The Buccaneers (1-0) scored early and often against the outmanned Wildcats (0-2), and the stadium was filled with cannon smoke from the team’s seven touchdowns.
Josh Bettistea paced Allatoona with 147 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.
Bettistea scored on runs of 3 and 40 yards, and the Buccaneers built a 28-0 advantage early in the second quarter. Although Allatoona rushed for a total of 308 yards, the defense was what coach Gary Varner wanted to talk about after the game.
“Our offensive line played well, but our defense came out and set the tone for us early,” he said. “Our defensive coaches always have our defense ready to play, and (Friday) was no different. This feels great to get our first win and to play so many young guys.”
Bettistea got to watch the game from the bench midway through the second quarter because of Allatoona’s large lead.
The Buccaneers didn’t miss a beat, though.
After Bettistea’s night was finished, Russell Halimon and Bryant Dallas took over on the ground. Halimon carried the ball six times for 77 yards and two touchdowns, and Dallas gained 79 yards and one touchdown on only seven carries.
Allatoona’s ground game wasn’t the only offensive highlight against the Wildcats. Quarterback Conor Larson only completed three passes on the night, but two of them went for touchdowns.
Larson threw a 12-yard scoring strike to Antonio Ezell early in the second quarter to pad Allatoona’s lead to three touchdowns. Then, midway through the second quarter, Larson again connected with Ezell on a 5-yard scoring pass to give the Buccaneers a 36-0 advantage.
Woodland coach Vince DiLorenzo said his team was at a disadvantage before the game even began.
“We just aren’t deep enough against teams like Allatoona,” DiLorenzo said. “We have too many guys playing both ways and that is going to catch up with you. Our goal is to get better in every practice and to strap it up and play our hardest when we get off the bus every Friday night.”
Allatoona’s defense held Woodland to a total of 84 yards in the game, with most of those yards coming in the second half, after the Buccaneers made multiple substitutions.