Northwood Academy’s football team has some extra time to get back to the basics after splitting its first two contests of the season.
The Chargers opened the campaign with a 34-0 victory over Academic Magnet, putting a winless 2018 season behind them, but didn’t travel well in a 27-9 loss at Dillon Christian on Aug. 30.
Northwood didn’t get off the bus completely dialed in on the mission at hand. Dillon Christian led 6-0 at the break and broke it open with 21 third-quarter points.
“We’ve got to be able to get on the bus and travel two-plus hours and be mentally tough enough to take on that adversity,” Northwood Academy coach Ryan Leaver said. “You can’t wait to get your feet under you until the second quarter. We had some success but it was too late in the game.”
For the Chargers, quarterback Gabe Johnson threw a touchdown pass to Thomas Cook and Clayton Stancil made a tackle for a safety.
A Sept. 6 matchup at Bethesda Day in Savannah was washed away by Hurricane Dorian and the Chargers will be coming off a bye week when they load up the buses once again for a clash at Colleton Prep on Sept. 20.
The Warhawks won last year’s matchup, finishing strong in a 14-6 victory at Northwood. The eight-point loss was as close as the Chargers came to having a victory celebration in 2018.
Greg Langdale is a new coach for the War Hawks. He took over for Rob Gorrell, who was 5-6 and guided Colleton Prep to the playoffs last season.
On film, Leaver sees Langdale putting his touch on Colleton Prep’s offense.
“They’re kind of the same,” Leaver said. “Coach Langdale has done a great job throwing in some of his things as far as being able to pass the ball a little bit and spread you out. Last year, they wanted to go into the wishbone and I-formation and run it at you.”
The War Hawks (1-1), who lost to Branchville 23-7 to start the season, are coming off a 20-7 win over Hilton Head Prep on Aug. 30.
“Schemewise they did a nice job,” Leaver said. “They did what they wanted to do in the beginning and then got into what their bread and butter is, using some of their skill in the backfield to neutralize what Prep was trying to do.”
After Colleton Prep, Northwood Academy hosts Thomas Heyward for homecoming Sept. 27.