Patriots shut out Winder to stay unbeaten

WINDER -- It wasn't easy, but Heritage will go into its showdown with Flowery Branch next weekend still unbeaten. Facing winless Winder-Barrow, the visiting Patriots led 7-0 at halftime and got just enough offense to win 21-0 Friday and continue the best start in school history at 7-0.

"We just had a bunch of penalties, that's what kind of got me sour," said Heritage coach Chad Frazier. "We had two touchdowns called back; we just kind of played sloppy. We could've played better, (but the) defense played really well."

On offense, the Patriots playmakers continued to make big plays. Electric tailback Quami Stanley had a 7-yard touchdown run and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from blossoming sophomore quarterback Ryan Sutton, who got the scoring started with a one-yard touchdown sneak in the first half.

Heritage will host Class AAA No. 3 Flowery Branch (6-0), a 56-31 winner over Habersham Central, on October 14 as part of Georgia Public Broadcasting's Game of the Week.

"Getting a win is the main goal even if you don't play your best," Frazier said. "We're going to have to play better than we did tonight to have a chance next week."

Winder's struggles continued as the Bulldoggs fell to 0-6 and had their losing streak extended to 20 games.Rockdale falls to WildcatsCONYERS -- 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 shutout in defeating Rockdale 34-20 Friday at Reid Stadium.

Apalachee (2-4) went up 14-0 in the first quarter on a touchdown run by Zay Henry and a fumble recovery 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.Tigers pick up big road winGRAY -- Devon Edwards rushed for 274 yards as Alcovy got a huge road win, defeating Jones County 44-28. The game was tied 21-21 at halftime, but the visiting Tigers controlled the final 24 minutes, winning their fifth consecutive game to improve to 5-2.

"We hadn't played well on the road ... it was a huge crowd for them, it was their senior night," said Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman. "I thought our kids answered the bell after that first quarter, I thought we played well after that."

Alcovy, still unbeaten in Region 3-AAAA play at 4-0, will try to make it two straight road wins when it travels to Dutchtown on Friday.