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Rockdale Falls to Wildcats

CONYERS - The Apalachee football team started the 2011 season with four consecutive losses. Lately, things have been going a bit better for the Winder school. Four different players scored touchdowns and the Wildcats defense pitched a first half shut out in defeating Rockdale, 34-20.

Apalachee (2-4) went up 14-0 in the first quarter on a touchdown run by Zay Henry and a fumble recover that turned into a touchdown for middle linebacker Chris Morris. Thanks to touchdowns from Eric Tanner and Clint Ashe, the Wildcats led 28-0 at halftime.

“We played better the last two weeks,” said Apalachee coach Shane Davis. “We’re putting some points on the board (and the) defense…I thought we played extremely well in the first half on defense, especially considering we had four defensive starters out. I was really proud of our defense.”

Rockdale, which dropped its sixth consecutive game and fell to 1-6, returned the opening kick off of the second half for a touchdown, but Apalachee got a pair of field goals to salt away its second straight win and first in four tries away from home.

“What we’re trying to do right now is take it one game at a time and at least give ourselves a chance (for the playoffs),” Davis said.