ATHENS - Cedar Shoals continued to bounce back from an 0-6 start by defeating Salem 34-21 Friday at Waters-Wilkins Stadium.
The host Jaguars, who were out-scored by an average of more than 18 points in losing their first six games, handled Salem for its third consecutive victory. Cedar, which improved to 3-4 in Region 8-AAAAA, has a shot to finish .500 in league play when it travels to crosstown rival Clarke Central in next week’s regular season finale.
Salem’s up-and-down season continued. The Seminoles failed in their third attempt to win back-to-back games, despite a pair of first-half rushing touchdowns from quarterback Licash Lackey, which helped the visitors from Conyers pull even at 14-14 at halftime.
Cedar took the lead for good almost immediately, returning the second half kick off for a touchdown. It was a two-touchdown game before Hassan Boddie had a rushing touchdown to get Salem (3-6, 2-5) to within 28-21, but Cedar put the game away with one final, fourth quarter touchdown by Adrian Washington.
The Jaguars’ running back collected over 200 yards of total offense and scored three times.
“Overall I thought we played real hard, real good,” said Salem coach John Starr. “(Washington) was pretty good, we didn’t tackle him as well as we should have, obviously. He had three touchdowns, he seemed like he scored (more than that).”
Salem will try to finish the season on a high note when it hosts Loganville next weekend.
“I’m just real proud our kids are still playing hard,” Starr said. “They’re extremely young, but they’re still playing with a lot of confidence and playing hard and I’m real pleased with them.”
Cedar won for the third straight time in the series and fifth in six tries all-time in Athens.