Woodland Top 5 Teams, Games, Plays


Top Five Teams of the Decade

1. 2004 Football: The only undefeated NVL and state champion in school history; posted a school-record 437 points and 7 shutouts; 7 All-NVL picks
2. 2005 Football: Second of two-straight NVL and Class SS state champions; t-school record 12 wins; 4 All-State picks; t-5th in state history with 26 INT
3. 2007 Baseball: Only NVL champion in school history; advanced to Class M semifinal (school record); best record in school history (20-5)
4. 2004 Girls’ Soccer: First NVL regular-season championship in Woodland history; best record in school history (14-3-3); reached Class M quarterfinal
5. 2007 Volleyball: First NVL champion in school history; best winning percentage in school history (19-2); school’s first Copper champion

Top Five Games of the Decade

1. 2003 Football vs. Naugatuck, Halloween: Often cited as the first big—and sometimes biggest—game in Woodland history, the Hawks won the Halloween battle, 40-37
2. 2004 Football vs. Seymour, Thanksgiving: The Hawks clinched their first NVL title, 27-22, in front of 5,000 fans when Jared Katchmar hooked up with Jeff Jones for a 12-yard TD
3. 2005 Football vs. HC, NVL Championship: Woodland capitalized on a fumble, tied the game with 35 seconds left, and won its second-straight NVL crown, 21-14, in overtime
4. 2004 Football vs. Ansonia, “Mud Bowl”: In a downpour at Jarvis Stadium, Woodland shut out the two-time defending NVL champs, 21-0, for the first time in over 10 years
5. 2004 Baseball vs. Seymour, NVL Championship: After suffering a 19-0 early-season loss to the Cats, Ryan Matthews led the Hawks to a 7-2 win, the first title of any kind at Woodland

Top Five Plays of the Decade

1. 2003 Katchmar to Krakowski vs. Naugatuck: Katchmar’s 16-yard post pass to Krakowski as time expired gave Woodland an epic, 40-37 comeback victory on Halloween
2. 2004 Katchmar to Jones vs. Seymour: Jones tiptoed 12 yards down the right sideline after catching Katchmar’s pass with 47.4 seconds left to clinch the NVL crown
3. 2005 Kingsley forces fumble vs. Holy Cross: Shane Kingsley knocked the ball away from Ryan Cashman, setting up the Hawks’ tying score and eventual win in overtime
4. 2006 Valente’s 1,000th point vs. Holy Cross: Jen Valente became the first Woodland player to score 1,000 career points on a layup in the third quarter of a 48-45 loss to Cross
5. 2007 Graveline’s perfect game vs. Watertown: Ken Graveline needed only 68 pitches and some superb defense to throw his first no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Watertown