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Loganville 57, Winder-Barrow 18

LOGANVILLE -- It took Loganville only two plays to prove it was serious about making the state playoffs.

That's how long Red Devils needed to score their first touchdown. Storm Johnson ran for a 68-yard TD, the first of his three, to set the pace for a 57-18 win over Winder-Barrow at Red Devil Stadium.

The victory, combined with Apalachee's win over Salem, earned Loganville (6-4) the No. 4 playoff spot from Region 8-AAAA.

"We came out tonight and tried to do everything perfect," Johnson said. "It all turned out right."

Johnson, who has verbally committed to the University of Miami, continued to live up to his billing as one of the nation's top backs. He rushed 10 times for 224 yards and scored on runs of 68, 5 and 74 yards.

He also threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Sam Jones after taking a direct snap in the Wildcat Formation. Johnson, a senior transfer from Buford, didn't play after midway in the third quarter.

"It feels good to get in the playoffs," said Loganville quarterback A.J. Schmidt. "We're in the playoffs now and we're looking to go 5-0 and win the state championship."

Schmidt did his part against Winder-Barrow, too. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 86 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown to Desean Ledbetter. Mykel Wyyet also ran nine times for 100 yards and scored two touchdowns. Loganville had little trouble moving the ball against Winder-Barrow and even had its third-team offense take a knee near the goal line rather than pad the score as the running clock expired.

"We've struggled defensively for a good part of the season," said Winder-Barrow coach Ben Corley. "We have not been able to make a play when we've had the opportunity. Tonight was another chapter in that."

Winder-Barrow (2-8) got a strong offensive performance from quarterback Christian Davila and receiver Trent Demeritte, who hooked up for three touchdowns. Davila completed 22 of 25 passes for 230 yards and Demeritte caught 12 passes for 155 yards, including touchdowns of 53, 3 and 40 yards. Davila finished the season with 2,081 yards and 18 touchdowns and Demeritte wound up with 60 catches and 11 touchdowns.

Kendrick Davis led the Bulldoggs in rushing, gaining 74 yards on 13 carries.

Loganville will open the playoffs next week against the top seed from Region 6-AAAA, most likely on the road against state-ranked Sandy Creek. The opponent doesn't matter; Loganville is just happy to be invited to participate in the postseason.

"Making the playoffs was our goal," Johnson said. "We've got to get ready to play and surprise people."