Tigers Ground Orosi
The Woodlake Tigers last victory in the playoffs was a 24-17 victory over Caruthers back in 2009 and the Tiger faithful have been waiting patiently for another one. Well the wait is finally over as on Friday, Nov. 9 the Tigers defeated the Orosi Cardinals 31-24 in Lindsay.
With the Tigers stadium under construction, Woodlake has been on the road all season. For the playoffs, Woodlake received a 7 seed and in the first round was slated to take on number 10 seed Orosi. A deal between Lindsay High School and Woodlake High School worked out so that Woodlake could use Lindsay’s stadium for a home game.
As for the game it was a hard fought battle that went back and forth. The Orosi Cardinals would jump out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Woodlake would cut into Orosi’s lead in the 2nd quarter when Woodlake would score on a touchdown run making it 10-7 Orosi.
Moments later Orosi would score once again to make it 17-7 Orosi. Woodlake would get within a touchdown just before halftime when the Tigers kicked a field goal to make it 17-10.
Coming back from halftime the Tigers would tie the game up on a Phil Woods touchdown pass to make it 17-17. And just like in the first half, Orosi would find a way to take the lead once again this time on a touchdown run making it 24-17 Orosi.
With under a minute left to play in the third quarter, Woodlake would find their way in from 10 yards out to tie the game up yet again making it 24-24.
Woodlake would score once again late in the fourth quarter to make it 31-24 and the Tigers defense would hold on to secure a Tiger victory.
“We have had a lot of obstacles put in our way this year, and we came out and battled,” said Woodlake head coach Scott Hernandez.
Another obstacle that will be in Woodlake’s way will be Sierra when the Tigers travel to Tollhouse to take on the Sierra Chieftains on Friday, Nov. 16.
“The only thing that really worries me is the long bus ride. We will be sitting for way to long,” said Hernandez about traveling to Tollhouse.
has Woodlake defeating the Chieftains in a nail biter 25-24.
If Woodlake can get by Sierra then the Tigers would take on the winner of the Shafter-Corcoran game.