Rockdale and Loganville came into Friday’s game with four wins apiece in the nearly 10-year rivalry between the teams.
The host Red Devils broke the tie with a convincing victory as the Walton County school defeated Rockdale, 30-3 in its season opener.
Rockdale (1-1), which squeaked by Winder-Barrow in Week 1, got a 38-yard field goal from sophomore placekicker Devon Dawkins as its only points, and Bulldogs coach Mike Etheridge said his team moved the ball well, but couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.
”We did a lot between the 20s, we just couldn’t get it in,” said Etheridge. “Things (are) going to happen when you’re young. We’re going to get there, we just got keep getting better.”
It was just the second time in the nine-game history between the schools that the Rockdale defense, which is replacing all-state tackle Grady Jarrett, among others, had allowed 30 or more points.
”Defensively we played good early, got it turned around, then we muffed a punt,” Etheridge said. “Just had a couple errors that gave them some points.”
Rockdale travels to Cedar Shoals next weekend looking to get back over the .500 mark. Loganville, a Class AAAA playoff team a year ago, travels to 2-0 Heritage.