WINDER - The Salem High School Seminoles used a fast start in sloppy playing conditions Friday night to keep its playoff hopes alive by posting a 21-0 Region 8-AAAA road win against Winder-Barrow.
The Seminoles (5-3) scored three first-quarter touchdowns and made them hold up against the Bulldoggs, who struggled to put together any offensive attack of their own. While Salem could not add any additional points after the first quarter, they were never seriously challenged as Winder-Barrow (1-7) only had 71 total yards for the contest and four first downs.
Coach Chad Estes' squad was paced by a strong rushing attack, which compiled 353 yards on the ground and 377 overall. Bradley Moon rushed for 189 yards on 17 carries and one score while Corey Nedd added 111 yards on 20 attempts with two touchdowns.
The Seminoles reached the end zone on their first three series, and it appeared the game was going to be a rout. Salem took the game's opening possession and marched 63 yards in only four plays, capped off by a 39-yard run by Nedd with 10:07 left in the first quarter.
After forcing Winder-Barrow to go three-and-out, the Seminoles needed just one play to reach the end zone on a 54-yard run by Moon with 8:30 remaining in the opening quarter.
An interception by Jeremy Lawrence gave Salem the football back on the
Bulldogg 31-yard line, and two plays later the Seminoles had their third touchdown on a 24-yard run by Nedd. Joseph Schneider was perfect on all three of his extra point kicks.
Helping clear the way up front on offense were linemen Sam Watts, Dominic Burrell, Blake Hullett and Joseph Morovich.
The Seminoles were called for 13 penalties in the contest for 75 yards while Winder-Barrow had none. Many of Salem's infractions were by way of motion calls.
Salem will remain on the road next Friday when it travels to Cornelia for another must-win 8-AAAA contest against Habersham Central.