ATHENS - Cedar Shoals used two touchdown runs by James Gordon and a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tyrell Hood to seal a dominant fourth quarter for the Jaguars, who defeated visiting Winder-Barrow 39-13.
"We've been struggling offensively for three or four weeks here, so this was a big night for us," Cedar Shoals head coach Xarvia Smith said. "We finally executed a little bit better and kids blocked things a little bit better this week and we had some explosive runs from our running backs."
However the game was much closer than the final score indicated. With just under 10 minutes to play, Winder-Barrow (0-2, 0-2 Region 8-AAAA) was driving, down only 19-13 and looking to at least tie and possibly take the lead from Cedar Shoals (2-1, 2-1).
Then things went drastically wrong. A bad snap took the visiting Bulldoggs from the Jaguar 30-yard line all the way back to the 47 and two plays later Bulldogg quarterback Christian Davila fumbled, leading to a Cedar touchdown.
"We've got to take care of the football and quit killing our own drives," Winder-Barrow head coach Ben Corley said. "We moved the ball at times and we had them at the end of the third and early fourth quarter and had a chance to take the lead and we end up snapping the ball over our head and wind up turning it over on that drive."
The Winder-Barrow offense had five turnovers, two leading to Cedar touchdowns.
With 1:24 left, Gordon finished off his second touchdown of the night with a 39-yard run. After the Bulldoggs got the ball back it took just one play for Hood to pick off Davila and take it in for a 19-yard score.
Winder-Barrow started the game off with a touchdown on its second possession of the game, driving 64 yards, capped off by a 3-yard run by junior Jonathon Hall. But it didn't take long for the Jaguars to answer back. In only three plays, Cedar Shoals scored a touchdown on a 15-yard run by Tracy Stevens.
The Jaguars scored again on their next possession on a 46-yard run by Cartavious Sanders, and never relinquished the lead.
Despite his two turnovers, Davila had a solid night for the Bulldoggs. The junior was 18-for-27 passing for 140 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
"He's a good player and we expect him to do a lot of things for us and his performance is going to continue as he gets more and more game experience," Corley said of Davila.
Tyler Coleman had a good night receiving for the Bulldoggs as he hauled in nine passes for 77 yards.