THORNBURY — Glen Mills' Dante Robinson sprinted to the sideline and toward his position coach during a fourth-quarter timeout. The 6-3, 255-pound defensive lineman, who was pouring off sweat, looked like he could've used some nourishment.
"My coach asked me if I needed milk,' Robinson said. "I said, ' Nah.' I told him I needed some Enfamil. We joke like that.'
Robinson pushed aside his personal hunger pains and focused on the field, at least for another seven minutes, while recalling a slice of his head coach's pregame salvo about Woodson.
"Coach (Kevin Owens) told us he was hungry,' Robinson said, "so we had to eat ' em up.'
Robinson and Glen Mills crunched Woodson up front, limiting its Washington, D.C.,-based opponent to negative yardage on the ground and not much more through the air as the Battlin' Bulls feasted, 34-8, Friday night at Jack Pearson Field.
Toss out the Bulls' offensive production, which was stout and consistent throughout. Owens' defense made the difference in the nonleague contest. Glen Mills (2-2) had three quarterback sacks, three interceptions, six passes defensed and eight tackles for loss. The Bulls held Woodson to minus-17 yards on 21 rushes.
"We just got into them up front, in the trenches, and didn't let up,' Robinson said.
How good was Glen Mills' defense? It wasn't tagged for any points. Actually, Woodson's only touchdown came on a botched snap, with the Warriors' recovering at the Mills' 2-yard line and scampering in for an easy score. By then, though, the Bulls already had a good hold on the direction of the game.
That's because of senior running back Shaheen Dow and junior tailback DeAndre Johnson. Dow totaled 145 yards rushing and one touchdown on 16 carries, while Johnson accumulated 69 yards and a score on 15 totes.
Dow seemed so unstoppable, only a fingertips tackle in the second quarter — in which a Woodson defender ripped off his jersey — pulled him from the flow of gameplay. So if No. 23 went missing, it was because he was disguised from that point forward as No. 39.
"Don't forget my stats because of that,' Dow said, smiling.
Johnson's first-quarter touchdown, Dow's second-quarter score and a 35-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Devontae Coates and receiver Franco Harris gave the Bulls a cozy 19-0 edge at halftime. That special-teams TD by Woodson only minutes into the third quarter squelched some of Glen Mills' momentum, but that didn't last.
The Bulls got fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns from Tyesheed Freeman, who also two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball, and Coates to turn the game into a laugher.
All the while, the defense carried the club.
"Man, they were huge today for us,' Dow said.
Mills has come a long way from its 0-2 start. The Bulls dominated Woodson, outgaining the Warriors, 286-75, offensively. They controlled the tempo of the game with sterling defensive play. And, as Dow put it, they never once worried about the fate of their season after a slow opening.
"Coach tells us, ' Scared? Get a dog,'' Dow said.