The Dalton Catamounts (4-3, 2-0) defeated the Woodland Wildcats (1-6, 0-2) on Friday night by a score of 28-7.
Woodland was a heavy underdog in the contest. It was going to be key for the Wildcats to limit the amount of touches the high-powered Dalton offense would get. On the opening drive, Woodland did just that as it marched to the Dalton 15-yard line, while chewing over eight minutes of game clock in the process. Facing a 4th-and-3, Woodland opted to convert the 2-point conversion, but would fall one yard short. The Catamounts were unable to move on their opening drive but were about to get some gifts.
On fourth down and in its own territory, Woodland attempted a punt, but the ball salied over Nick Miranda’s head and was downed at the 10-yard line. Just a few plays later, Tyson Greenwade punched in a 2-yard touchdown run to give Dalton an early 7-0 lead. On the next Wildcat possession, Chase Carson busted a run that was good enough for first down yardage, but the ball was punched out and recovered by Dalton. After the turnover, Ethan Long scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Catamounts scored two touchdowns within 39 seconds of each other and had put Woodland behind the 8-ball. With a few minutes left in the first half, Woodland marched 54-yards in six plays, as Isaiah Livsey scored on a 15-yard touchdown run to give Woodland its first score of the game.
In the third quarter, Dalton put up back-to-back touchdown drives as Long threw a 29-yard pass to Warner Ross and Adriel Hernandez scored on a 9-yard run to extend the Dalton lead to 28-7.
In the fourth quarter, both teams were held off the scoreboard. Woodland was unable to re-create the drive it sustained on the opening drive and dropped to 0-2 in region play.
Woodland will host Calhoun next week at 7:30 PM.