When you lose 32 seniors off a team that had four wins the year before, you can expect to open up the season as an underdog. After Woodland won 35-7 on Friday night over Southeast Whitfield, it might have put opposing teams on notice.
Woodland got the scoring started in the first quarter with an Asa James 20-yard touchdown run, which is how Woodland would end the first quarter. The second quarter would be different as both teams would combine for 29 points.
Woodland scored first with 9:48 left in the half on a 10-yard run by quarterback JT Thomas. Southeast Whitfield would commit a penalty on the PAT, which would set Demarcus Williams up for a 2-point conversion. The Wildcats were up 15-0. Southeast Whitfield was able to answer the Woodland score with a touchdown pass from Souder to Lofton to bring the game back within a score 15-7. But Woodland wasn’t done. The Wildcats would put 14 more points on the board as Thomas and Williams would score touchdown runs, with Williams tossing a 2-point conversion to Blake Cash. At the end of the first half, Woodland led 29-7.
The third quarter was sloppy for both teams, with both teams exchanging big penalties and interceptions. In the fourth quarter, Thomas would score his third touchdown of the game and seal the 35-7 final.
Woodland will now have a bye week before traveling to East Hall on September 6th.