The two teams have been placed in Region 7-A North under the latest proposal by the Georgia High School Association and they are scheduled to meet the week before their region play-in games. The proposal has not been finalized but it is the second proposal issued by the GHSA and is expected to ultimately win final approval.
Vince DiLorenzo, Woodland head football coach, and Rick Casko, Cass athletic director, welcomed the change as they prepare to begin membership in the sub-region, comprised of Woodland, Dalton, Cass, Rome, Creekview, Sequoyah and River Ridge. Region 7-A South includes Sprayberry, Kell, Forsyth Central, North Springs, Riverwood and Cambridge.
“It’s be a home game at the end of season for us,” DiLorenzo said. “It has a chance to mean a whole lot, but I’d prefer it was played earlier. That way our crowds would be better. But it’s still a rivalry game.”
The coach said there’s another change awaiting, too.
“It’ll be different with coach Casko not there,” he said.
Casko on Thursday announced his resignation as head football coach at Cass but he will remain as athletic director at the school.
“Woodland is a great in-county game,” Casko said. “It’s a good rivalry and it will draw a good gate and be well attended. It’s always great to play an in-county rival.”
DiLorenzo said his proposed schedule features two sub-region crossover games, a play-in game, one more game and a scrimmage.
“We are scheduled to play a scrimmage game against Cartersville on Aug. 22 and then play Adairsville at home the next week,” he said.
DiLorenzo said both are welcome matchups against county rivals.
Woodland’s schedule then includes a trip to Cambridge; hosting Forsyth Central; a trip to Dalton; hosting Creekview; a visit to Sequoyah and then River Ridge followed by an open date, hosting Rome; hosting Cass and a play-in game to conclude the regular season. The play-in games are based on the team’s season record.
DiLorenzo said the schedule includes just two teams the Wildcats played a year ago, the Rome Wolves and the scrimmage against Cartersville, but Woodland fans will get to see some of the state’s best football teams.
“These are definitely good, quality football teams,” he said. “We have more teams in our region who made the playoffs than any in AAAAA. We had five teams. Our region, based on playoff experience, is the toughest in state. That’s the way it goes. We’re going to work hard. That’s what we can control, how hard we work and how hard we prepare.”
Cass is scheduled to play most of the same teams Woodland is facing although there are differences.
The Colonels are to play Adairsville in a scrimmage whose date has not been finalized.
It will visit Cartersville to play its first gameof the season, visit Kell, host North Springs, visit Creekview then have an open date. After the open date, Cass entertains Rome then Dalton at home, visits Sequoyah, hosts River Ridge and visits Woodland just before its play-in game on the road.
Casko said the Colonels will be facing several teams with familiar faces.
“We’re playing Adairsville and Cartersville,” he said. “They will make for an exciting Friday night.”
He said the Cass-Cartersville rivalry has a long history.
“Cartersville has done a great job,” Casko said. “They have good talent and they have been doing very well. It makes it more exciting because Frank [Barden]’s doing a great job. The rivalry, the excitement, the attendance, the gates make it a big game. That’s the only game we scheduled.
“All our others are region games or crossovers.”