The Woodland Wildcats football team made mistakes early and the Rockmart Yellow Jackets made them pay. The Wildcats dropped Friday night’s contest on the road by a score of 37-12 and fell to 0-2 on the 2016.

Woodland (0-2) fumbled the ball on its opening drive and Rockmart’s Noah Sims put in a rushing touchdown to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead and they wouldn’t look back. Rockmart added a field goal, but scored another touchdown, stretching the lead to 17-0 after Woodland threw an interception.

The Wildcats seemed to have rebounded in the second quarter before allowing a 64-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left in the first half to give Rockmart a 24-0 lead.

Woodland came out and played much better in the second half, as they did in their opener against River Ridge two weeks ago. Woodland’s Justice Carter blocked a punt, which set the Wildcats up for their first score of the game, trailing 24-6.

Woodland muffed a snap and allowed another Rockmart score just before allowing another Rockmart score on the next drive, giving the Yellow Jackets a 37-6 lead. Woodland’s Chris Mills had an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats another score, but that’s how the game would end.

Woodland will play next week when they host the Cass Colonels (1-0) in an intra-county and region game at 7:30.