Hosting the Jaguars of Cedar Shoals High, the Salem Seminoles were handed their fifth straight loss Friday night 17-14, on what was the Seminoles' senior night.
It is the longest losing streak since Salem's first season, when it lost the final seven games in the 2001 season.
After a lackluster first quarter from both teams, it was the Seminoles who found their way to the scoreboard first, thanks to senior halfback Amad Mitchell, with 5:14 left in the second quarter.
The Seminoles' (2-7) defense put a hurting on the Jaguars' offensive line and quarterback. Seniors Antone Leonard and Ian Moon both managed to sack the Jaguars quarterback and put an end to their ensuing drives.
Adding to the Seminoles' defensive presence in the first half, was senior Amad Mitchell who recovered a Jaguar fumble.
With the crowd still excited after the Seminoles' touchdown, they were shortly silenced with 2:08 left in the first half, as the Jaguars (4-5) scored on 4-yard pass play on fourth down.
The second half pretty much belonged to the Jaguars as their defense was able to stop each and every Seminole possession. Penalties also played into the Jaguars' favor as the Seminoles incurred flag after flag both on offense and defense.
Though the Seminoles' defense put forth a valiant effort, it couldn't stop the Jaguars from finding the end zone yet again with 1:49 left in the third. Down but not out, the Seminoles battled their way into the fourth quarter with hopes of overtime within reach.
Thanks to stellar defense from Cedar Shoals, the Seminoles' hopes at extra time vanished as the Jaguars' field goal sailed through the uprights late in the fourth quarter.
"We had several opportunities to come back and force an overtime but couldn't get it done," said Salem coach John Starr.
Salem will be on the road next week as they head to Loganville to face the Red Devils in their last game of the season.