For the Daily Journal
Greenwood’s “Road Warriors” did it again.
Playing away from home for the third consecutive game, the Woodmen fought it out in their toughest game so far to take a gritty 27-7 win against winless Martinsville.
The Woodmen are 3-0 for the second straight year and the third time overall in coach Mike Campbell’s tenure at Greenwood. More importantly, however, is the fact the Woodmen open up at 1-0 in the Mid-State Conference.
Greenwood used three different rushers, quarterback Seth Gallman and backs Brandon Rosado and Nick Willham, to rush for more than 230 yards, but it was a fourth-quarter 30-yard pass play from Gallman to R.J. Meyers that broke open a tight game.
“Our defense was outstanding,” said Campbell. “They played hard and battled back against a good offense. And ours was pretty good, too, as our line was physical all night.
“You know, it’s going to be nice to play at home next week.”
After easy wins at Perry Meridian and Indian Creek, Martinsville was a tougher out.
The reason for that was the Artesians’ versatile offense, which kept the Woodmen guessing all night as to whether they would run or pass. This combination saw the Woodmen fall behind for the first time this season when Martinsville scored in the first to take a 7-6 lead.
But it was Martinsville that had set up the Woodmen’s first score, with a fumble on the Artesians’ very first play at their own 20. Four plays later, Rosado plunged in from the 1.
Rosado scored from the 1 again in the second quarter to put the Woodmen back on top.
Gallman relied on his legs, plus Rosado’s and Willham’s, on a rainy night — but when he did throw, he hit his mark, completing nine passes for 132 yards.
He did throw an interception late in the third quarter that might have turned things around for the Artesians, but Greenwood’s defense — which has not allowed more than seven points in a game this season — snuffed out the threat.
“We had some timely plays,” Campbell said. “We’re an experienced team and we did what we had to do.”
Gallman called his own number late in the fourth, scoring on an 18-yard run for the final score.
Rosado led the Woodmen with 83 yards, while Willham added 75 and Gallman 73.
Next week, Greenwood finally gets its long-awaited first home game as it hosts Mooresville. The Pioneers are led by a familiar face in Mike Gillin, who coached at Indian Creek for 16 years.