Winder-Barrow High School will return to the confines of W. Clair Harris Stadium this week to host high-powered Flowery Branch.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 23-13 loss to Heritage in Region 8-AAAAA action on the road last Friday. WBHS is now 1-4 overall and 0-3 in region play.
Hunter Cooper was 6-of-13 through the air for the Bulldoggs against Heritage for 162 yards and a touchdown. Chandon Sullivan was the team’s leading rusher with 40 yards on 11 attempts. CeCe Green was the top receiver with two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Sullivan also had a catch for 52 yards while Markesio Anderson grabbed two catches for 42 yards.
Defensively, Cole Baggett had four tackles and five assists while Tyler Junius recorded seven tackles and two assists. Trey Russell added three solo stops and three assists while Sullivan had six tackles with three assists. Soloman Sims contributed five tackles and three assists while Jeremy Ramsey finished with four tackles and four assists.
The Bulldoggs will try to get in the win column this week, but it won’t be easy.
Flowery Branch is 4-0 in region play and is coming off a 42-20 win against Apalachee last week at home.
“It will be a tough task,” WBHS defensive coordinator Stanley Allen said. “Our kids played their hearts out at Heritage. We will have to flat get after Flowery Branch to have a chance. They have a slot receiver who looks as if he is seven foot tall. They have a right tackle about the same height.”
Bulldogg offensive coordinator Andrew Johnson knows the challenge that awaits the offense as well for WBHS.
“They are a good defense that is not flashy, but very sound,” Johnson said. “They don’t blitz much and are always in the right place. They don’t overpursue. With that being said, they have several college level athletes who are part of their defense.”