By Randy Dela Cruz, Ho'okele Sports Editor
Quarterback retired Air Force veteran Robert “Woody” Wooderson led an aerial attack that produced three over-thetop touchdowns to lead 647th Security Forces Squadron (647 SFS) to an 18-14 victory over Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) “A” Team on Dec. 2 in a White Division intramural flag football game at Ward Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The win gave 647 SFS sole possession of second place with a record of 8-1, while NIOC fell one game behind at 7-2.
Both teams have qualified for this weekend’s playoffs, which will be held on Dec. 7 and 8 with the championship showdown scheduled for Dec. 9.
“It was a great win going into the playoffs,” said Senior Airman John Hunt, who caught two of the bombs for touchdowns and almost came down with a third. “We were playing a good team, got the win and gave us momentum.”
In the back-and-forth battle between two of the division’s top teams, the 647 SFS broke the ice first, when Wooderson led a six-play drive for six points on the team’s first series of the game.
Wooderson got the team out of the gates by picking up 24 yards on a keeper on the first play before ending the drive on a pass to Hunt who got behind his defender on the right side of the end zone for a 6-0 lead.
Although the 647 SFS got the ball in good field position on their next possession at the “A” Team’s 17, Wooderson got shut down by NIOC’s defense, which forced four straight incomplete passes.
While NIOC quarterback Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) 3rd Class Joshua Miyashiro got picked off in his first series of the night, the signal caller bounced back on the team’s second possession to lead a 63-yard, 13-play drive to tie the score.
Miyashiro, who was pressed into action to start his first at QB after the team’s first and second string quarterbacks couldn’t attend the game, led the methodical march upfield before punching in the final two yards on a keeper on fourth down.
The “A” Team went out ahead, 7-6, by finishing off the series with a conversion on the point after touchdown.
With time running out in the first half, Wooderson quickly put the team within striking distance by directing the 647 SFS to the “A” Team’s 39-yard line on five plays.
After misfiring on back-to-back tosses, Wooderson went deep to Hunt, who had beat his man and headed for the end zone.
Hunt made the grab for a touch-down to lead the 647 SFS into half-time with a 12-7 advantage.
Following the break, Miyashiro led another long drive to pay dirt.
This time the quarterback needed nine plays to take the team 65 yards for the score and retake the lead.
Again, Miyashiro took it in himself by rushing for the final 10 yards and a 14-12 advantage after converting the PAT.
The lead didn’t last long, as Wooderson burned the NIOC secondary one more time.
On the third play at his own 25, Wooderson got the snap and delivered a spiral down the left sideline and into the hands of a streaking Airman 1st Class Lortavius Smith for the QB’s third TD pass of the game.
Although the 647 SFS failed to convert their third PAT, the 18-14 lead stood up as the team’s defense put the clamps on NIOC.
In defeat, Miyashiro took the game in stride and said that he and his teammates left everything on the field.
The loss, said the quarterback, does nothing to dampen their spirits as NIOC looks forward to the playoffs.
“I’m going to pray about and put it behind me because God is ultimately in control here,” he said. “We’re looking forward to this weekend.”
With the crown up for grabs, Hunt said he really likes the 647 SFS’s chances of winning it all.
In fact, Hunt said he believes that this year’s title is right there for the 647 SFS to take.
“I’m very confident,” he said. “I think we got the best team out here by far. We’re going to take that championship.”