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August 29, 2009

Wodicka takes down Cass

QB leads No. 3 Red Devils past Kings 35-32

WEST LAFAYETTE — Even when he plays only three quarters, West Lafayette quarterback Daniel Wodicka is a dangerous player.

The standout signal caller missed most of the first quarter after cutting his non-throwing hand early in the game when Lewis Cass visited Class 3A No. 3-ranked West Lafayette. He returned early in the second quarter and ran for 154 yards, threw for 205 more, and scored two touchdowns each way to lead the Red Devils to a come-from-behind, 35-32 win over the Kings.

“Wodicka. I mean, what else can you say,” said West Lafayette coach Marshall Overley. “He just won that Ironman award for us and on a night when we had four or five starters go down, he was simply the last man standing out there.”

Wodicka saved his best for last. With Cass leading 32-28, the Kings had a chance to melt the clock away at the 6:24 mark of the final quarter, but the Red Devil defense forced a three and out. West Lafayette took over its own 21 with 3:45 left and Wodicka drove the Devils down the field.

The senior accounted for 69 of the 79 yards on West Lafayette’s victorious drive with either his legs or his arm. The other 10 came by virtue of a late-hit penalty on the Kings. Cass had a chance to close the game out on defense inside the 10 in the final minute, but Wodicka completed a two-yard pass to Andrew Pekny with 20 seconds left to give the Red Devils the lead.

“I thought the entire second half he played very well,” said Cass coach Scott Mannering. “He started out the second half by making plays and really stepped up when they had some guys go down. He’s a playmaker. I congratulate him because he is a fine football player.”

This game was defined by mistakes, as each team made the other pay for every miscue. Cass forced four turnovers and converted each turnover into a touchdown drive. Unfortunately, it was after the touchdowns that Cass suffered the most. West Lafayette kicker Sam McCartney was a perfect 5 for 5 on PAT kicks, while Cass missed two PAT kicks and converted just one of three two-point conversion attempts. Ultimately, those lost points were the difference in the game.

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