DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Greenwood completed its football game at Martinsville on Saturday afternoon. And fortunately for the Woodmen, the play was as different as night and day.
Greenwood scored 21 on points Saturday to turn a 13-7 Martinsville lead from Friday night into a 28-25 win.
The game, which started Friday, was postponed with 5:35 left in the second quarter because of lightning.
“Our kids came out and played really hard, but we have to find ways to finish games,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “We’ve won the past two weeks but haven’t closed games out, and we’ve had opportunities to.”
Greenwood (2-1), which was coming off a close win at Indian Creek, is now 1-0 in the Mid-State Conference with the win against Martinsville (0-3).
On Friday, the Artesians led early on a 10-yard touchdown run by Joey Gorham. Greenwood answered on a quarterback keeper by sophomore Seth Gallman to briefly take the lead.
Martinsville responded with a 32-yard touchdown run by Greg Daniels for a 13-7 advantage before play was suspended.
On Saturday, Greenwood’s passing came to life as Gallman connected on three big pass plays, two resulting in touchdowns.
First, Gallman found a wide-open Alex Rawlin, who then rumbled 63-yards for the score, giving the Woodmen a 14-13 lead.
Greenwood maintained momentum continued into the third quarter with efficient of ball control, both in the passing and running game. The Woodmen extended their lead on a 15-yard touchdown run by senior running back John Gallman.
Greenwood’s defense kept the Artesians in check the rest of the way. Seth Gallman hit senior Jackson Daugherty for a 55-yard score to seal the win.
Martinsville scored twice in the final two minutes, but it was too little, too late.
“I thought we had control of the game until the very end, and a couple of things didn’t go our way and all of a sudden we have to find ways to finish the game,” Campbell said. “That will be the words of the week.”
After three straight road games, the Woodmen (2-1, 1-0) finally get a home game when they host Mooresville on Friday night.
“That’s a big plus for us,” Campbell said. “To come out 2-1 after three straight road games is pretty good.”