran in the conversion to make it 20-0 with 3:28 left in the first quarter.

Woodlawn would add another TD before the first period came to a close when Erstine made his second pick to set up a six-play, 62-yard drive capped by Patrick Cantrell’s 4-yard run with just a second left. Aiken, who got the start at quarterback Thursday night, had two runs for 51 yards on that drive. Cantrell powered through for the two-pointer to make it 26-0.

Woodlawn would fumble the ball away on its next three possessions.

The Hermits cashed in on that third turnover when Kentrez Davis dumped the ball off to Bradley Day on a middle screen that went for 23-yard touchdown. Davis also ran in the conversion to make it 26-8 with 4:18 left in the second.

The Bears would quickly respond, though, recovering an onside kick attempt at the Hermitage 48 and scoring two plays later on Keith Durham’s 45-yard run with 3:27 left before the half. McDaniel bolted in for the two-pointer, making it 34-8.

Woodlawn would invoke the mercy rule after scoring on its first two possessions of the second half.

McDaniel capped a four-play, 52-yard drive with an 18-yard scoring burst on the first series and Aiken would then find Parker over the middle for a 36-yard touchdown pass after Woodlawn freshman Dylan Jacobs intercepted another Hermit pass. McDaniel ran in both conversions to make it 50-8 with 9:54 left in the third.

The Hermits’ final score came on a 39-yard run by Davis with 4:08 left in the game. The two-point attempt was no good.

The Bears had their best offensive night of the season, amassing 411 yards of offense