It was certainly not how head coach Vincent DiLorenzo wanted to start and his team has much to work on in the upcoming week of practice.
The running game was stagnant and accounted for just two yards in the second half and 28 overall. The defense gave up some big plays in the passing game, which offset long stretches of solid play by the Wildcats’ defense.
In addition, it was clear Woodland lost a little bit of its edge in the second half as the team was outgained by Villa Rica 218 to 66 in the final 24 minutes.
However, the defense made several plays throughout the contest. Woodland held Villa Rica to just three points until the final 14 seconds of the first half. The offense also made some big plays of its own thanks to receiver Qua Stocks.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
There is no doubt Stocks put up the best statistics Friday night and was the one weapon quarterback Mason Robinson had who the Villa Rica defense had no answer for. Stocks had nine catches for 157 yards, including a 54-yard catch-and-run that took the Woodland offense down to the Villa Rica 6-yard line. “I felt like the Hulk on that play. I thought I was going to score,” he said after the game. Stocks’ receving yards accounted for 157 of Woodland’s 182 total yards. He was one Wildcat who did not wear down as the game went on and had 70 yards receiving in the second half. “Our quarterback noticed early in the game that their cornerback was playing tight defense on me,” he said Friday night. “So whenever I got past him, that was it.” Defensively, he managed to limit Villa Rica’s completions downfield from his cornerback position.
BEST OF THE REST
The defense had several highlights Friday night and Ross was involved in most of them. Ross had 11 solo tackles from the linebacker position. His name was announced so often on the public address system that the announcer, at one point said, “That guy’s everywhere.”
Allen had an interception and six tackles Friday night.
Morris was another Wildcat involved on defense. Morris had seven tackles on the game.
Lewis got to the quarterback and not only recorded the sack, but forced a fumble.
Woods had some nice kick return yardage including one for 24 yards in the second half.