It’s down to pride for the still winless Bulldoggs, who would like to take a
win into the offseason.
“To be able to cap out the last game with a win going into the offseason would be nice,” Bulldoggs coach David Wagner said.
Robbie Lotspeich, Winder-Barrow
CEDAR SHOALS JAGUARS (8-AAAA)
■ Coach: Xarvia Smith
■ Record: 3-6, 3-6 region
■ Last week: Beat Madison County 21-14
WINDER-BARROW BULLDOGGS (8-AAAA)
■ Coach: David Wagner
■ Record: 0-9, 0-9 region
■ Last week: Lost to Apalachee 28-14
Though they lost 28-14 to Apalachee last week, the Bulldoggs were pleased compared to the previous two seasons, when they lost by 56 and 45 to the Wildcats.
“To take a game that was a 51-6 differential two years ago and 56-0 last year and turn it into a 14-point game was definitely a step in the right direction for us,” Wagner said. “We were down 28-7 at halftime, and it could have gotten ugly. But for us to come out after halftime and shut them out, and play a very sold second half, was great.”
Wagner likes Winder-Barrow’s defensive improvement, led by strong safety Robbie Lotspeich, who has 39 tackles in last five games. Free safety Atrez Gladmon has chipped in 60-plus tackles at free safety, including eight against Apalachee. Leading tackler Hogan Anderson had nine stops against the Wildcats.
Offensively, Gladmon rushed for 126 yards against Apalachee, and quarterback Christian Hodge passed for 86 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars have the Bulldoggs’ attention, considering they’re coming off of their first consecutive wins.
“Cedar Shoals is much improved from Week 1 to now,” Wagner said. “They’re not the same team they were. They’ve gotten a lot better as the year has worn on.”
■ Last meeting: Cedar Shoals won 39-13 last year
■ Directions to Winder-Barrow High School: From I-85, take Hwy. 211 south. Turn left on Rockwell Church, right on City Pond. Stadium is on the left.