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Seminoles end skid, hold off Winder

CONYERS -- It was a happy Homecoming for Salem High School on Friday in Conyers. The Seminoles snapped a brief two-game losing streak and held off winless Winder-Barrow 22-20.

Salem (2-2), which was coming off consecutive losses to Wesleyan and rival Heritage, evened its Region 8-AAAAA record at 1-1.

Winder's heartbreak continued as the Bulldoggs had their four-season-long losing streak extended to 28 games. The Barrow County school, which pulled to within 22-20 with less than seven minutes left on a long touchdown run by Chad Platt, hasn't won since October 2009.

"We were just happy to get a win; we're just trying to get wins at this point," Salem coach John Starr said. "We played in spots and there were spots where we didn't play very well. We'll take the win."

Salem jumped on top 14-0 early as Damian Gordon picked up two of his three touchdowns on an option run and an interception return. Gordon later scored again on another option run.

"We kind of relaxed a little," Starr said. "We jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. It wasn't the time to relax."

The Seminoles will try to get back over the .500 mark when they begin a difficult stretch next weekend. The Conyers school hosts Flowery Branch on Sept. 28, followed by a trip to Athens to play Clarke Central and a home game against Associated Press Class AAAAA No. 8 Gainesville.

Winder (0-4, 0-2) has a week off before hosting Heritage on Oct. 5.