DALLAS -- Turnovers came back to bite Woodstock as it lost 35-21 on Friday at North Paulding.
The Wolfpack (4-0) got the game started with an 8-yard scramble by quarterback Kyle Bird. They had cashed in on a muffed punt that gave North Paulding the ball on Woodstock’s 8-yard line.
Bird had a great night, ending with 168 passing yards and 52 on the ground. He accounted for three of the Wolfpack’s touchdowns on the evening.
Bird connected with Preston Rogers for North Paulding's second touchdown of the night, a 21-yard pass midway through the second quarter. After the half, Bird continued his brilliant performance by hooking up with Tanner Bentley for a 7-yard pitch-and-catch that marked 21 straight unanswered points for North Paulding.
Woodstock (0-4) struggled to move the ball against North Paulding’s defense, but it did have some sparks at times.
“I think that we got better again tonight," Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. "We've just got to put it all together.”
A blocked field goal for the Woodstock kept the game at 7-0 in favor of North Paulding. However, the Wolverines could not find any traction with their offense.
Leading the way for Woodstock was junior quarterback Walker Ormsby. All night Ormsby was forced to keep plays alive with his feet and he finished the night with 108 passing yards passing and two touchdowns.
Woodstock also saw a solid performance turned in by junior running back Ryan Hooper, who finished with a hard-earned 43 yards on the ground.
After trailing 14-0 at the half, Woodstock came out and finally got on the board with a 9-yard Ormsby throw to Colby Cox.
Budde liked how his team responded after the half.
“We didn’t make so many mistakes," he said. "We were able to run the ball, which helped us.”
The game seemed to be in North Paulding’s hands all night and finally put it away for good when Latrell Jewsome broke off a 60-yard touchdown run with a counter sealed off by fullback Ethan Goad. That gave North Paulding a 35-14 lead.
A final touchdown pass for Woodstock's Robbie Roper finished the scoring with North Paulding winning 35-21.
Woodstock will continue its three game road trip by visiting North Forsyth next week. North Paulding will enjoy a bye week before traveling to Campbell on Oct. 4.