The Woodville football team did not start Class 1A Region 7 play the way it wanted.
The Panthers hung tough with defending region champion Falkville for the better part of three quarters before ultimately falling 32-6.
Woodville head coach Jay Powell is reminding his team that its playoff goals remain intact entering this week’s matchup with Gaylesville.
“There’s a lot of football left,” Powell said. “Everything is still in front of us.”
Woodville (0-3, 0-1) and Gaylesville (1-1, 0-0) face off Friday at 7 p.m. at Frazier Field.
It’s the 14th all-time meeting in a series that has been played every season since Woodville began playing varsity football in 2006. Gaylesville leads the series 10-3, but Woodville has won the last three meetings.
Friday’s game is Gaylesville’s region opener. The Panthers defeated Asbury 46-6 in Week 1 before losing 20-12 to Victory Christian in Week 2.
Powell said the Trojans work offensively from both a Wing-T set similar to Woodville’s as well as some I-formation sets. A lot of times, he said, the Trojans run from the Wildcat formation.
Of Gaylesville’s 89 offensive plays this season, 83 of them have been rushing attempts.
Quarterback DJ Lee (5-of-6 for 95 yards) is Gaylesville’s leading rusher with 362 yards and six touchdowns on 56 carries. The Trojans’ next leading rusher is Tyler Bentheimer with only 39 yards and a touchdown on four carries while Michael Reynolds has 33 yards on 11 carries.
“They pretty much are going to pound it right at you,” Powell said. “We’ve got to be physical up front.”
Reynolds and Lee (19 and 18 tackles respectively) are Gaylesville’s top defenders on defense. The Trojans have allowed only 26 points in two games.
Powell said the key to success for Woodville (0-3, 0-1) is to eliminate the mistakes that have plagued it this season.
“We’ve challenged them this week to get it fixed,” he said. “Friday night’s not the time to fix it. We’ve got to fix it during the week. We’ve got to clean up the mistakes and errors that keep you from winning ball games.”