It's pay-back time at Woodlawn Team wants coach to go out a winner

September 28, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

&TC Rodney Petitt says being his best is the only way he can pay back a man who has had faith in him.

The 17-year-old Woodlawn High senior quarterback says he owes coach George Goudy for showing him that grades -- not football -- should be a top priority.

And for promoting Petitt to the varsity as a sophomore, putting him on an intensive weight program and encouraging him to "stay in shape," physically and mentally.

"He helped to keep my head in the books, and I thank him for that," said Petitt, a B student. "To be honest, I think that three-fourths of the season is for [Coach Goudy]. I think the whole team feels that way."

Goudy, 55, a retired teacher who is in his 11th season, has said this will be his last year as coach.

"I've watched most of these kids mature since they were freshmen," said Goudy, whose Warriors went 8-2 last year, missing the playoffs by a point. "I really think that by the end of the year, we were playing football as good as anyone in the state. That's the main reason why I came back this year, to see these kids go out successfully."

This group has indeed matured, but not without its growing pains.

As freshmen, third-year starting seniors like Petitt, center Kamar Brooks and safety Marcus Jones were on an unbeaten junior varsity.

The next year, however, they were members of a squad that went a disappointing 3-7. But two years later the Warriors are 4-0 and the area's fourth-ranked team.

"These kids have really turned it around," said Goudy, who has a career record of 69-39.

"Our weak point is our depth. We've got a lot of guys playing both ways," said Goudy. "But our strength is in our experience. The fact that they've been together for so long is a big key. They really want to get there this year."

"Getting there" would mean the first playoff appearance since a first-round loss to Friendly in 1983.

"Last year is a real motivator for us. We know that we should have won the games we lost to Perry Hall and Parkville," said Jones. "We realize that going 8-2 won't be good enough, so we don't want to lose any games this year."

The Warriors defeated Westminster, 48-6, Dulaney, 14-7, and Franklin, 30-8, racking up 930 yards of offense. The fourth win came via forfeit over Lansdowne.

"This is a real team," said Brooks, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder. "We've been together for so long that we know each other really well. We're like a machine."

Woodlawn's defense is anchored by tackles Chris Flenoy, an honorable-mention All-Metro player who has 23 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery, and Darryl Manse, who has 12 tackles and one sack.

Senior defensive back/wide receiver Vincent Montoute, who is being recruited by Penn State and the University of Maryland, has a team-leading five interceptions.

Only a 5-7, 166-pounder, Jones is the squad's second-leading tackler with 22. Junior linebacker Trevor Walker (20 tackles, one interception), whom Goudy calls "a blue-chipper," is a 6-2, 190-pounder who runs a 4.5 40-yard --.

"Trevor is further along than Carlton Bailey when he was a junior here," said Goudy, comparing Walker to the Buffalo Bills' linebacker.

Petitt not only operates the Warriors' wing-T/option offense, but his average of nearly 44.3 punting yards in seven attempts ranks among the area's best.

Petitt mostly hands off to speedy seniors Omar Johnson, a 6-1, 180-pound fullback, and Troy Sheppard, a 5-8, 140-pound tailback. Johnson (43 carries, 352 yards, five TDs) has gained most of his yardage up the middle, while Sheppard (33, 221, three) is the Warriors' outside man.

The Warriors will try to exact revenge on their next two opponents -- Parkville and Perry Hall.

"We may need to go 10-0 just to make sure we get in [the playoffs]," said Jones. "But if we don't, we have to be satisfied that we gave it our best."

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