“It was a great feeling to get the first win of the season last week. Our defensive coaches had a great game plan and the players executed almost perfectly,” said Woodland head football coach Vince DiLorenzo.
On their home field, the Wildcats were able to take down New Manchester in their very first meeting, giving the Jaguars their second loss of the year.
With Woodland not having many players, earlier in the season they played many of their athletes on offense as well as defense, which began to wear on the players. Against New Manchester, DiLorenzo tried to minimize how many players would go both ways, and he said it helped.
“One of the keys [to our victory] was we did not play many players both ways, which meant we were fresher on both sides of the ball,” said DiLorenzo. “Also, when your defense plays as well as ours did, it’s a good feeling to know you don’t have to score a lot of points to have a chance to win.”
DiLorenzo had some players that stood out on both sides of the ball such as Qua Stocks and RJ Williams on offense. Khalil Morris, Freddy Werner and Dino Dorris were the key players on defense that night.
According to DiLorenzo, Werner saved the Wildcats’ lead as he made the initial hit to prevent the Jaguars from converting on a two-point conversion which would have put them ahead by one. Werner also “knocked down” the Jaguars’ last pass, in a fourth down situation, which was New Manchester’s last chance at pulling out the win.
Even though his team played well throughout the game, DiLorenzo said he was still uneasy until the final snap.
“I did not relax until RJ Williams took the final knee and I knew we didn’t have to snap again,” DiLorenzo said.
However, the Wildcats fell to 1-3 following a 27-3 loss to South Paulding Friday night.
This Friday, the Wildcats hope to get another win as they take on the North Paulding Wolfpack at home. North Paulding is 3-1 on the season, following a 43-27 win over Hiram Friday.