Woodland wins second straight; Canes cruise to 4-0 start
Woodland won for the second straight week and opened their 2017 region slate with a victory at county-rival Cass Friday night, 20-6.
The victory also marked the Wildcats first win over Cass in five years.
Woodland scored on a Brody Williams’ 1-yard run in the second quarter to lead 7-0 at halftime and extended their lead to 14-0 on the Wildcats’ first possession of the third quarter with a Kaison Williams 6-yard run.
The first half scoring drive for Woodland was 79 yards on 12 plays. The third quarter drive was an 11-play, 47-yard drive.
A Cass touchdown pass from Logan Nelson to Cameron Gonyea with 0:22 remaining in the third quarter narrowed the Woodland lead to 14-6, but the score would get no closer.
Both teams threatened with red zone drives in the fourth quarter, but it was an interception return for touchdown that sealed the contest for the Wildcats.
Woodland's Austin Potter picked off a pass from Nelson and returned it for a score to provide the 20-7 final score. The Wildcats missed the PAT.
Kaison Williams rushed 11 times for 105 yards for the Wildcats. He was followed by Demarcus Williams who carried 15 times for 67 yards and Brody Williams who carried 10 times for 60 yards.
Woodland (2-1, 1-0 in Region 7-AAAAA) hosts Villa Rica next Friday. Cass (0-3, 0-1) travels to Hiram.
CARTERSVILLE 38, WESTLAKE 5
Cartersville completed its 2017 sweep of non-region opponents with a 38-5 victory Friday night at Class 7A Westlake.
Trevor Lawrence threw for two touchdowns and had another run that was fumbled into the end zone and recovered by the Canes' E.J. Turner for a touchdown. He finished the night 17-for-24 for 281 yards. He had over 200 yards passing in the first half alone.
Canes’ running back Rico Frye carried 15 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns plus caught three passes that included a 9-yard score.
Cartersviile led 10-0 after one quarter and 24-3 at halftime on their way to a 34th-consecutive win.
PHOTO: E.J. Turner
The Canes scored just 2:01 into the game on a 5-play, 74-yard drive. The big play was Lawrence to Turner for 42 yards with Frye scoring from three yards out. Jonathan Cruz missed a 45-yard field goal attempt later in the first quarter, but connected on a 44-yarder that gave the Hurricanes a 10-0 advantage. Frye's touchdown catch and another Frye touchdown run provided the halftime margin.
The Lions' field goal was a 45-yarder.
Lawrence connected with Turner for a 26-yard touchdown with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter to go up 31-3 and Turner's recovered fumble for touchdown made the score 38-3 after three quarters.
The only score in a running clock fourth quarter was a safety recorded by Westlake with under two minutes remaining in the game.
J’Kobe Orr caught four passes for 98 yards for Cartersville. Turner had two grabs for 68 yards and a score. T.J. Horton added five receptions for 46 yards.
Westlake -- who made the Class 7A state semifinals last season -- fell to 1-2 on the year with the loss. The Lions play at McEachern next Friday.
Trevor Lawrence / Rico Frye
PHOTO CREDIT: Chad Simmons, Yahoo/Rivals
Cartersville (4-0) hosts Region 5-AAAA rival Cedartown on Friday, September 22 at Weinman Stadium following a bye week next Friday.
NOTE: Cartersville statistics provided by Andrew Houghton, The Daily Tribune News