Woodland improved to 3-0 and won its second straight over Cass Friday night at the Colonels’ Doug Cochran Stadium, 17-7.
The intra-county battle was the Region 7-AAAAA opener for both teams.
Titus Jones scored the game’s first touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 3:55 left in the first quarter. The play capped off a 66-yard drive that took eight plays and came on the heels of a blocked Cass field goal attempt. It was the first of three times in the game the Wildcats' would thwart the Colonels deep in Woodland territory -- twice in the red zone. Cass had driven deep into Woodland territory and was in position for a 24-yard field goal attempt that was blocked prior to the Wildcats’ drive.
Down 7-0, Cass drove 74 yards in 10 plays to knot the score 7-7 in the opening minute of the second quarter. Colonels’ quarterback Rett Moore punched in a two-yard run with 11:03 remaining in the half and Kaleb Speights added the Cass PAT.
The game remained tied until late in the third quarter when Woodland took advantage of a Cass turnover.
Demarcus Williams (photo) found the end zone on a two-yard run to culminate a 10-play, 39-yard touchdown drive that gave Woodland a 14-7 lead after the second PAT of the night by Ronny Ramirez. Williams finished the night with 71 rushing yards.
Ramirez converted a fourth quarter, 34-yard field goal for the game’s final points. The kick gave the Wildcats a 17-7 lead with 7:01 remaining and finished off a nine-play drive that covered 41 yards.
Photo courtesy TC Pics Photography
Justice Carter added 100 yards rushing on 20 carries for Woodland. Thomas Gilliam led the Cass rushing attack with 85 yards.
The second straight loss dropped Cass to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (3-0, 1-0) hosts Paulding County next Friday.
ADAIRSVILLE TAKES HOMECOMING VICTORY
The Adairsville Tigers won their 2018 Homecoming game and Region 6-AAA opener Friday night over Coahulla Creek, 41-10.
The game started approximately 30 minutes late due to a weather system moving through the area and the visiting Colts actually took an early lead.
Coahulla Creek drove 44 yards on 16 plays, but settled for a field goal and a short-lived 3-0 lead.
Adairsville’s Savaun Henderson returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and a Tigers’ 7-3 lead.
Adairsville added to their lead in the opening minute of the second quarter. Mason Boswell scored the touchdown on a two yard run for a 14-3 Tigers’ lead.
Adairsville scored again in the final minute of the half to grab a 22-3 lead at halftime. Courtney Slocum scored on a 13-yard touchdown run and Nic Jackson ran in a two-point conversion.
In the third quarter, Michael King caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cade Bate for the Colts’ only touchdown and narrowed the margin to 22-10, but Boswell answered 17 seconds later with an 80-yard touchdown run that put the Tigers up 28-10 after a missed PAT.
Photo by Randy Parker, The Daily Tribune News
Later in the third period, Derrick Simmons (photo) scored on a 34-yard touchdown run and Malachi Gardner found the end zone on a 37-yard pick six to provide the final two Adairsville scores and a 41-10 final.
The loss keeps Coahulla Creek winless through the Colts’ first three games.
Adairsville (2-1, 1-0) travels to Haralson County next Friday night.
CANES' TD SHUTOUT STREAK CONTINUES WITH BLANKING OF McNAIR
Cartersville continued a dominant start to the 2018 season Friday night with a 70-0 blanking of visiting McNair at Weinman Stadium.
The win was a third straight game for the Cartersville defense without allowing a touchdown and the Canes’ offense has averaged 53 points in those wins.
The only points scored against Cartersville this season was a second half field goal by Luella.
The Hurricanes scored on seven of their first eight possessions in the game and led 35-0 at halftime.
Marcus Gary had short touchdown runs of six and four yards in the first half. Quarterback Tee Webb added touchdown passes to Marquail Coaxum and Trendan Horton, and Coaxum also had a 20-yard interception return for a score for five first half touchdowns.
In the third quarter, Webb added three more touchdown tosses to finish his night with five scoring strikes and 339 yards. He was 16 of 25 passing with second half TD passes to Devonte Ross, Jackson Lowe, and Marko Dudley.
Webb (photo) has 11 touchdown passes in the last two games.
Cartersville backup quarterback Evan Slocum had a four-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter and Quante Jennings punched in a one-yard scoring run as the Canes reached their 70-0 final score.
McNair, who had wins over Towers and Redan to start the season, slipped to 2-1 on the year.
Cartersville (3-0) will host Class AAAAAAA Cherokee next Friday at 7:30 p.m.