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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Woodland finding dedicated players
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
August 23, 2013 03:30 PM | 1700 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Woodland varsity football players linebacker/fullback Isaiah Ross and offensive/ defensive lineman Jon Austin.
From left, Woodland varsity football players linebacker/fullback Isaiah Ross and offensive/ defensive lineman Jon Austin.
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The Woodland Wildcats are struggling to find out which players really want to put in the needed effort to improve last season’s record.

After finishing the 2012 season 2-8, head coach Vince DiLorenzo said summer workouts have shown which players are dedicated to improving the team.

“Workouts are kind of a double-edged sword. We have the players that are showing up and working hard, but unfortunately there are some spotty players that we are counting on,” he said. “We’re trying to find out who wants to play, meaning who will show up and not make excuses.”

Throughout the summer the Wildcats have been doing seven-on-seven drills and working on the passing game, both executing and defending. DiLorenzo said the players also are working on their physical strength and mental toughness.

Woodland returns five starters on offense and five on defense for the 2013 season. They will have 16 seniors on the team this year and 16 freshmen as well on a squad of around 70 players.

DiLorenzo said the players they have are working hard and are very coachable. On top of that, he said his coaching staff is continuing to work hard as well, learning more and trying to do better.

At the end of the day, DiLorenzo said he would like to put a team on the field that works hard and plays “with class.”

Head coach: Vince DiLorenzo, third season at Woodland (6-14-0).

Region: 5-AAAAA

Key returners: QB Mason Robinson, R Qua Stocks, R Quadre Allen, OT John Austin, S Grant Quick, DT Brandy Jernigan, LB Isaiah Ross, DE Jermel Lewis

Last year: 2-8 overall; tied for eighth in Region 5-AAA

SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 at Villa Rica

Aug. 30 at Allatoona

Sept. 6 East Paulding

Sept. 13 at New Manch.

Sept. 20 South Paulding

Sept. 27 North Paulding

Oct. 4 Bye

Oct. 11 Paulding County

Oct. 18 at Lithia Springs

Oct. 25 Bye

Nov. 1 Hiram

Nov. 8 Rome
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