Winder-Barrow falls to Flowery Branch

WINDER -- Jeremy Haley rushed for three touchdowns and Kanier Coker passed for three more as Flowery Branch exploded for 30 first-half points and cruised to a 64-7 victory over Winder-Barrow at W. Clair Harris Stadium in Winder Friday night.

Flowery Branch (2-0, 2-0 8-AAAA) wasted little time establishing control. On the first play from scrimmage Coker connected with CJ Curry on a 38-yard pass to the Winder-Barrow 5-yard line. Haley powered up the middle on the next play for a TD and quick 7-0 Falcons lead only 32 seconds into the game.

Disaster stuck for Winder-Barrow (0-2, 0-2 8-AAAA) on their opening possession. After failing to gain a first down and lined up in punt formation, the snap sailed over the head of punter Brandon Jackson and through the end zone for a safety and 9-0 Falcons advantage.

The Bulldoggs provided the shell-shocked home crowd a glimmer of hope later in the quarter. After an interception by Winder-Barrow's Deangelo Perkins thwarted a Falcons drive, Jamonte Riden took a handoff and burst through the middle of line unmolested and raced 75 yards for a TD to cut the lead to 9-7 with 5:00 left in first quarter.

"I saw a good cut and our wide receiver Dante Jones made a great block," said Riden, "and it took off. It feels good when no one touches you."

"Jamonte battles very hard and rarely goes down on first contact," said Winder-Barrow head coach David Wagner, "he made several good runs for us tonight against a tough team."

Flowery Branch responded on the next drive. Facing third-and-17, Coker connected with Curry on a short slant. Curry, who has given Oklahoma State a verbal commitment, flashed his athleticism and raced 37 yards for a TD and 16-7 Flowery Branch lead with 1:51 left in first quarter.

Haley later pushed the Falcons advantage to 23-7 with his second TD run, and Coker lofted an 11-yard pass to Curry for their second TD connection of the game and 30-7 Falcons lead at the half.

The Falcons, who tallied 56 points in their opening week win against Madison County, continued their offensive onslaught in the second half. Coker hooked up with Casey Osborne on a 55-yard TD pass and Haley, who rushed for 135 yards and three TDs on 11 carries, capped his evening with a 34-yard TD jaunt midway through the 3rd quarter.

Jimmy McIntyre added two late TD runs, and Shad Jenkins scored on a fumble return for the final margin.

"We actually did some good things tonight," said Wagner. "We stopped them at times, and other times their players simply made great plays. I'm proud of our effort. It's very easy to get frustrated and let your emotions get the best of you in a game like this, but our team kept their composure and kept playing until the very end."

Winder-Barrow was led by Riden, who rushed for 147 yards on 19 carries and 1 TD. He also had an 80-yard TD run called back in the third quarter.

Coker was 10 of 19 for 194 yards and three TDs with one interception, and Curry snagged five passes for 105 yards and two TDs to lead the Falcons.