DAWSON -- Terrell County's boys are in the midst of their glory days.
Randolph-Clay, meanwhile, is longing for them to return.
In what used to be a highly contested region game between two rival schools, the Herald No. 4 Greenwave jumped to a 35-10 lead in the first quarter and cruised to an 86-55 win. Randolph-Clay, which fired then-coach Tyrone Kellogg in December and replaced him with former Joe Williams assistant Oglesby Jackson, trailed by such a big margin (73-36) after three quarters that the fourth was shortened to six minutes.
The Greenwave, who have reached the past two GHSA Class A Elite Eights, were led by Brian Browner with 19 points, followed by Alre'k Brown (18), Terel Hall (14 points, 13 assists) and Charles Brown (10 points).
Terrell County's players knew Randolph-Clay is in rebuilding mode, but Greenwave coach John Davis said he was impressed with how his team maintained the intensity at tip-off.
"We didn't want to play to our level," said Davis, whose team is 14-4 overall and 9-0 in Region 1A-A. "They kept the defense going. They played great defense, and defense creates offense."
Forcing turnovers played a big role in Terrell County's early lead. Looking back on the first half, Davis said those were the most impressive opening quarters he had seen his team play this season.
"We played excellent transitional basketball and we ran the floor," Davis said.
Randolph-Clay, which had won four state titles with the most recent in 2005, has been rebuilding since reaching the Class AA quarterfinals in 2008. Because of the Red Devils' past dominance, the Terrell County players took extra pride in Saturday night's win.
"They had blown us out for years," Alre'k Brown said. "We felt like it was our turn now."
Shaquille Nunnelly scored 25 points for Randolph-Clay, followed by Zuriel Muhammad with 10.
"It wasn't (so much) a blowout than us not doing what we needed to do," Jackson said. "We are going through a lot of challenges and we realize we must improve. It's going to come along."
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If there was one thing Randolph-Clay girls coach Jennifer Acree said she could take from Saturday's game, it was her team's focus.
While playing the struggling Lady Greenwave, the Lady Red Devils did not let up, leading, 19-0, after the first quarter. The night before, Randolph-Clay (No. 2 in The Herald's poll) beat a young Baker County program, 91-28.
"I want us to play to our level instead of that of the opponent's and we did that," said Acree, whose team is, 17-3 overall and 9-0 in the region. "(Blowouts) happen. We've still got to do what we have to do regardless of who we play."
Terrell County, which won state in 2005 and lost in the 2008 state title game, has a team that coach Tammye Jenkins said is even more inexperienced than the core she had in 2002 that she groomed into state champions.
"We're just young and inexperienced, and that's how our season has gone," said Jenkins, whose team is 2-15 overall and 1-8.