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Bulldogs outlast Red Devils
The Rockdale County Bulldogs outscored Druid Hills 14-3 in the fourth quarter for their sixth win of the season Friday night on the road. - photo by Darrell Everidge

The Rockdale Bulldogs held on Friday night for a 35-24 victory over Druid Hills on the road at Adams Stadium, finishing the season with their first winning record since 2009.

The Red Devils led Rockdale 24-21 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored Druid Hills 14-3 over the final 12 minutes of action for their third region victory of the season.

While the Bulldogs postseason fate is still up in the air, the win gives Rockdale County head coach Venson Elder his first winning season as the Bulldogs' head coach.

The Bulldogs last posted a winning record four seasons ago when they finished the season 10-4.

Down by three heading into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs rallied back with an Anthony Davis touchdown run. With a successful extra-point from Devon Dawkins, the Bulldogs stormed ahead 24-28.

The Red Devils had a chance to take the lead over the Bulldogs midway through the fourth quarter. Down by four with 5:58 left in the contest, the Red Devils' Jared Brown fumbled the football, turning the ball back over to the Bulldogs.

With less than five minutes to go in the half, the Bulldogs put their final touches on the road win, clinching the game with another Davis touchdown run, this time from two yards out.

Davis' score left the Red Devils with little time to mount a comeback, as Rockdale held on for the win.

Davis finished the contest with 113 yards on the ground, while the Bulldogs' defense held their seventh opponent under the 25-point mark in 10 games this season.

The loss dropped Druid Hills to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in region play.

A victory over the Bulldogs would have given the Red Devils their first .500 record since 1993.

Rockdale County moves to 2-0 all-time against Druid Hills after defeating the Red Devils 18-14 at home last season.

The Bulldogs can still qualify for a postseason bid, but will need help from other teams in the region.

If Newton High falls to the Morrow Mustangs in today's contest, the Rams, Bulldogs and the Luella Lions would finish the season 3-3 in region play.

The Bulldogs defeated Newton on Senior Night 28-21 in overtime, but fell to the Lions 28-14 on the road in their first game without starting quarterback Zuri Minnifield.

Newton fell to the Bulldogs, but defeated Luella 13-7 last week.

Two of the three teams would take the final two spots in the region playoff seading behind Lovejoy and Alcovy.

The three teams would then play a mini-game tie-breaker, under Georgia High School Association rules.

If the Rams defeat the Morrow Mustangs, who are winless in region play this season, then the Bulldogs will finish fifth in the region and miss out of the league's final playoff berth.

For full playoff rules and scenarios, visit the official GHSA bylaws page located at