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Patriots look to avoid letdown against winless Winder

With the Heritage football team already past the halfway point of what could turn out to be a historic season, today presents a classic trap game.

The undefeated Patriots, fresh off a 36-19 win over Cedar Shoals in Athens and sporting the first 6-0 start in the program's 36-year history, stay on the road to face winless Winder-Barrow.

But the hosts aren't your average winless team as the Bulldoggs are mired in a 19-game losing streak, having last won nearly two years ago on Oct. 9, 2009. What looks like a mismatch on paper, could turn into a nightmare for Heritage if it takes the slumping Bulldoggs lightly, and is looking ahead to state-ranked powerhouse Flowery Branch, scheduled to come to Conyers in two weeks.

"Just that they're overdue for a win," Heritage coach Chad Frazier said about Winder after the Patriots win last weekend. "They've lost (19) in a row so, they're overdue. I just hope it's after next week. Based on what our kids have done so far, no, they've been real mature and real focused ... I don't fear a let down."

It helps that each phase of Heritage's game seems to be clicking. In the win over Cedar, the offense, led by the electric Quami Stanley (80-yard touchdown run, receiving touchdown) did its part. The defense continued to play well as linebacker Chase Alford returned an interception for a touchdown to spur another strong effort from the underrated unit. And the special teams contributed a blocked punt which led to a second-half safety. All is good in Conyers as Heritage keeps chasing history.

"Defense played well, created the turnovers, special teams played well, blocked a punt for a safety, the defense had the interception for a touchdown," Frazier said. "I'm happy, I'm happy. We got to get healthy, number of guys banged up, got to get some kids back there playing healthy again. (But) I like where we are. I'm proud of the kids (and) we've done some things. This is the best start in Heritage history, so that's pretty special. Just the way it's all happened together with the community and the coaches and the kids. I'm appreciative to get to come to work with these guys every day."