Woodland wins thriller, 28-27, in overtime
by By Andrew B. Adler
Oct 13, 2012 | 1589 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It may not go down as the most important win in the history of the Woodland Wildcats’ football program, but their 28-27 victory in overtime over the Paulding County Patriots may go down as one of the most gut-wrenching second half finishes the team has ever experienced.

Players and coaches alike poured onto the field in celebration after Jesus Camarena’s fourth extra point of the game broke Woodland’s three-game losing streak and gave the Wildcats their first 5-AAAAA region win since mid-September.

“It has been a long time coming,” said coach Vince DiLorenzo, who last wore a postgame smile following Woodland’s 13-12 victory over New Manchester. “It’s a good feeling to finally win a game in which everybody played their hearts out.”

Tied at 21-21, hearts raced throughout the visiting side of Dave Hardin Stadium, as the Wildcats were given second and third lives late in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots twice lined up for potential game-winning field goals, only to see their chances for victory self-destruct.

A 20-yard field attempt with 2:42 remaining missed wide left. A 40-yard field goal try was blocked with 38.9 seconds remaining.

“Our offense gave us the points we needed to win, and our defense and special teams came up with the big plays,” DiLorenzo said.

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