The Apalachee High School Wildcats played inspired football Friday night, especially on defense, but were not quite able to break into the win column.
AHS would fall to visiting Clarke Central 35-21 in a game that was still in doubt until late in the fourth quarter. The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-5 overall and 0-4 within Region 8-AAAAA.
The AHS defense had its back again the wall early, but held Clarke Central on the Gladiators' first two drives. The Wildcat defense forced Clarke Central to try a 29-yard field goal on the game's first series but the attempt failed.
Apalachee then gave the football right back to the Gladiators on an interception on its second offensive play of the contest. Clarke Central, however, would eventually miss a 24-yard field goal.
The Gladiators finally put the first points of the game on the scoreboard with 7:19 left before halftime on a 1-yard run.
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The Winder-Barrow High School and Salem High School football teams went to the final second — literally — Friday night in Conyers before the host Seminoles held on for a 31-24 Region 8-AAAAA victory.
WBHS was inside the Salem 2-yard line when CeCe Green was stopped short of the goal line. Time would expire before the Bulldoggs could get off another play. Winder-Barrow is now 2-3 overall and 2-2 in region play. The Bulldoggs led 10-7 at halftime. Salem improved to 4-0 in region play with the victory and continues to be the surprise team of 2014 inside 8-AAAAA.
Coach Heath Webb's team will travel to Flowery Branch next Friday.
See Wednesday's edition of the Barrow Journal for complete high school coverage.
UPDATE: Banks County defeated Dawson County 1-0 on Thursday, solidifying the Leopards no. 1 ranking in Region 7-AAA. With the win, Banks County earned the opportunity to host the region tournament.
When the fans of teams playing the Lady Leopards hear the Banks County batting lineup announced, heads typically turn in confusion. Even umpires are baffled at times as they realize that five of the nine Leopard players share a common last name.
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