The Winder-Barrow High School football team will seek its first region win this week, but as has been the case all season, the opponent will not make it an easy undertaking.
The Bulldoggs, who fell on the road to Cedar Shoals last week 27-6, will host Clarke Central Friday in the home finale for 2013. The Gladiators are already one of the four teams from 8-AAAAA which will move on to state, but Clarke Central is hoping to continue to shore up its footing in the region standings.
Cedar Shoals, who has now won two games in a row, took a 13-0 first quarter lead against the Bulldoggs last week and outscored WBHS 14-6 in the first half. Joey Junius finished with 65 yards Friday and the team’s lone touchdown on only five rushes.
Teammate Chandon Sullivan finished with 72 yards and 14 carries and also had three catches for eight yards.
Despite those efforts, WBHS was not able to overcome a 192-yard rushing performance from Cedar Shoals’ Adrian Washington, who also scored three touchdowns. It was the second win in as many weeks for the Jaguars who started the season 0-6.
The WBHS Bulldoggs will try to regroup this week and overcome another region challenge, this time from Clarke Central.
The Gladiators are 5-3 overall and 4-2 in region play, but will likely be the No. 3 seed from 8-AAAAA since they have already lost to Gainesville and Flowery Branch, who remain undefeated in region play going into this week.
“Clarke Central is like they always are,” WBHS defensive coordinator Stanley Allen said. “They are big, fast and strong.”