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Football: West's Woodall, Bland sign NLIs
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Photo courtesy Shawn Cahill.

West Forsyth seniors Garrett Woodall and Stephon Bland, both of whom played integral parts in a 2018 Wolverines football team that won the program’s first playoff game since 2012, signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play in college.

Woodall signed to play for Army. The tight end didn’t play as big of a role in the Wolverines’ passing attack as former West star Ben Bresnahan, as Woodall had just 17 catches in 2018, but he was an important part of the Wolverines’ ground game as a blocker. In joining the Black Knights, Woodall will be a part of one of the country’s most formidable option offenses.

Bland signed to play linebacker at Lehigh, a member of the Patriot League in the Football Championship Subdivision. The senior played a diverse role for the Wolverines in 2018: Bland began the season as one of the county’s breakout running backs, rushing for 246 yards in the second week against Hewitt-Trussville, but he transitioned to a more defense-focused role as the season went on. Bland finished with 34 tackles on the season and had four for loss in West’s 31-16 win over Lambert.