This was the case Friday night in the scrimmage between Woodland and Cartersville as the Wildcats had eight penalties in the first half to go along with three turnovers to help the Purple Hurricanes win by a score of 34-13.
“Every team that loses says the same thing,” Woodland coach Vincent DiLorenzo said. “We had too many mistakes. A team like us has to play error free and we especially can’t turn the ball over or have penalties.”
Woodland’s eight penalties cost them nearly 60 yards in the first half when both team’s varsity squads were in. The Wildcats were only able to manage 52 yards of offense in the half.
Meanwhile, Cartersville’s offense began right where it left off in 2012. The Canes had 203 yards of offense in the first half and led 28-6 when head coach Frank Barden took the starters out to begin the second half.
“I thought we did some things well offensively and I thought we did some things well defensively,” Barden said. “The good thing is they played hard.”
Barden’s team jumped on Woodland early, scoring a touchdown less than two minutes into the game. Brooks Barden hit Mark Quattlebaum with a quick pass as Quattlebaum eluded defenders after the catch to score from the 10-yard line.
Woodland would then fumble on its first two possessions. Cartersville was unable to capitalize the first time, but the Barden-to-Quattlebaum connection would strike again in the Canes’ third offensive series as Quattlebaum again displayed his speed with a 26-yard touchdown catch from Barden.
Cartersville then started the second quarter like they had the first and scored eight seconds into the period on a 46-yard run from Tiamon Pennymon.
The Wildcats were finally able to draw some momentum from their special teams unit with two blocked punts in the quarter. Grant Quick got the first block and Woodland would capitalize with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mason Robinson to Markise Smith.
However, Barden would respond on the very next possession with a 19-yard touchdown pass to promising sophomore receiver Terrius Callahan. Callahan made an impressive grab to wrap up the first-half scoring.
Isaiah Ross blocked another punt to give Woodland the ball at the Cartersville 40-yard line nearing halftime. However, an interception by Quattlebaum on a Mason Robinson pass ended a threatening drive by the Wildcats.
Quattlebaum finished with four catches for 58 yards and two scores on offense to go along with the interception. Barden finished his day 9-for-17 with 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Woodland’s starters stayed on the field in the third quarter and were able to make a big play. Robinson hit C.J. Woods as Woods broke several tackles and beat Cartersville’s defense 75 yards for the score.
Despite some nice plays and individual efforts, DiLorenzo still believes his team has a lot to work on.
“We’ll see what kind of attitude we have in film Saturday,” he said. “I think our players tried and played hard. Hopefully that trend will continue and we can clear up these mistakes.”