But coach Larry Strain said it was what his players did when they got back up that made the difference as the unranked Bobcats knocked off No. 1 Fultondale 25-24.
The game-winning touchdown came with 34 seconds remaining as John Wes Adcock found John David Jacobs in traffic on a 9-yard scoring strike.
“This was just a tribute to our kids,” Strain said. “It was a really, really physical game … (Tyler) Rollins got laid out one time across the middle (in the second half) and he got his butt right back up and went back to the huddle.
“That one play really fired our kids up.”
Strain also said prior to Jacobs’ touchdown pass, he had taken a hard hit and it was questionable at that point if he was coming back into the game.
In addition to getting back up after literally getting knocked down, Woodland did it figuratively, too.
Woodland trailed 14-0 early and battled its way back to a 17-12 halftime deficit after an Adcock-to-Rollins scoring pass and a 19-yard run by Colby Spears.
“We were on a very high note at halftime,” Strain said. “We really thought we were going to win this ballgame.”
But the high note quickly soured as the Bobcats fumbled at the start of the second half and Fultondale turned the mistake into points.
Woodland continued to trudge along, getting a 9-yard run by Mikey Howard and the eventual game winner.
Howard finished with 23 carries for 163 yards and the touchdown as Woodland rushed for 242 yards and piled up 340 yards of total offense.
“Being able to run the ball helped us the most,” Strain said. “It kept their offense off the field.”