Woodland's 'D' comes up big
by Staff Reports
Oct 13, 2012 | 627 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During the Woodland Wildcats’ 50-35 loss to Villa Rica two weeks ago, someone made the comment that “our defense makes anybody look good.”

Such a statement came at the expense of a much-maligned Wildcats’ defense that had already allowed 45 points to Allatoona; 49 to East Paulding; and 43 to North Paulding prior to suffering their third straight loss of the season to Villa Rica.

But as the often-used phrase goes, what a difference a week makes.

In its 28-27 overtime victory against the Paulding County Patriots on homecoming night at David Hardin Stadium, Woodland (2-5, 2-5) stopped the Patriots from picking up a first down on two, potential game-changing fourth down attempts in the second half. The first one came with 5:15 remaining in the third quarter; the second with 10:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense did a great job in stopping them on fourth down,” Woodland coach Vince DiLorenzo said. “They pick up a first down, and the outcome could have been much different. It was a great effort by all our players on defense.”

Woodland took over on downs after stopping a fourth-and-1 run with Paulding County (1-7, 1-7) at the Wildcats’ 16-yard line. Paulding County again turned the ball over on downs as it failed to pick up a first down on fourth-and-5 with the Patriots at Woodland’s 40-yard line.

“Our defense came through for us at a time when our offense was not executing as well in the second half as it did in the first half,” DiLorenzo said.

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