WINDER - Defense was the story at W. Clair Harris Stadium as Cedar Shoals stifled Winder-Barrow 29-7 in Region 8-AAAA on Friday night.
The Cedar Shoals offense finally wore down a gutsy Winder-Barrow defense over the course of the game to put up 29 points despite an astounding 18 penalties for 154 yards. The Jaguars were able to pile up 352 yards of total offense - 283 on the ground and 69 through the air - but constantly went backwards with penalties along with three turnovers.
The Bulldoggs' offense had no answer for the Jaguars' defense. Winder-Barrow managed just 135 yards of total offense - 66 of those yards coming on the Bulldoggs' lone scoring drive of the night when quarterback Christian Davila found Kendrick Davis on a 3-yard scoring pass.
But the rest of night was spent in offensive futility as Winder-Barrow (0-2 overall, 0-2 region) managed just 31 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Trailing the entire game, the Bulldoggs were forced to throw the ball and did put up 104 yards through the air, but it wasn't enough to generate enough points and put pressure on the Jaguars.
"We played defense all night and I'm proud of those guys," said Winder-Barrow head coach Ben Corley. "We played well all night, but we finally just wore down against a big physical team. We got a couple of turnovers early in the game, but we turned around the turned the ball right back over to them. We also had some field position early, but we just couldn't get anything going.
"It was a little bit different than last week, though, and that was our goal to be better than last week. We're not happy about not winning, but we were more physical and played hard."
Cedar Shoals (2-1 overall, 2-1 region) took an 8-0 halftime lead when quarterback Martay Mattox hit James Gordon on a 24-yard pass. Rashad Dalton then found TaBrian Resby on a two-point conversion pass and the Jaguars were out in front for good.
Cedar Shoals added to its lead in the third quarter when the Jaguars began to wear down the Bulldoggs' defense. De De Lattimore scored on runs of 14 and 3 yards to push the Cedar Shoals' lead out to 22-0. Mattox completed the scoring for Cedar Shoals late in the fourth quarter when he recovered his own fumble in the end zone.