Woodbridge's Jack Martine, left, looks for room to run as Northwood's Taylor Cleary, middle, and Nick Baldonado (21) apply pressure during Friday's Pacific Coast League game at Irvine.

Woodbridge puts Northwood away in second half


IRVINE – Woodbridge broke open a close game with two scores in the first two minutes of the third quarter and went on to defeat Northwood, 45-13, in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night at Irvine.

Woodbridge (4-4, 2-1) held a 14-7 lead at halftime.

But on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Alex Young ran 80 yards for a score on an inside handoff to put Woodbridge ahead, 21-7.

On the next Northwood possession, the Warriors’ Jalen Gill intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a TD to give Woodbridge a 28-7 lead.

The Warriors kept piling up points, finishing with two touchdowns in the final stanza to improve their chances of advancing to the CIF playoffs.

“It brings us a step closer but we have a tough one with Beckman and Uni (on the final week),” said Woodbridge coach Rick Gibson.

Connor McBride again led the Warriors’ offense. Lining up most of the night in the wildcat formation, McBride rushed for 155 yards and completed two passes, one for a 37-yard score to Jared Kaleikini early in the fourth quarter.

McBride scored on a 35-yard TD run late in the first quarter to put the Warriors ahead, 7-0.

Northwood (2-6, 1-2) tied the game, 7-7, when quarterback Cameron Kasey connected with Garrett O’Connor on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 7:37 left in the second quarter.

But Woodbridge regained control when Young returned the ensuing kick-off 90 yards for a score.

“He just hit the seam; he’s so fast,” Gibson said. “We’ve kind of been holding him out here and there offensively and he got a chance to run a little bit tonight.”

Spencer Tran led Northwood, rushing for 95 yards. He had a 39-yard TD run in the third quarter. Kasey passed for 138 yards for the Timberwolves.

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