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Rockdale defense rocked in 42-0 shutout

LOGANVILLE - The Loganville Red Devils scored early and often as they used a well-balanced attack to shut out the Rockdale Bulldogs 42-0 at Red Devil Stadium.

The Bulldogs (1-9) came into the game looking to end what has been a tough season on a high note. And early on, the running game was in sync.

"I thought we started off well," coach William Johnson said. "We tripped up on two or three early drives, and that may have been the difference. They may have not necessarily made the game different, but we could have been trading touchdowns."

It didn't take long before Loganville (4-6) began its offensive barrage against the Rockdale defense.

Loganville took the opening drive down the field 68 yards in 10 plays and got the scoring going early.

Senior running back Zach West scored on an 8-yard run with 7:36 remaining in the first quarter, and the Red Devils were off to the races.

Rockdale running back Javon Lucas ran the ball effectively on the team's first drive, breaking off runs of 17, six, eight and nine yards.

The Bulldogs picked up two quick first downs, but they failed to convert a short fourth down and Loganville took over on its own 38-yard line.

The Red Devils immediately went back to work.

After runs of 10 and 17 yards by West softened the Bulldogs' front line, quarterback Drew Payne fired a 27-yard strike to Trey Culpepper for the team's second score of the night. The extra point made it 14-0 with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

After the Bulldogs again failed to convert on fourth down, Loganville got the ball back, poised to add to its lead.

West took a direct snap on the first play of the Red Devils' ensuing drive 61 yards to get the ball down to the 12-yard line. Three plays later, Donavan Hanna scored on a one-yard run to give Loganville a three-touchdown lead with 8:11 left in the half.

Things got even worse for the Bulldogs. After a botched punt traveled 10 yards, Loganville got the ball back inside Rockdale's 20-yard line.

Loganville took advantage of the great field position and scored another short rushing touchdown, this time with senior Drew Sheie. The extra point made it 28-0 with 4:32 to go until halftime.

After a Rockdale punt, Payne hit Aaron Arnold for a 19-yard slant, but the receiver fumbled the ball as he went for the goal line. The turnover gave the ball back to Rockdale to end the half.

Rockdale moved the ball to start the second half but couldn't finish off its drives.

Loganville, on the other hand, was in the zone. West continued to chew up yards and move the chains as he carried the ball eight times for 40 yards and scored his second touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run. The extra point gave the Red Devils a 35-0 lead with 3:44 left in the third quarter.

"We had a hard time stopping their power game," Johnson said. "I take my hat off to Loganville; they're a real physical football team and inside, they gave it to us."

West rushed for 198 yards and went over 1,000 for the season. He was pulled from the game with 6:43 left to play.

Reserve running back Mikkal Wyette finished the game for the Red Devils and scored on a 7-yard run with 3:08 left in the game.

Despite the loss, Johnson had reason to smile. Lucas came into the game needing 112 yards to also surpass 1,000 for the season. Lucas finished with 176 yards on 21 carries.

"He's (Lucas) our team right now," Johnson said. "We're real young right now. We started three freshmen on the offensive line, and that's spectacular for him to go for 1,000 yards. It was a tough season overall because everyone wants to win, but our kids took some strides. We kept playing every game. Even when it got tough, our kids continued to play."