WOODVILLE — The Woodville football team got in the win column Friday night.
The Panthers built a 20-8 halftime lead before taking command in the second half en route to a 54-14 win at Frazier Field over visiting Class 1A Region 7 foe Gaylesville.
The win was Woodville’s fourth straight over the Trojans and snapped the Panthers’ three-game slide to start the season.
“We kind of struggled in the first half, had a lot of penalties, making mistakes,” said Woodville head coach Jay Powell. “We challenged them at halftime to clean up the mistakes, play more physical, in the second half, and for the most part, they did.”
Woodville (1-3, 1-1) led 14-0 until Gaylesville scored just before halftime. But Da’vion Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to regain the momentum for the Panthers.
Johnson, who also had a 72-yard touchdown run, closed with 180 rushing yards on 11 carries and caught three passes from quarterback Jackson Peek for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Peek also added 154 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while Brett Burger had 57 yards and an 8-yard touchdown on four carries. Damien Benson also had a 20-yard touchdown run for Woodville.
Defensively for the Panthers, Carlos Torres had 15 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery and Peek had four tackles, a fumble recovery. Samuel Peek had one fumble recovery and Zach Thompson had nine tackles.