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Thomas strikes again: Woodcreek of Roseville topples Ponderosa 28-14 on football homecoming

By: Garrett Phillpottâ– of the Roseville Press Tribune
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Every Friday night offers an opportunity for prep football players to capture greatness under the lights.

Malcolm Thomas is making the most of his opportunities.

The Woodcreek receiver, defensive back, and kick returner upped his touchdown total to 11 Friday as the Timberwolves downed previously unbeaten Ponderosa 28-14 at Timberwolves Homecoming

The Timberwolves closed the preseason with a perfect record of 4-0.

“I’m excited,” Thomas (two receiving touchdowns, return touchdown, interception) said afterwards. “Feels good to finally be 4-0. I stepped up when my team needed me, and I just made the big plays when I needed to.”

The first score of the game came with 8 minutes 57 seconds remaining in the second quarter, when Woodcreek quarterback Isaiah Harborth connected with Thomas for a 70 yard score.

After a Thomas interception, the Timberwolves struck again as the duel threat of Harborth and Thomas connected from 52 yards pout, extending the Woodcreek lead to 14-0 with 1:53 remaining in the first half.

After a Woodcreek fumble, Ponderosa surged back when quarterback Colby Chiverton found tight end Stephen Brosseau for a 29 yard score just before the break.

With 10:36 remaining in the third quarter, junior running back Anthony Mahr trotted into the end zone from five yards out, building the Woodcreek lead to 21-7. After another Woodcreek turnover, Ponderosa capitalized once again when running back Jimmy Sanders scored from four yards out.

With tension building, Thomas came to the rescue. He took the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to the house to polish the win.

“The highlight of my night was when I took the kickoff return back for a TD,” Thomas said. “It really set the tone, and gave us some great energy.”

The Timberwolves defense was led by linebackers Jared Rice and Mitchell Houston. Rice added an interception, and Houston was all over the field, making key plays all night.

“It was a great feeling getting my second sack of the night,” Houston said. “Made it even better when I looked up and saw the black mob (student cheering section) going crazy.”

“I’m feeling really good right now,” Woodcreek senior offensive lineman Jordan Williamson added. “A lot to smile about.

"However, we didn’t come out as good as we should have. We’re going to get better and focus on Oak Ridge next week.”

Woodcreek travels to Oak Ridge next week to open the SFL.

“The boys are really excited for the challenge,” Woodcreek coach Jason Stowers said. “We all know what league we’re in.

“I think that we’re going to battle, continue working hard, and good things are going to happen.”

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