As exciting as Winder-Barrow High School’s comeback victory against Cedar Shoals was last Friday, it was Clarke Central’s win which turned heads in Region 8-AAAAA.

The Gladiators stunned Gainesville — and the entire region — with a 44-7 victory which now has the postseason race truly up in the air with several teams still alive.

Clarke Central, which is now 3-4 overall, but more importantly 3-3 in 8-AAAAA, rolls into W. Clair Harris Stadium, this Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. contest with the Bulldoggs. Both teams are in need of a victory.

“In watching the game on film they played well (against Gainesville),” WBHS coach Heath Webb said. “However, everything went right for them. It was a crazy game to watch. Gainesville had six turnovers and some were freakish.”

Gainesville gave up a safety where the Red Elephants’ quarterback dropped the football in the endzone. There was one interception returned for a touchdown.

“Clarke Central got after it though,” Webb said. “They deserved to win the game. They played strong defense. That win puts them back in the mix. They will play Loganville the last week of the season and that game will likely have a lot of meaning in terms of the playoffs.”

In many ways, the upset win last Friday by the Gladiators benefits the Bulldoggs.

“That makes us focus on playing this game the right way,” Webb said. “We might have been a little overconfident last Friday. That happens when you are dealing with teenagers. They look at a team’s record and go in overconfident. Doing what Clarke Central did to Gainesville, that shouldn’t happen now.”

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