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|Wossman falls short in playoff bid|
The Wossman Wildcats (4-6) fell to Green Oaks (4-6) by a score of 28-20 Friday night to end their bid for a spot in this season's Class 3-A football playoffs.
The Green Oaks Giants set the tone early with several big plays on defense to keep the Wildcats off balance. Some stops in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference for the Giants squad.
"They were real good defensively," Wossman head coach Vince Landrum said. "We did not hold on to the football enough and that hurt."
Green Oaks sputtered in the first half, thanks to two new offensive lineman making the adjustment up front in the trenches. JaTrevton Bledsoe and Ronnie Lewis were filling in for injured senior guards Kevin and Evan Carter. Injuries in the game the week prior forced Bledsoe and Lewis into action for their team.
Wossman built an effective lead of 14-0 after a several Green Oaks turnovers stalled their offensive production in the first quarter.
Wossman, however, would return the favor with a pair of very costly second half miscues leading to fumbling the football back to Green Oaks.
The Wossman defense, being out on the field for large spurts in the second half, led to the demise of the Wildcats' playoff dream. Wossman was led on defense by defensive back Quentin Jacobs. Jacobs recorded three interceptions, with the first two coming in the opening quarter of play.
Jacobs was instrumental in putting the Wildcats and quarterback Bam Charleston in position to take the early second-quarter advantage.
Junior running back Tony Davenport of Green Oaks led all rushers with 205 yards and three touchdown runs.
Wossman will now look to the future with a program still hungry to return to a deep playoff run.
The running game should be in good hands with the return of Wilbert Williams and an offensive line that started the season with a learning curve but opened some good holes for the running backs late in the season.
Injuries to Charleston and others mounted up against Wossman this season. The Wildcats may be looking at a more stringent off-season training program to attempt to avoid major injury and keep their young men on the football field.
The future is always uncertain in a reclassification year, which will happen in March for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Wossman projects to stay in 3-A and has rivals all across the area in that is always a good fit in their district.