The Winder-Barrow High School football team went toe-to-toe with undefeated and No. 5-ranked Lanier High School Friday night before falling 21-10 in Region 8-AAAAA action in Sugar Hill.
The Bulldoggs trailed just 14-10 late in the fourth quarter until the Longhorns returned an interception for a score to seal the victory and the Region 8-AAAAA championship. WBHS, despite the loss, will be in the playoffs as Heritage fell to Clarke Central Friday night. The Patriots are now two games behind the Bulldoggs in the region standings so regardless of what happens next Friday when the teams meet, Heritage cannot overtake WBHS.
In Friday's game at Lanier, the Bulldoggs jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held a 10-7 advantage at halftime. The Longhorns, however, used a similar playbook from earlier games in 2014, falling behind early only to rally in the second half behind its massive offensive line and 39 seniors on the roster.
See Wednesday's print edition of the Barrow Journal for a complete report on WBHS football, including a scouting report on the Heritage game, which will be Senior Night at W. Clair Harris Stadium.