Woodward Academy’s football team had its streak of four consecutive region championships broken this season, but still advanced the AAAA state playoffs.
Hampered by a few mid-season injuries, the War Eagles finished the 2018 regular season with a 6-4 record and 4-2 record in region play. Woodward Academy entered the state football playoffs for the 11th straight season, advancing to the second round, where the War Eagles were eliminated by No. 2 ranked Mary Persons. On offense, running back Tahj Gary was both the top rusher and receiver for the War Eagles. Gary rushed for 1219 yards, recorded 517 yards receiving, and combined for a total of 22 touchdowns. Quarterback Mike Wright threw for 1521 yards with a 66% completion rate and rushed for another 533 yards. On defense, the War Eagles were led by linebackers Errington Truesdell and Aaron Washington and defensive end Ozzie Hoffler. With a roster full of underclassmen, Woodward will look to regain control of the region and once again return to the state playoffs in 2019.
Managers: Larissa Chagas, Trinity Dozier, Reagan Glass, Nia Kherani, Maya Mitchell and Abbi Patterson
Coach Hunt was named the AAAA Georgia Football Coach of the Year for 2014. For the first time since 1997, the War Eagles advanced to the state championship semifinals after capturing the region championship in 2014. Under Coach Hunt the War Eagles have made two semi-final appearances and one quarterfinal appearance. The War Eagles 44 wins from 2013-2016 marks the most successful 4 year span in school history. Coach Hunt came to Woodward after coaching high school football in Florida and serving on Steve Spurrier’s coaching staffs in college and professional football at Florida and South Carolina and for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Florida and played pro football for two years.
Ryan Davis, D-Backs, S-Teams, College Recruiting
Jimmy Hyder, Receivers
Calvin Lewis, D-Line
Bill McGarrah, Linebackers
Jim Minor, Running Backs
Darin Schneider, OLB
Brandon Seigler, O-Line
Lee Sellers, D-Line
Calvin Lewis, Defensive Line