Wildcats fall to top-ranked Wolves
The Woodland Wildcats had no answers Friday night for the No. 1 ranked Rome Wolves as they suffered a 48-7 Region 7-AAAAA home loss.
“I think our kids came out and showed they had some fight in them,” Woodland head coach Tony Plott said. “They came out and fought and played very hard. We executed real well. Our kids moved the ball great against them and played well on defense at times.
“Rome is very good, and I think our kids knew what to expect from them. There are things they did that we didn’t have an answer for. We’re going to keep working to get better.”
Jamious Griffin led the way for the wolf pack on the ground with three touchdowns. Griffin posted over 100 yards in just the first half of the game, while Knox Kadum completed 9-of-11 passes for 148 yards for the night.
“The defense we were playing against was loaded up to stop the run,” Rome head coach John Reid said. “I thought he (Griffin) did a good job at finding the holes. They played an aggressive man defense.”
Griffin scored his first of three TDs within the first two minutes of action. Woodland quickly responded, stringing together a series of drives that resulted in a 19-yard score by Justice Carter, who finished with 119 yards.
Rome (6-0, 4-0) pounced on the Wildcats shortly after Woodland (4-2, 2-2) scored and never gave the home team a chance to recover. They would go on to score on their next five possessions of the first half, leading 42-7 at the break.
The third quarter started with a running clock and with Woodland handing the ball back to Rome. On third-and-10 Quavantae Holmes intercepted the ball, running it back into Wildcat territory. The following play made for an easy 5-yard touchdown by Xavier Roberts. The following extra point by Alonzo Rodriguez was no good.
Woodlands next possession resulted in them recovering a fumbled punt return. However, after 11 snaps and four first downs, they weren’t able to capitalize, as they turned the ball back over on downs.
“That’s a good team we played, and they have a very tough offense to stop,” Reid said. “Hats off to Tony, he’s done a remarkable job. They’re tough to play against. I think he’s done a fantastic job.”
The Wildcats will host Carrollton (5-1) next Friday at 7:30 p.m.