The No. 18 Wossman Wildcats didn’t leave the Class 3A playoff bracket without putting up a fight.

The (6-5) Wildcats certainly had their moments against No. 2 Abbeville at home, but in the end, the (11-1) Wildcats took advantage of Wossman miscues in a 28-20 second round victory.

Abbeville scored off of a turnover in the first quarter, took advantage of an ill-advised fake punt that resulted in a turnover on downs and short score and feasted on multiple Wossman turnovers. But despite Wossman losing sophomore quarterback Tristan Wooten during the game due to an injury, the Wildcats were in the fight until the very end.

The game started in Abbeville’s favor. After an interception put Abbeville on Wossman’s 37-yard line, the road Wildcats took advantage with a Tahj Judge 10-yard touchdown run.

Trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, Wossman elected to try a fake punt on fourth-and-25 from its own 14. The pass fell incomplete, allowing Abbeville to take over inside the red zone. Judge scored his second touchdown of the night to put Abbeville up 14-0.

But if the primary theme of the night was Wossman’s miscues, a secondary theme had to be Wossman’s resolve. In front of their home fans, the Wildcats came storming back in the second quarter. Zay Wooten, who started the majority of the season at quarterback, stepped in for his injured brother and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Pat Williams followed by a one-yard touchdown run by a Wildcat back later in the quarter made it a 14-14 affair at halftime.

Abbeville’s Blake Saddler broke off a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the No. 2 seed back in front, but Wossman took advantage of an Abbeville miscue at the start of the quarter to draw within one. A bad snap on a punt attempt resulted in a Wossman score but after a missed two-point conversion, Wossman trailed 21-20 in the final quarter.

Abbeville added another score with a 38-yard touchdown run to cap off the victory.  

Abbeville will host No. 7 Union Parish Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A playoffs.