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BREAKDOWN: Winder-Barrow at Salem

Robbie Lotspeich

Robbie Lotspeich

Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs (8-AAAA)

Coach: David Wagner

Record: 0-7, 0-7 region

Last week: Lost to Loganville 42-7

Salem Seminoles (8-AAAA)

Coach: John Starr

Record: 4-4, 4-4 region

Last week: Lost to Cedar Shoals 36-10

Despite another setback last week, the Bulldoggs remain hopeful this is the week they finally end their long losing streak, which has now reached 21 games dating back to 2009.

To accomplish that goal this week, Winder-Barrow coach David Wagner sees his team's task as being two-fold.

First, they must slow down quarterback Damion Gordon and the Seminoles' big-play abilities, and they will turn to stalwarts like linebacker Robbie Lotspeich and lineman Juan Lozano to lead that charge.

"(Gordon and Salem have) the ability to score on any play," Wagner said. "They've played like gangbusters at times, but they're kind of like Jekyll and Hyde. They've had some big wins, but they've also had times when they've put the ball on the ground and made mistakes.

"The one thing that stands out to me about them is that they're like a lot of teams in our region. They're very athletic."

The Bulldoggs' other goal is to establish a ball-control running game and shorten the game, which won't be easy with leading rusher Jamonte Riden questionable with an injury.

So, it will be up to others like junior Chad Platt to step in and do the job if Riden can't go.

"(Platt) had 130 yards and two touchdowns called back on penalties last week, so he's capable," Wagner said. "We just have to sustain drives and hope we can control the clock and the football."

Last meeting: Salem won 16-6 last year

Directions to Salem High School: Follow Ga. Highway 20 into Rockdale County. Turn left onto Sigman Road, which becomes Salem Road (Ga. Highway 162). Turn right onto Old Salem Road. Turn left onto Underwood Road. School is about mile ahead on the right.