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Heritage gets region win; Salem and Rockdale fall

Heritage’s C.J. Stone tries to turn the corner with the help from a block by Chris Taylor (57) during Friday’s game against Winder-Barrow. (Staff photo: Erin Evans)

Heritage’s C.J. Stone tries to turn the corner with the help from a block by Chris Taylor (57) during Friday’s game against Winder-Barrow. (Staff photo: Erin Evans)

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Patriots linebacker Seth Fallen brings the Winder-Barrow running back down. (Staff photo: Erin Evans)

CONYERS — Heritage got back on the right track after with a 23-13 win over Winder-Barrow after winning two straight games with a 23-13 win over Winder-Barrow at Evan Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Unfortunately, the other Conyers schools were not as lucky as Salem fell to Clarke Central 33-15 and Rockdale dropping a 20-3 game to Lovejoy.

The Patriots overcame a poor week losing to after losing to Gainesville 48-7 in the previous week.

“It was a good win for us after having it handed it to us the week before. I’m proud of our guys, I thought we responded real well,” Heritage head coach Mike Parris said. “They made some big plays on us offensively that led to two scoring drives.”

Offensively, the Patriots running game was the key to the win as they were able to take six minutes off the clock to start the third quarter.

“That put us two scores ahead after being up 10-7 at the half,” Parris said. “But our defense playing the way they were I knew it was going to be hard for them to score two times on us. We just have to get our passing game going.”

Salem (2-4 overall, 1-3 Region 8-AAAAA) started the game in charge scoring nine points including a 60-yard pass to Kanome McIntosh. However, the injuries to the Seminoles took its toll as Clarke Central (4-1, 3-0) scored 13 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter. The Gladiators continued to dominate in the third quarter holding Salem to three offensive plays.

“We’ve had a rash of injuries in the same position,” Salem head coach John Stars said. “Kids are playing out of position but that they don’t know where they’re playing until late.”

Salem will be on the road next week taking on Gainesville.

Lovejoy (5-1, overall, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) jumped out to an early lead against Rockdale (4-2, 1-1) and trailed beating the Bulldogs 23-3 on Friday.

The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter before Khaleel Rogers found Preston Williams giving Lovejoy a 13-3 lead. Lovejoy expanded their lead by 13 points in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs will head to Luella, who beat Druid Hills 37-0, before playing Newton for homecoming.