WINDER - The Salem football team certainly seemed to enjoy itself on the offensive side of the ball Friday in Winder. The Seminoles scored the third-most points in school history, routing Winder-Barrow 60-37 in Region 8-AAAAA play.
The 60 points is not only the Seminoles’ largest scoring output since a 63-21 win over Cross Keys in October, 2008, but third only to that win and a 71-14 victory over Union Grove nearly 13 years ago to the date on September 23, 2000.
More importantly, Salem evened its overall record at 2-2 and league record at 1-1 with an extremely difficult stretch upcoming. The Seminoles will follow next week’s game at Flowery Branch by hosting Clarke Central October 4 and traveling to state power Gainesville October 11.
Winder had a 10-point lead at 29-19 at halftime as Andre Scott accounted for points on a blocked punt return for a touchdown and a safety, and Johnny Hester, Andre Jackson and Chandon Sullivan all had touchdown runs. But it was all Salem in the second half.
“We were just trying to get calmed down,” Salem coach John Starr said of the halftime situation. “We did everything possible to give the game away early. They blocked a punt on the first drive, we mishandled a punt, for a safety. That kind of night.”
Starting with Tyriano Greene’s two-yard touchdown run in the third, the Seminoles rattled off 28 unanswered points - another came on Greene’s second two-yard score - to go up 47-29.
Greene capped his huge night, scoring from 20 yards in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense played a lot better in the second half and the offense was able to get more opportunities. A lot of that was the offensive line, they kind of grind it out there once we got a lead,” Starr said. “I think we tried to grind it out a little more, just to keep (Winder) off the field and keep crazy things from happening. I was exhausted. I think everyone was exhausted from all the craziness going on.”
Since winning its opener, Winder dropped its third consecutive game, allowing an average of 56 points during the losing skid. Salem won for the sixth consecutive time in the series.