The Winder-Barrow High School football team will look to rebound this Friday after a one-sided defeat on the road to Gainesville last week.
The Bulldoggs (1-2 overall, 0-1 in Region 8-AAAAA) were overwhelmed by the Red Elephants 68-0 in a game where Gainesville standout quarterback Deshaun Watson put up more big numbers. Watson passed more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in a little more than a half of football. He has now passed for 10,000 career yards and did so on his 18th birthday.
WBHS was held to less than 100 yards of offense as the Bulldoggs struggling in all areas against the defending state champions.
The Bulldoggs did have two defensive stops in the first half but still trailed 35-0 at the break. On Gainesville’s fourth series, WBHS forced a three-and-out. On the following offensive possession, the Red Elephants failed to convert a fourth and one.
Defensively, there were some individual standouts for the Bulldoggs. Cole Baggett had a pass breakup in the endzone during the Red Elephants’ first scoring drive. Jeremy Ramsey also caused a fumble on a punt by WBHS in the first quarter.
Colin Shannon continues to have a standout season on special teams handling punts and kickoffs.
The Bulldoggs will look to get in the win column in region play this week as they host Salem for homecoming Friday at 7:30 p.m. at W. Clair Harris Stadium. The Seminoles are also coming off a region loss as they fell to county rival Heritage 17-14. Salem fell to Rockdale County and defeated Wesleyan in non-region contests.
“Salem is a mirror image of Gainesville, just not with the same kind of players,” said WBHS defensive coordinator Stan Allen. “It looks like they took a Gainesville film and just installed that offense. They do run some triple option that Gainesville does not. Their quarterback is a real player. He can flat fly. They are not near as big as in the past, but they will get after you.”
It will take a solid effort by WBHS to win this week, Allen said.
“We are going to have to play really well and play assignment football to stick with them,” the defensive coordinator said. “They are a very dangerous team. We will have to also tackle well. At least we have them at home. The homer calls they got last year were horrendous. We are going to have to heal up and grow up in a hurry. The kids are excited to go after the Seminoles. I am also.”
DOGG NOTES: Chandon Sullivan averaged 27 yards per kickoff return Friday night against Gainesville. Colin Shannon had a 36.8 average per punt.
Defensively, Cole Baggett had two tackles and three assists while Jeremy Ramsey had three tackles and five assists, including two tackles for a loss. Bradyn Randall finished with four tackles and two assists with Soloman Sims adding two tackles, one assist and one tackle for a loss. Brandon Hayes also had five solo stops.