Wolverine Football Ends Season With A Perfect Record

Woodgrove Faces Heartbreaking Loss to Dominion in State Quarterfinals


With a regular season record of 11-0, the Wolverines were hoping that this would be their year. Winning against Charlottesville in the second round of the playoffs, the Wolverines then suffered
a heart-breaking loss against Dominion in the state quarterfinals.

The team started out the regular season just as they hoped, 9-0. Their final obstacle in the way of a 10-0 season was crosstown rival, Loudoun Valley. After a bit of a scare, trailing 20-7 at one point, the Wolverines roared back for a 48-27 victory over the Vikings. This win assured them home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and a perfect regular season. Senior Quarterback Mikie Kovich said, “Going 4-0 against Valley in my career was a great success, and I now know that they will never beat us.”

Fresh off a bye week, the Wolverines went up against the eighth-seeded Black Knights from Charlottesville on Friday, November the 19th. Even before the game began, the Wolverines were comfortable, as they secured home field advantage throughout their playoff run. Mikie Kovich and the Woodgrove offense easily marched 51 yards down the field in eight plays, before capping off the drive with an 18-yard score from Chima Kpaduwa for an opening drive score.

After forcing a three-and-out on Charlottesville’s first offensive possession, the Wolverines scored another touchdown, this time demoralizing Charlottesville’s defense with a long, 13 play drive, capped off with a seven yard Kovich pass to Wide Receiver Mason Gryniuk.

Woodgrove kept their foot on the gas pedal, surprising Charlottesville with a perfectly placed onside kick from Cameron Gieseman. Exhausted from the long Wolverine march just before, Charlottesville gave up an easy two-play touchdown drive, ending with a 43-yard Kovich touchdown run, almost putting the game out of reach. With Woodgrove not only playing sound, turnover free football, and guessing the correct time to gamble and be aggressive, Woodgrove cruised to a 57 to 8 win over the Black Knights of Charlottesville.

Building up to the state quarterfinals, the team showed dedication and hard work. They held practice Thanksgiving morning and had a team dinner in preparation for the game against Dominion. The game went back and forth after Woodgrove led 14-7 at halftime. Quarterback Mikie Kovich threw two touchdowns with 168 yards and RB Chima Kpaduwa rushed for 83 yards on 19 carries. WR Russell Blackwell and Mason Gryniuk each scored a touchdown. The team ultimately lost to the Titans, 30-23. One of the leading factors of the loss was a blocked field goal late in the fourth quarter.

The hard work of the team was shown throughout the season, with 15 Wolverines named to All-Conference 21A teams.

“We work hard every day. We go into practice with high energy, and we are physical,” said Senior Captain Thomas Ellis.

QB Kovich was responsible for 40 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards. “It felt great to contribute and I try not to think about it,” said Kovich, unaware of how many times he reached the end zone. Coach Mike Skinner proved that he could bring his team together, by winning Conference 21A Football Coach of the Year for the second straight year.