Woodlawn’s football team will sport new jerseys next fall after winning the Ravens Halftime Combine with the fastest time posted this season.
Quarterback Jarell Gainer, running back Amir Renwick, wide receiver Armani Wilson, lineman Christopher Proctor and defensive back Dorian Davenport combined to finish the course in 30.85 seconds when they competed against Lake Clifton at halftime of the Ravens’ Dec. 23 game at M&T Bank Stadium.
At each home game, the Ravens hosted two high school football teams to compete in the combine with the team posting the season’s fastest time winning the new Under Armour jerseys for the varsity team.
For first-year Woodlawn coach Elwood Townsend, whose team finished 6-4, winning the jerseys is another boost toward building his program.
“They were excited. It’s a big thing,” said Townsend, who led Douglass to the Class 1A state final in 2013 and 2014. “That’s part of changing the culture. You have to have some new things appealing to the kids who want to play. I want to be the Oregon of high school football and have lots of new uniforms. ...The kids like that stuff. They like to look good.”
Townsend said the Warriors had new pink uniforms this season for breast cancer awareness month, but that it’s been a few years since they had other new uniforms.
In the combine, Proctor handled the first leg — the tire flip from the goal line to the 10-yard line. Renwick then wove through agility poles before sprinting to the 40-yard line. He tagged Davenport, who backpedaled to the sideline. Gainer finished it off with a pass to Wilson, who ran from the 30 to the end zone for the reception.
None of the five players is a senior, so all should get to wear the new jerseys next year.
“They’re kind of the leaders since the season ended,” Elwood said. “They were the kids that have been at workouts every day, never any problem. It was also an opportunity to get my quarterback out and throwing the ball. In the City game (Sept. 23), he broke his shoulder, so it was exciting for him. They’re just five really good kids.”