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Alexandria’s Woodruff enjoys a big game against Lincoln for the second year in a row, runs for nearly 250 yards in victory

Alexandria's Keenan Woodruff (20) turns the corner for yardage against Lincoln Friday night. On the cover, Cubs coach Frank Tucker (R) has a word of encouragement for Lincoln's Brad Wallace. (Photos by PrimeTimePrepz/primetimeprepz.com)

Alexandria’s Keenan Woodruff (20) turns the corner for yardage against Lincoln Friday night. On the cover, Cubs coach Frank Tucker (R) has a word of encouragement for Lincoln’s Brad Wallace. (Photos by PrimeTimePrepz/primetimeprepz.com)

By East Alabama Sports Today

LINCOLN – There’s something about playing Lincoln that brings out the best in Keenan Woodruff.

For the second year in a row, the Alexandria running back had a big game against the Golden Bears.

He rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries as the Valley Cubs logged a 34-7 victory over Lincoln Friday night.

Last year as a freshman Woodruff had a breakout game against the Bears, going for 240 yards on 21 carries and two long touchdown runs.

“If I knew (the reason) than we’d be doing it every game,” Valley Cubs coach Frank Tucker said before heading out into the night in search of his traditional celebratory quarter-pounder with cheese. “That’s just the way it’s turned out; he’s had big games against Lincoln … He had some pretty big holes to run through.”

Woodruff was unavailable for comment when the team returned to the field house, having suffered an undisclosed injury that required further evaluation.

The sophomore established himself right from the start Friday night. He ran for 180 yards on his first four carries, with three covering 84, 51 and 42 yards. His touchdowns covered 3 and 2 yards.

“Keenan has shown a great deal of maturity this year,” Tucker said. “He’s got a desire to do well on and off the field.”

Woodruff wasn’t the only Valley Cub running over the Bears. Jacob Heathcock scored the game’s first touchdown and rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries.

Heathcock, Woodruff and Demetrius Powell all rushed for touchdowns in the first quarter before the game was delayed for nearly 90 minutes by dangerous thunderstorms that rumbled through the area.

The Cubs (3-0) ran for 473 yards as a team. They threw only one pass – and that was intercepted.

“If we’re able to run the ball, we will,” Tucker said. “If something’s working why change? We’re not afraid to throw; the situation hasn’t dictated it. But we worked on it a whole bunch during the week because we know we’re going to have to throw, but with the big lead and getting big chunks of yardage we just decided to run the ball.”

L.J. Carmichael scored Lincoln’s only touchdown. He rushed for 126 yards on 12 carries.


Alexandria 21 0 6 7 — 34
Lincoln 0 0 0 7 — 7

A – Jacob Heathcock 31 run (kick failed), 7:28 1Q
A – Jamal Tucker 6 run (Noah Primm kick), 4:44 1Q
A – Keenan Woodruff 3 run (Quentin Bowie pass from Luke Tucker), 3:38 1Q
A – Woodruff 2 run (kick failed), 2:36 3Q
A – Luke Tucker 2 run (Primm kick), 10:35 4Q
L – L.J. Carmichael 2 run (PAT kick), 1:16 4Q

Category Alex Linc
First downs 14 9
Rushing yds 473 157
C-A-I 0-1-1 7-17-1
Passing yds 0 78

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