Iron Horses soar over Hawks, Wolves topple Bishops
The blood, sweat and tears, key ingredients in high school football, paid off for the Philip Simmons High School football team over the weekend.
After three consecutive losses against stout opposition to begin the season, the Iron Horses defeated Hanahan 27-18 in a game that will evolve into a natural rivalry considering the two schools’ intertwined history.
“It was a huge win,” Philip Simmons coach Eric Bendig said. “We really connected in this one. It’s a great win for the kids, and I’m proud of them. I’m also proud of the coaching staff.”
While Philip Simmons celebrated its first victory of the season, Bishop England, meanwhile, also experienced a “first.” However, there was no celebration. The Bishops fell to 2-1 with a 40-3 loss to Timberland, a school the Bishops haven’t defeated since 2011.
IRON HORSES 27, HAWKS 18
Philip Simmons fared well on both sides of the ball to notch its first victory in four games.
Quarterback Peyton Woolridge kept the Hawks defense off guard with impressive throws and runs. Woolridge was pressed into the QB role when Tripp Williams was injured in the season, and has shown improvement. He completed 9-of-11 passing for 108 yards and two scores against the Hawks.
“He’s really athletic and has leadership skills,” Bendig said of his quarterback. “He proved to me he can throw. He stood in the pocket when he needed to and capitalized on some runs.”
While Woolridge accounted for 198 yards in total offense, the biggest star of the night just might have been Will Ramey.
Ramey rarely came off the field and scored three touchdowns. Ramey was on the receiving end of five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He was disruptive on defense, as well. He logged eight tackles and returned an interception 20 yards for yet another score. He also broke up a pass.
“To come out and play like that was huge,” Bendig said. “He came to play and was all over the field. He didn’t slow down.”
Bendig said the victory is just what the team’s psyche needed.
“As a coaching staff, we know that when you work hard like we do and don’t see it on the scoreboard, it can start to creep into your mind.”
Solly Bess led the running game with 22 rushes for 84 yards.
The Iron Horses travel south Friday night to play Whale Branch, A Class AA power that owns a 3-0 record.
TIMBERLAND 40, BE 3
The Bishops traveled to St. Stephen for a showdown against the Timberland, a team that always has good talent and a good head man in Art Craig.
The Wolves took a 13-0 lead at halftime, and settled the issue by outscoring the Bishops 14-3 in the third quarter.
Michael Long carried 22 times for 66 yards to lead the Bishops running attack. But, throw in yards lost for sacks and other plays, and the Bishops managed to net only 27 yards on 33 carries.
Cam Costa completed 11 of 20 passing for 127 yards.
Bishop England hosts Woodland at 7:30 p.m. Friday.