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BREAKDOWN: Apalachee at Rockdale County

Apalachee (57) Cole Shook

Apalachee (57) Cole Shook

Apalachee Wildcats (8-AAAA)

Coach: Shane Davis

Record: 1-4, 1-4 region

Last week: Beat Madison Co. 45-9

Rockdale County Bulldogs (8-AAAA)

Coach: Mike Etheridge

Record: 1-5, 1-5 region

Last week: Lost to Salem 27-14

After finally getting their first win of the season with a big second half last week, the Wildcats want to continue to build momentum against the Bulldogs on Friday.

"Let's hope," Apalachee coach Shane Davis said. "We'll see how we respond. We've played well defensively three weeks in a row now. It took us a while on offense, be we were finally able to get rolling. ... We made some changes on the offensive line, and it was nice to get (the running game) back going."

Indeed, Apalachee rolled up 335 yards on the ground in last week's win, with 188 of them coming from Stanley Williams.

But it was a solid defensive effort, led by Cole Shook's 15 tackles, that was just as important, and may prove to be the key for the Wildcats this week in dealing with a Rockdale running game led by D.J. Ardister.

"They're athletic on both sides," Davis said of the Bulldogs. "They're a young group, but they're a physical group. And just like every other team in (Region) 8-AAAA, we've got our work cut out for us."

Last meeting: Apalachee won 31-14 last year

Directions to Rockdale Co. High School: Take Ga. 124 to Henry Clower Blvd. and turn left. Turn right onto Lenora Church Road, and after six miles turn left on Pleasant Hill. Turn right on Hwy. 20, after eight miles turn left on Woodland Road. Take another left on Eastview Road, then take a right on Rowland Road and then take another right on Bulldog Circle.