Greenwood High School senior running back John Gallman had fresh legs in the second half, and it showed.
Gallman scored two touchdowns and intercepted a pass that helped seal the host Woodman’s 23-7 victory against Mooresville in Mid-State Conference football action Friday night.
Gallman finished with 93 yards on 19 carries.
“We have so many great backs that can carry the load,” Gallman said. “We can spread it around. It’s good because everyone is fresh. We can all run the ball and we all have good ball security and it works.
“The O-line played great, and that made it easy.”
Sophomore running back Brandon Rosado, who is just 5-foot-4, added 45 yards on 15 carries, with most carries coming in the first half.
“The offensive did nice job, just keeping on blocks and driving down the field,” Rosado said. “It’s a great group. I love ‘em. They’re my family.”
Gallman’s 4-yard TD run gave the Woodmen (3-1, 2-0 Mid-State) a 20-7 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard TD run. That was set up by Dylan Rosado’s 30-yard interception return, and then a personal foul on Mooresville (2-2, 0-2) put the ball on the 4.
The Woodmen added a 29-yard field goal to push the lead to 23-7.
Greenwood junior defensive back A.J. Montgomery also had an interception, and Gallman got the final of three fourth-quarter interceptions.
“I came in with the dollar package at the end when we are trying to prevent the pass,” Gallman said. “Our defensive line got good pressure and everyone was covered up so it was pretty easy.”
The Woodmen then just ran out the clock.
“I thought our defense was outstanding,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “(Assistant) Coach (Jerrod) Watson and the defensive staff put together a great plan, and the kids executed.
“They had a few drives, but we never gave up the home run play, which is what you’ve got to do against a team that throws the ball around like they do.”
Pioneers quarterback Alex Fabert completed just one pass for three yards in the second half. For the game, he was 9 of 24 for 48 yards.
“The kids got in their drops and made the reads,” Campbell said. “Coach (Rick) Guipe, our defensive backs coach, did a fantastic job of getting his guys to keep everything in front and just play great football.
“They put fires out when (the Pioneers) got runs were going.”
After the game was tied at 7-7 at halftime, Woodmen quarterback Seth Gallman put Greenwood up for good with a 25-yard TD pass to Jackson Daugherty in the third quarter.
“Offensively we felt like we got momentum after making a few adjustments at halftime,” Campbell said. “The adjustments we made the kids executed them and I think that was what so key,” Campbell said. “It was an exciting win for us. It was great to come home and get a win at home.”
The Woodmen opened the season with three road games.
Greenwood took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on John Gallman’s 7-yard touchdown run. The Pioneers managed to tie it in the second quarter on a 3-yard run Fabert.
Mooresville’s Jacob Wallman missed a 34-yard field goal with 1:38 left in the second quarter.