By Taft Gantt ’ 20
For the 119th matchup with Episcopal High School, the Tigers traveled toAlexandria on the second Saturday in November for the oldest unbroken highschool football rivalry in the South. The Game, which has been played every yearsince 1901, always seems to be an evenly matched contest, and this year was noexception.
On fourth down with ten seconds left until the final whistle, Woodberry neededa touchdown. Staley Wideman ’ 20 seemed to be the answer as he juggled a tippedball in the end zone. But two Maroon defenders batted the ball away, and Episcopalsurvived the 119th Game 20–16.
The cold fall day had begun with a tailgate composed of students, parents, andalumni. Two of those alumni — Tony Gould ’ 60 and Temple Grassi ’65 — broughtthe long history of The Game to life when they joined WFSPN’s halftime show todiscuss notable contests they had played in and watched over the years.
After about an hour of friendly conversations, good food, and fun memories at thetailgate, the boys headed over to the Hummel Bowl to form a gauntlet that thecheerleaders and football team ran through. When the clock struck two and theball was placed on the tee, the fun and games were over, and it was time to play ball.
Episcopal dominated the first half. The Maroon opened up the game with atouchdown and found the end zone twice more to lead 20–9 at halftime. TheTigers’ defense came alive in the second half. Along with not allowing any points,the unit forced a turnover which set up the Tigers’ first offensive score on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Ben Locklear ’ 21 to Staley with roughly six minutes leftin the fourth quarter. Woodberry forced Episcopal to punt and gave the offense ashot with just over a minute left. Ben led the Tigers down to the 20-yard line, butthe Maroon defense held strong as the final seconds ticked away.
Woodberry leads the overall series 58–52– 9 and will host the 120th playing of TheGame on November 14, 2020.
Staley Wideman ’ 20