Football teams are always eager to see how their non-league schedule prepared them for league play. Stockdale were losing 14-0 in a tough first quarter of Southwest Yosemite League opening play against Independence. They knew a tough non-league schedule had prepared them better than that.
“ don't think there was any panic,” Stockdale head coach Mike Snow told 23ABC on Wednesday, “We knew a lot of it was due to our lack of execution and Independence is a good football team. If you make mistakes, good football teams are going to hurt you.”
“We weren't nervous,” senior running back Anthony Wood explained, “we knew we had the potential to come back from it so we were prepared. Our coaches talked to us, knew what we had to do to come back.”
What they needed was an Anthony Wood breakout game and that's exactly what they got. The senior running back went for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns in what became a 60 to 35 Mustang melee.
“Sometimes blocking breaks down,” Snow continued, “a good back will find his way, he did that. He got some big runs and he had 20 some-odd carries. That's a tall order.”
“Independence is a good team,” Wood told 23ABC of his performance, “we picked it up in the second half. Our linemen executed blocks and coaches called the right plays at the right time.”
A come from behind win is something this Mustang team knows a lot about. They've relied on player leadership to inspire second half rallies this season and last.
“It's huge, especially with all of us, been playing football since we were little,” Wood said, “we listen to each other and I believe that helps us a lot.”
For his 237 yards and 4 touchdowns in a come from behind SWYL opening win against Independence, Anthony Wood earns a plaque provided by Kern Trophies and is our male athlete of the week.