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FRIDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Worth shakes up state rankings with stunner; Bainbridge wins thriller vs. Early in final seconds

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SYLVESTER -- Jatavious Jackson came up with the interception that kept Worth County alive, and Jhue Rhodes scored on a 10-yard run in double overtime Friday as Worth shocked Fitzgerald, and the rest of Georgia, with a 32-26 opening night win over the state power Purple Hurricanes.

"You keep preaching and preaching to them to just hang in there and give yourselves a chance to win at the end of the game, and that's what we did (Friday),'' Worth County coach Scotty Ward said after the win. "I've been here nine years and we've never beaten Fitzgerald. So it feels pretty dadgum good.''

Worth fell behind 7-0 and then came back to take a 26-23 lead, but Fitzgerald kicked a field goal with 20 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Worth fumbled on its first drive, but Jackson made an interception to keep Worth's hope alive, and send the game into its second OT. Fitzgerald missed a short field goal, and then Rhodes scored his second TD of the night on a 10-yard run to win it.

Worth got two TD runs from Ellis Anderson and Will Peacock threw a 25-yard TD pass to Kareem McDaniel on a fourth-and-20 play that helped Worth come back in regulation.

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TERRELL ACADEMY 13, THOMAS JEFFERSON 13:

The Eagles started out their quest for a third straight GISA Class A state title Friday night with a draw against the Jags. Because this was a non-region contest, overtime is not played.

Terrell fell behind, 13-0, after the first quarter, but thanks to some stout defense -- and two TAE scores, one by Levi Griffin and another by Todd Beaver -- the Eagles stormed back to avoid losing their opener. They had a chance to win, but Beaver's PAT fell short.

With 1:05 to go before halftime, Griffin busted up the middle for a four-yard TD run to cap a 70-yard drive, then late in the game Beaver galloped in from 15 yards out to cap a 67-yard drive.

"You want to win them all, but going down 13-0 and then having some injuries and overcoming adversity, we'll take a tie," said Terrell Academy coach Bill Murdock, who is nine wins away from 200 career victories. "This is a tough road trip to start the season. We've got two more games on the road the next two weeks (at SGA and at Brookwood). So if we can survive these, it'll make us better."

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BAINBRIDGE 14, EARLY COUNTY 7:

The Bearcats and Bobcats dueled to a 0-0 halftime score, then found themselves knotted up, 7-7, with 7.3 seconds to go.

That's when it happened.

T.J. Allen's flair pass was picked off by Bainbridge's Brandon Lindsey, who took it back 35 yards for the game-winning score as the clock read 0:00. Steven Bench scored on a 23-yard run in the third quarter to put Bainbridge ahead, then Quayven Levatte scored on a two-yard run for Early to tie it late in the fourth.

Camery Flowers' big night for Early -- 34 rushes for 160 yards -- was all for naught in this wild contest, which saw 12 fumbles (six by each team) as Bainbridge lost five, while Early lost three.

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WESLEYAN 38, SEMINOLE 20:

The Indians had a long trip up to Norcross and surely had a longer trip back after falling to the Wolves.

The biggest highlight for Seminole includes quarterback Antwon Buggs pitching to halfback Jarvis Brown, who then threw a long pass to a wide-open Nathaniel George. The Indians closed the deal with a Buggs 9-yard keeper for the TD.

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LANIER COUNTY 40, CALHOUN COUNTY 14:

Raishun Anderson's two rushing touchdowns was all for naught as Lanier dominated for the majority of the game.

"We have a lot of thing we need to work on," said Cougars coach John Williams.

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RANDOLPH-CLAY 47, KENDRICK 6:

Johnny Fostered played lights out for Randolph-Clay, finishing with 102 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also returned a kick-off 88 yard to the house.

"We got out quick 34-0 at halftime so I was able to play some of the back-ups," Randolph Clay coach Daniel McFather said.

Cardarlye Curry ran for a team-high 160 yards and scored three touchdowns for Randolph Clay. Calvin Paramour had an interception the for the Red Devils, whose defense was dominant throughout the game.

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CENTRAL FELLOWSHIP 15, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 14:

Grant Kimbel, Zach White and Daylan Blanton all shined, but a missed extra point was the difference.

As for Kimbel, he finished with 112 yards on 12-for-19 passing and a lone touchdown pass to Blanton, who finished with five catches for 80 yards.

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SOUTHLAND 27, BROOKWOOD 20:

The Southland Raiders rallied from a sluggish beginning to take a 27-20 victory against Brookwood Friday at Warrior Field. They blanked the Warriors in the second half and tallied the game's final three touchdowns.

"I thought they were in better shape than us after the first few minutes," Southland coach Tim Goodin said. "They looked sharp and we looked tired right off the bat. It was a hot and humid night."

After a 20-20 tie early in the third quarter, quarterback Jake Hood tallied the clinching score a few minutes later with 1-yard run that capped a 71-yard drive.

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AMERICUS-SUMTER 28, LIBERTY 7:

Tyran Goober, Darante Jordan, Jarod Lewis, and Kiwi Jones all reached the end zone for Americus-Sumter, which had its game delayed at halftime due to rain.

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WILCOX COUNTY 34, MILLER COUNTY 13:

Juwan Jones had a 35-yard TD reception from Caleb Cunningham, who also scored on a QB sneak later. But that was all the offense the Pirates could muster against the Class A powerhouse Patriots.