Ranburne pitched its second straight shutout to start the season, while Woodland found itself on the wrong end of a lopsided score as the two rivals started region play against two very different opponents Friday.
The teams are preparing for their annual clash, which takes place in Woodland this Friday, with Ranburne the owner of an 8-game winning streak in the rivalry.
Ranburne had its way with Gaston last week as the Bulldogs pounded out 413 yards of total offense and ran their defensive scoreless streak to eight straight quarters to start the season.
Gunner Hollis was a menace defensively for Ranburne as he posted 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two sacks.
Christian Smith led a balanced rushing attack with six carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Sean Pollard wasn’t far off that pace as he ran for 68 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries.
Hunter Hollis had a dual-threat impact for the Ranburne offense as he rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown and also caught two passes for 33 yards and two more scores.
Quarterback Ben Jackson had a solid debut after sitting out the season opener due to injury. Jackson went 7-for-11 for 90 yards and two touchdowns, without an interception.
Gunner Hollis added two carries for 56 yards and Ranburne’s other touchdown to help the Bulldogs move to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in region play.
Woodland will be looking to hand Ranburne that first loss (and get its first win of the season) after the Bobcats struggled to a 47-6 defeat against a strong Ohatchee team last Friday.
Ohatchee entered the game ranked No. 4 in the state in class 2A and is a strong contender to defend its region title. The Indians played like it Friday as they held Woodland 114 yards of offense.
The Bobcats’ only points came from the feet of quarterback Brock Edwards, who finished with a team high 58 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Woodland has not beaten Ranburne since the Bobcats had their own 8-game winning streak snapped in 2012. If Ranburne wins Friday, the Bulldogs will own the second longest win streak in the history of the series. According to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (AHSFHS.org) Woodland won the first 10 games between the two schools from 1931-50. Since then neither team was won more than eight in a row.