At the time of Williams’ injury, the Wildcats were making Senior Night a most happy occasion for the 23 students who were honored. One of which was Williams, who hopes to play collegiate basketball or football upon graduating.
But with Williams on crutches to begin the second half, and an offense reduced to quarterback keepers and incomplete passes, Woodland’s chances of winning two straight quickly dissolved into a Lithia Springs’ 27-14 victory Friday night.
“I just fell on it wrong,” said Williams, wearing only shorts and his dark blue No. 5 jersey as he slowly made his way to Woodland’s field house at game’s end. “Fortunately, we have a bye week. So it will give me time to rest it.”
The mood inside the field house at that time though resembled that of a morgue as a disheartened Wildcats team and coaching staff assembled behind closed doors.
Up until Williams’ injury, no one could not have imagined such a somber site ever taking place. Coach Vince DiLorenzo could not have asked any more from his team with the way the Wildcats (2-6, 2-6) played in the first quarter against the visiting Lithia Springs Lions. They resembled the same Wildcats’ team that defeated Paulding County, 28-27, in overtime a week ago.
Woodland’s defense came up with two key turnovers. One was an interception by senior linebacker Dino Dorris on the Lions’ opening drive, which led to a 39-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Greg Murpy. On Lithia Springs’ second possession, Woodland recovered a fumble at the Lions’ 34-yard line. Nine plays later, it was 14-0, as Mason Robinson and Williams teamed up for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 18.9 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Then came disaster, and a turn of events that enabled the Lions to win their first game of the season.
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