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Posted: October 15, 2011 8:09 p.m.

Social Circle remains winless after 48-0 loss

The Social Circle Redskins remain winless after suffering a 48-0 shutout loss to the Prince Avenue Wolverines Friday night.

Prince Avenue, ranked No. 8 in Class A, took advantage of four costly turnovers to cruise to an easy victory over the Redskins. The Wolverines have the one of the stingiest defense in the state, allowing less than three point per game while authoring five shouts and have given up only 17 points the entire season.

The Redskins (0-7, 0-3 Region 8-A) have battled some of the strongest teams in throughout region play this season and Friday was no different. They started the season with high hopes of returning to the state playoffs but an unfortunate rash of injuries to several key players have ended their chances of making the playoffs.

Head coach David Seawright continues to provide encouraging words to his young squad and hopes it will continue to compete for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately, Seawright received some more bad news as senior quarterback Michael Hightower’s season maybe over after suffering a severe leg injury last week. Hightower provided strong leadership for the Redskins and his presence will be missed in the huddle.

"It’s tough," said Seawright "but we can’t let this get us down".

The Redskins won the coin toss but choose to put their defense on the field first. The defense came out strong after Prince Avenue fumbled on their opening drive. The ball was recovered by a Wolverine lineman to set up second-and 13. A couple of hard runs of four and five yards for the Wolverine set up a fourth-and-2 and a decision. The

The Redskins' opening drive was short lived as they faced a tough defensive frontline of the Wolverines. Freshman Ryan Fitzgerald entered the game as the starting quarterback but was unable to lead his team down the field. Fitzgerald’s pass was intercepted by Jones Farniba and the cornerback returned it 29 yards for a touchdown with 6:38 left in the first quarter. The PAT was good for a score of 13-0 Wolverines.

Farniba, a senior cornerback and running back, proved to be a one man wrecking crew for his team after scoring his second touchdown on a 4-yard run with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Farniba’s score increased the Wolverines lead to 20-0 closing out the opening quarter.

The second quarter belonged to Prince Avenue as well as they scored three more touchdowns before halftime. Running back Bryce Huff scored on touchdown runs of four and five yards and Lewis found the end zone again for a 6-yard score. The Redskins continued to struggle on offense as they were overmatched by a great a defensive unit that led 41-0 at halftime. The Wolverines scored their final touchdown in the third quarter with a 2-yard run by Zach Graham to close out the game with a 48-0 victory over the Redskins.

After the game defensive coordinator Brooke Adams delivered a soul searching speech to his team about not giving up.

"Keep your heads up, keep fighting, and keep getting better, Adams said. "Don’t let this get you down".

The Redskins never gave up on defense despite what the final score may have said. Defensively, the Redskins were led by Ryan Madsen with seven solo tackles and Kyle McCaleb with six tackles and one sack. Cornerback MJ Hester, who registered three tackles, wants to keep fighting for his team and the loyal fans of Social Circle.

"We are going to get better, we are just struggling right now. I am injured but I will keep playing for my team," said the sophomore cornerback.

The Redskins fell to 0-7 for the season and last place in Region 8-A with a 0-4 record. They'll try to break in the win column when they host county rival George Walton Academy (5-2, 2-1) Friday on Senior Night at Stephens Park.

Redskins defense put the Wolverines’ offense in an unfamiliar stance, and Prince Avenue opted to go with the offense. With 8:36 in the first quarter, junior quarterback Carl Mattox connected on a 32-yard touchdown pass to running back Hayden Lewis. Prince Avenue missed the extra point attempt but led 6-0.

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