Seminoles try for a win in home finale

CONYERS -- It hasn't been an easy 2012 season for the Salem football team. But despite a 2-6 overall record and a 1-5 mark in Region 8-AAAAA heading into tonight's game with Cedar Shoals, Seminoles coach John Starr said his group hasn't given up.

"We don't make excuses (and) we've got young kids. I look out there, we got to play five freshman on defense, four on offense," Starr said, whose team has lost four consecutive games. "We're still playing hard. I'm just proud of the fact we're still playing hard; we haven't given up."

In last week's shutout loss at Apalachee, Salem had plenty of chances, getting deep in Wildcats territory on two occasions and closing a third possession with a missed field goal. Meanwhile, Apalachee won its third consecutive game and evened its league record at 3-3 with two third-quarter touchdowns on consecutive possessions.

"Had our opportunity. We just couldn't really get a whole lot going offensively ... playing hard but just not getting a lot done," Starr said. "We just got to keep on plugging away ... just going to keep on fighting. We feel like if we can just not get in our own way, we got a chance to win some ballgames."

Starr would love to start to win games in the home finale tonight when the Jaguars, 3-5 overall and also 1-5 in region play, visit Salem Stadium. Cedar Shoals has lost five of six games, including last week's stunning loss at Winder-Barrow, the Bulldoggs' first victory since October 2009.

The winner of tonight's game will snap a 5-5 tie in the all-time series.