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Loganville defeats Winder-Barrow 28-14

LOGANVILLE Loganville used a balanced offensive attack, and combined with a slew of penalties by visiting Winder-Barrow, the Red Devils defeated the Bulldoggs 28-14 for their first Region 8-AAAAA win Friday night at Red Devils Stadium.

Loganville (2-5, 1-4) took advantage of several Winder-Barrow penalties and miscues to forge a 14-0 first quarter lead, and never looked back. Midway through the opening period, Loganville faced a fourth-and-3 at the Winder-Barrow 47 when a Bulldoggs' offsides penalty resulted in a first down. On the next play, junior halfback Braxton Beck raced 42 yards for a 6-0 Loganville lead.

A 13-yard Winder-Barrow punt gave Loganville the ball at the Bulldoggs 33 on its next possession. Three plays later, Bernard Merriweather ran untouched for a 12-yard TD, and a pass from quarterback Royce Harrison to Merriweather on the two-point conversion pushed the lead to 14-0.

"We rushed for 700 yards in the past two games, but our passing attack gave us good balance on offense tonight and our defense played a very solid game," said Loganville head coach Eric Godfree. "Turnovers are still a problem for our offense, but all in all we're making good progress."

Midway through the second quarter, Winder-Barrow (0-7, 0-5) bounced back, creating its first turnover when senior defensive lineman Tyree Tanner recovered a Harrison fumble at the Bulldogs' 30. On a third-and-14, senior running back Chad Platt gave the Bulldogs' offensive its first offensive spark, breaking off a 51-yard run to the Loganville 23. After Chandon Sullivan carried three times to the Red Devils' 1, quarterback Christian Hodge scored to cut the lead to 14-7.

But Loganville retaliated quickly with an 80-yard scoring drive that included 40 yards of Winder-Barrow penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct and a personal foul. After Winder-Barrow was offsides, moving the ball to the Bulldogg's 35, Harrison found Tony White two plays later with a 31-yard scoring strike to give Loganville a 21-7 lead.

The Red Devils put the game away late in the third quarter with a grinding 9 play, 65-yard drive that used all running plays. After quarterback Harrison ran 32 yards to the Winder-Barrow 28, running backs Merriweather and Beck rushed for 30 yards on the next five plays until Merriweather's 2 yard TD made it 28-7.

Platt capped off a brilliant rushing night for Winder-Barrow with a scintillating 64-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 28-14, but the Bulldoggs could get no closer. Platt finished the game with 154 yards rushing on 15 carries and a TD. He also had a 97-yard TD kickoff return called back in the first half due to a holding penalty.

Loganville's Harrison completed 7 of 14 passes for 99 yards and a TD.

The loss extended Winder-Barrow's losing streak to 31 games.