Fortunately for head coach Vince DiLorenzo, his team has a clean slate entering tonight as the Wildcats take on Region 5-AAAAA rival Villa Rica on the road.
Villa Rica is coming off a 4-6 record and has a new head coach, Chad Frazier, who coached at Heritage High School the past six years.
Heritage is also a Region 5-AAAAA school, so DiLorenzo and his coaching staff may have some idea of what Frazier has up his sleeve.
“Because they have a new head coach, we have no film to go back on except what we saw with him at Heritage. We did, however, see them scrimmage. They beat Central, Carrollton,” DiLorenzo said. “They looked well-coached in the scrimmage.”
Villa Rica is led by senior quarterback Kevin Martin.
“Their quarterback reminds our defensive coordinator of Johnny Manziel,” DiLorenzo said. “He’s their spark plug. He’s definitely somebody we have to keep an eye on.”
Like Woodland, Villa Ricas’ nickname is the Wildcats. Also like Woodland, Villa Rica runs the spread offense.
“The spread is the perfect offense for them to run,” DiLorenzo said. “They have a lot of speed on offense. They run the football very well. They have a good running back, wide receivers and quarterback.”
Villa Rica’s athleticism on defense is also something Woodland will have to be mindful of.
“They are very athletic on defense,” DiLorenzo said. “They have a solid defense and a very talented nose guard who gave us fits last year.”
DiLorenzo has nothing but praise for his opponent. However, Villa Rica shares a commonality with Woodland in that it is looking to turn its program around after posting a losing record a season ago. Villa Rica has not reached the playoffs since 2008.
Woodland is hoping to improve on its the previous week’s scrimmage in which the Wildcats lost 34-13 to Cartersville and were plagued by several mistakes throughout the game.
DiLorenzo is hopeful his team will make the necessary adjustments.
“You usually do improve from your fist game to your second game,” he said. “We came in Saturday to watch film and everybody there watched the film intently.”
As for whether his team will win or not, DiLorenzo wants to see his team do the little things first.
“We hope to line up better and make better decisions on offense. Those are the things we are looking for in this game,” DiLorenzo said. “As always, we want to win the kicking game, not make mistakes and play hard.”