When facing a team with a prolific passer, the best defense may very well be a careful offense.
Clue Isaiah Tisdle.
The senior guard totaled 219 of Woodbury’s 313 rushing yards, and he scored a career-high four times as the Royals spoiled East Ridge’s comeback with a 27-18 victory at the sold-out Raptor’s Nest .
It was Woodbury’s first win over its crosstown rival in four years.
“This is our town now,” Tisdle said. “We got the job done, we got the job done, and now we’re celebrating with our guys.”
Three of the four goals scored by Woodbury (3-1) featured at least a dozen plays.
“Our keys this week were emotional control, sustained training that ends in points and protecting the football. We did all three,” coach Andy Hill said.
Woodbury had the ball for more than 33 of the game’s 48 minutes.
Leading 14-12 at the break, Woodbury got the ball back to start the second half. And they kept it. And I kept it a little longer. And a little more.
The 17-play drive that lasted 9 minutes and 23 seconds was capped when Tisdle scored on the Hammer Package’s 2 points.
“We brought all our big dogs there and we have to go,” Tisdle said.
Charlie Bern passed for two touchdowns for East Ridge, but spent a lot of time as a spectator from the sideline.
We just have to encourage the defense as much as possible and encourage them,” he said. “Obviously we want to get back on the court and score points like we did, but with the way they played, it’s difficult.”
Tanner Zolnosky finished 16 of 23 for 207 yards with three touchdowns for East Ridge (1-3). However, the receivers lost two fumbles in the fourth quarter.
The latter proved costly as Tisdle totaled 39 yards on a three-play drive, ending it with a 5-yard run.
“It starts with the O-line. The hardest working guys on our team, by far,” Tisdle said. “They give me the opportunity to do flashy things. But at the end of the day, I was able to tell my guys what a good job they did tonight.
Tisdle ran for 174 yards last week against White Bear Lake, including touchdown runs of 22, 61 and 23 yards in three minutes.
Hill said, “Isaiah is a very powerful runner at 195 pounds. »
Berne had an 11-yard TD reception for East Ridge with 1:29 left, but Woodbury recovered the onside kick.
Trailing 7-6 in the second quarter, Zolnosky demonstrated his athleticism.
While taking the snap, he saw two defenders pass unharmed during a blitz. Ready under pressure, the East Ridge senior rolled to the left to evade would-be tacklers before throwing a dart to Jesse Borrego cutting into the back of the end zone.
Woodbury countered by going 80 yards in 12 plays, including a 22-yard reverse by Quentin Cobb-Butler, a drive capped by a Tisdale 4-yard run with 20 seconds left in the half.
Tisdle scored on a 3 in the first quarter to end a 15-play Woodbury streak, but East Ridge countered with a 12-play march to the end zone. Berne was left alone on the left side and ran through a tackler for a 16-yard score early in the second quarter for a 12-7 lead.