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Seminoles end skid, hold off Winder

— It was a happy Homecoming for Salem High School 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 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,” said Salem coach John Starr. “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 on another option run.

“We kind of relaxed a little,” said Starr. “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 September 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 before hosting Heritage October 5.