ADAMS TWP — Two big drives proved enough to overcome numerous penalties for Woodland Hills Friday night at the Mars Athletic Complex.
The 13th-seeded Wolverines (5-6) stunned fourth-seeded Mars (9-2), 14-0, to advance in the WPIAL Class 5A football playoffs. Mars was defeated in the opening round of postseason play for the third straight season.
“You have to string plays together and we didn't do that tonight,” Mars coach Scott Heinauer said. “Plays were out there on the field for us to make and we didn't make them.”
The visiting Wolverines put together a 76-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, capped by a 57-yard touchdown run by Anthony Meredith. Woodland Hills used 10 plays to march 57 yards for a score in the third period.
Quarterback Gavin Judson capped that drive with a 1-yard sneak with 5:31 left in the period.
Woodland Hills rushed for 290 yards on 54 carries for the night. Meredith had 17 carries for 149 yards, Will Clark 26 for 125.
“That's the second straight game both of our backs went over 100,” Wolverines coach Tim Bostard said. “We did it last week against Chartiers Valley.
“Do I like our chances when that happens? Absolutely.”
Woodland Hills won the game despite committing 13 penalties for 105 yards.
“Those mistakes, we need to correct,” Bostard said. “But from the fourth game on, we've been a different football team.
“Coming in here, we knew Mars had an outstanding offensive and defensive line. We challenged our lines to be equal to the task.”