The Winder-Barrow High School football team started the new season on the right foot as the Bulldoggs held off a late rally attempt by visiting Jackson County to record a 26-21 win at W. Clair Harris Stadium.
WBHS (1-0) led 26-14 following a 5-yard touchdown run by Chandon Sullivan with 3:41 left and appeared to have the game in hand. However, Jackson County quickly moved down the field on an 80-yard drive and cut the lead to five points with 2:42 left after a 2-yard score by Malik Tuck.
The Panthers attempted an onside kick, but Winder-Barrow’s Ryan Evan recovered. The Bulldoggs, however, fumbled the football away giving Jackson County a golden opportunity as the Panthers set up at the WBHS 40-yard line with 2:38 still to play. JCCHS (0-1) was unable to move the football, however, and turned it over on downs on fourth and 11. Trey Russell had a key sack during the series.