Woodland places 4th at first-ever GHSA Game Day cheer competition


Woodland competed in a brand-new GHSA-sanctioned cheer competition in February and seemed right at home in the environment.

The Wildcats placed fourth in Class 4A-5A division in the inaugural Game Day Invitational Feb. 23 at Putnam County High in Eatonton.

The preliminary round of the new event included sections of crowd-leading cheer, band chant and fight song. In Woodland's division only five of the 11 teams advanced from the preliminary round to the finals, although scores reset at that point.

In the finals, a situational segment was also added, forcing the team to make a split-second decision about which cheer to do based on what an announcer called out.

Joining Woodland in the top five of the 4A-5A division were champion Denmark, Wayne County, Mary Persons and Carrollton. Morgan County debuted as A-3A champions, while North Gwinnett captured the first 6A-7A title.