Hoping for a strong start to a contest, Winder-Barrow High School head coach David Wagner once again saw his team dealt an early deficit, one which proved to be too much to climb back from.
“There were some turnovers that changed the tide pretty quick,” Wagner said. “You can’t turn it over against good teams. When you do, things are not going to be on your side and not give you the end result you are looking for.” Friday night’s result was a 32-7 setback to host Loganville. The Bulldoggs continue to seek their initial win of 2010 while the Red Devils remain in the thick of the playoff chase.
Winder-Barrow went three-and-out on its opening possession despite having good starting field position on a return by Atrez Gladmon.
The teams began to settle in for what appeared to be a defensive struggle as Loganville also had to punt on its initial series. After forcing another Bulldogg punt, the Red Devils drew first blood on a 64-yard score from Garrett Ford to Aaron Kennedy.
WBHS would fumble the ensuing kickoff helping put LHS back in business again at the Bulldogg 17-yard line. Overcoming some miscues of their own, the Red Devils eventually moved in front 14-0 on a 2-yard run by Bruce Wilcox.
Taking advantage of good field position again, LHS scored its third touchdown of the night, this time from standout running back Mykel Wyatt.
WBHS would get to within 20-7 after a 6-yard run by Gladmon. The Bulldoggs had to finish the drive twice as a penalty took away what would have been a score from C.J. Hall.
Coach Eric Godfrey’s Red Devils added a 36-yard field goal from Matt Flynn before halftime for a 23-7 advantage. Of all the stats associated with Friday’s Region 8-AAAA matchup, one stands out: turnovers. WBHS had four while LHS had none. Wyyet finished with 101 yards on 17 carries as the Red Devils remain in playoff contention in a key matchup with Flowery Branch this week. WBHS will host Salem for its homecoming contest.
“You never know what might have happened had we taken the early lead,” Wagner said. “This week, I would love for us to jump out to an early lead and see how we play. That didn’t happen against Loganville and it put us behind the 8-ball early. We have to be able to do what is necessary to take early control of a contest. That is what we are working to do.”