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Colonels win at Woodland, 31-7

Cass football

The Cass Colonels made it a sweep of their county rivals Friday night, bounced back from a tough loss the week before, and picked up a region victory in a 31-7 victory at Woodland.

The Colonels, who committed a pair of early turnovers on special teams, found themselves trailing the Wildcats 7-0 early on the heals of a tough loss to Sonoraville the week before.

Cass responded, however, with 31-unanswered points to improve to 2-1 on the year.

The win, combined with their season opening blanking of Adairsville, gave the Colonels a sweep of the other two Bartow County schools in 2016.

Woodland scored first on a 32-yard run by Alex Quintero and held a 7-0 lead, but it would be all Colonels from that point forward.

Cass linebacker Tripp Breden tied the game in the second quarter on a 60-yard fumble recovery and return for touchdown. Later in the half, Colonels' quarterback Brett Gaddy connected with Laizon West for a 71-yard strike. Anthony Robledo, who missed a 33-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter, nailed both PATs for a 14-7 Cass lead at halftime.

Ant Lester had a 64-yard run into the red zone to set up a Woodland threat early in the second half, but the Colonels defense stiffened and the Wildcats failed on a 24-yard field goal attempt. Gaddy threw touchdown passes to Devin Pritchett and Terry Berdin in the second half. Pritchett's catch was a 17 yarder. Berdin's score was on a 27-yard toss and catch.

Woodland threatened one more time late in the fourth quarter, but was stopped on a fourth and goal play with 2:35 remaining and the Colonels' reserves ran out the clock.

Cass (2-1, 1-0) will host Hiram next Friday at Doug Cochran Stadium. Hiram (2-1, 0-1) lost in overtime Friday to Paulding County. Woodland (0-3, 0-1) travels to Villa Rica (2-1, 1-0) for a battle of Wildcats. Villa Rica beat winless East Paulding Friday night, 17-7. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7:30pm.

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