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PREVIEW: Cedar Shoals at Winder-Barrow

Winder-Barrow's Braydn Randall

Winder-Barrow's Braydn Randall

Cedar Shoals Jaguars (8-AAAAA)

Coach: Chris Davis

Record: 3-4, 1-4 region

Last week: Lost to Apalachee 27-23

Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs (8-AAAAA)

Coach: David Wagner

Record: 0-7, 0-5 region

Last week: Lost to Loganville 28-14

Winder-Barrow still needs to put the final pieces together. Winless on the season, the Bulldoggs are coming off a 14-point loss to Loganville that saw a penalty erase a kickoff return for a touchdown and a slew of offensive penalties that doomed drives.

“We didn’t have a lot of true plays for a loss,” said head coach David Wagner, noting double-digit offensive penalties. “We made a lot of mistakes and had a lot of adversity to overcome.”

If anything, overcoming adversity is the lesson so far this season for Winder-Barrow. But the Bulldoggs keep a good attitude no matter the results.

“We have a very resilient group of young men,” Wagner said. “They are truly the definition of perseverance. They do everything I ask them to do. I’ve got about as good, as hardworking group of young men you can really ask for as a coach.”

Just look at Braydn Randall. A sophomore playing safety and special teams for the Bulldoggs, Randall had 20 tackles, solo and assisted combined, in last Friday’s loss to Loganville.

Senior running back Chad Platt rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown.

“We have a lot of bright spots,” Wagner said. “We have great kids and good football players. We just have to string it all together into a W.”

They get a chance Friday night against Cedar Shoals, a three-win team, which won its lone Region 8-AAAAA game over Loganville by two points.

Last meeting: Cedar Shoals won 33-0 last year.

Directions to Winder-Barrow High School: From Ga. Highway 316 east, go left on Highway 81 into Winder, turn left at third light onto Candler Street and stadium is about one-tenth mile on the right.