E.A. Sports Today

Bobcats run over Falcons

Woodland rushes for 609 yards in 50-27 win over Dohono for first victory of season

By Dean Harrell
For East Alabama Sports Today

WOODLAND – Class 1A Region 5 has several strong running teams that are nearly unstoppable once they get going. The Woodland Bobcats were certainly not outliers to this.

Rushing for more than 600 yards, the Bobcats were nothing short of dominant on the ground Friday night in beating Donoho 50-27 for their first victory of the season.

The Bobcats (1-3, 1-1), who lost their first three games of the season, were looking forward to getting their first win of the year in front of their home crowd. The Falcons, still fighting several injuries and head coach Mark Sanders not returning for another week, were looking to steal a game on the road and get back in the win column.

Woodland’s Parker Woodham racked up a whopping 224 yards on the ground. He scored four touchdowns, including a huge 96-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“The line worked together great tonight,” Woodham said. “I give all the credit to them.”

Woodham would not be the only significant piece of the offense. Tate Bradford finished with an impressive 158 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

“We have a heck of a line that puts in work every practice, and every time I ran, the hole was there,” said Bradford.

“We had a really good offensive scheme last year, and had several returning players this season, so we were ready to have some success on offense,” said Bobcats head coach Blair Armstrong.

Woodland’s defense was also special during the first half of the game, limiting Donoho to seven points and only two first downs. In addition to slowing down the Falcons offense, that defense also was able to put some points on the board after a fumbled snap in the end zone resulted in a safety in the second quarter.

Despite the loss, the Falcons (1-4, 0-3) were able to make big plays through the air. Quarterback Ridge Hopkins had a great night, throwing for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Logan Melton finished his night with an impressive 233 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

“We were able to rally back in the second half after a few big plays on offense that sparked a fire in the guys,” Falcons interim head coach Karl Harris said. 

Woodland 50, Donoho 27

Donoho (1-4, 0-3)07713 —27
Woodland (1-3, 1-1)1415147 —50

W — Parker Woodham 13 run (Parker Woodham kick), 6:18 1Q
W — Tate Bradford 7 run (Woodham kick), 3:10 1Q
W — Safety, Eli Rollins tackle, 9:40 2Q
W — Parker Woodham 18 run (Parker Woodham kick), 7:38 2Q
D — Logan Melton 67 pass from Ridge Hopkins (Grant Steed kick), 7:18 2Q
W — Parker Woodham 1 run (PAT failed), 0:14 2Q
W — Lukea B rown 14 run (Parker Woodham kick), 3:56 3Q
D — Logan Melton 44 pass from Ridge Hopkins (Grant Steed kick), 3:22 3Q
W– Tate Bradford 78 run (Parker Woodham kick), 2:26 3Q
D — Logan Melton 80 pass from Ridge Hopkins (Grant Steed kick), 9:58 4Q
W — Parker Woodham 96 run (Parker Woodham kick), 9:17 4Q
D — Lucas Elliott 26 pass from Ridge Hopkins (Grant Steed kick)

Don (27) Wood (50)
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