Suspended game concluded, Cass tops Woodland 36-7

The Cass Colonels added to a lead they held when their game with Woodland was suspended Friday night and finished a defeat of the Wildcats Saturday night 36-7.

Friday night, Cass led 17-0 at halftime and was ahead 24-7 when the game was suspended for a final time that evening and carried over to Saturday’s 7 p.m. start.

The game was suspended several times earlier in the evening due to lightning strikes in the area and was haulted with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter to be resumed on Saturday. Saturday night’s action started with a Cass kickoff and a Woodland three-and-out. The Colonels then struck for a 77-yard touchdown pass from Logan Nelson to Santino Jones on their first play from scrimmage. A failed extra point left Cass with a 30-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Mark Perdue recovered a fumble and returned it to the eight yard line to set up the game's final score. David Gbadie punched it in for the Colonels for their 36-7 final score. Tanayce Calhoun (above photo by TCPics) led the Colonels in rushing with 124 yards of their team total of 227 yards. Zay Jackson added 71 yards rushing on just three carries.

Calhoun scored the Colonels’ first touchdown Friday night on an 18-yard run with 7:57 remaining in the opening quarter. He also had a 19-yard run in the drive and his first scoring run capped a 67-yard drive that took seven plays. Kaleb Speights, who converted all three of his PAT kicks Friday night, made the score 7-0. The Cass offense drove to Woodland’s 2-yard line at the end of the first quarter, but stalled due to a pair of penalties and settled for a Speights 27-yard field goal for a 10-0 advantage with 11:48 to go in the first half.

Late in the half, Cass drove 80 yards on five plays for their third touchdown. Zay Jackson scored on a 33-yard scamper with 1:39 left in the half as the Colonels took a 17-0 lead to the locker room. Jackson also had a 26-yard run in the drive. David Gbadie and Calhoun had 10- and 12-yard rushes in the drive. After an extended halftime due to the first lightning delays, Woodland took the second half kickoff and drove 75 yards in nine plays to narrow the Cass lead to 17-7. Hunter Flynt caught a 47-yard pass from Wildcats’ quarterback Johnathan Thomas and DeMarcus Williams (photo) capped off the drive by powering in from the 2-yard line. Kevin Moreno added the extra point kick. Williams led the Woodland rushing attack with 64 yards.

After Cass was stopped near midfield, punter Isai Romero barely got a punt away that pinned Woodland at the 6-yard line. From there, the Colonels defense limited the Wildcats to only one yard in the next three downs. Woodland’s punt from their own end zone traveled only 15 yards and set up the next Cass score by Calhoun — a 22-yard dash for a 24-7 Colonels’ lead.

With Cass preparing for the ensuing kickoff, officials cleared the field again for a lightning strike at almost 11 p.m. and after another lengthy delay until just after midnight, postponed the resumption until Saturday night.

The loss drops Woodland to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 7-AAAAA. The Wildcats travel to Paulding County Friday.

Cass (2-1, 1-0) will host Villa Rica this Friday.

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