FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Driver's big night lifts SGA past previously unbeaten Valwood; R-C's Curry scores four times as Red Devils stomp Stewart; Hardaway nips Bainbridge, 21-20

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

DAMASCUS -- Last week it was Taylor Tabb and his cousin Troupe combining for eight TDs and filling up the stat sheet.

This week? Dillon Driver did all the dirty work.

Driver carried the ball 21 times for 149 yards and a score, and then passed for 100 more and a TD as SGA (4-1, 2-0 in Region 3-AA) handed previously unbeaten Valwood its first loss, 35-21. Driver also picked off a pass on defense.

Taylor Tabb scored once and carried the ball 13 times for 59 yards, and also accounted for 80 of Driver's passing yards on three catches, while Troupe Tabb got in the mix, scoring twice and rushing for 47 yards on 14 carries. Troupe, like Driver, also had one pick.

Allen Gray hauled in the other 20 yards receiving and once score as SGA outgained Valwood 355 yards to 222.



CUTHBERT -- Randolph-Clay's 1-2 punch was knocked down to just one Friday night.

But even that was enough to beat Stewart County, 55-0.

Running back Cardaryle Curry rushed for 163 yards and three scores, then caught a touchdown pass, but had to watch as teammate and fellow RB Johnny Foster left the game early with an injury after Foster rushed for 60 yards and one TD.

"(Johnny) will be all right. It was just a bruised shin and we were ahead, 27-0, at the time, so we played it safe and held him out," R-C coach Daniel McFather said. "We'll need him for Terrell County next week."

Freshman Don Bolden came on in relief, rushing for 80 yards and two scores, and junior Rod Williams came up big on defense, picking off a pass and returning it for a TD.

It was Randolph's first shutout of the season as the Red Devils improved to 5-0 and will host the Greenwave in a huge Region 1-A showdown on Friday.



BAINBRIDGE -- Not having All-State kicker Keenan Adams never hurt worse after Friday night's 21-20 loss to Hardaway.

Adams, who is out the rest of the season after being injured earlier this year against Cairo, was on the sideline Friday night and could only watch as a missed PAT was the difference in the Bearcats' loss.

Freshman Daniel Provence, who has filled in nicely for Adams, was a perfect 2-for-2 on PATs before missing one in the fourth quarter after a Bainbridge TD that would've tied the game. Instead, the Herald No. 2 Bearcats fall to 2-3 and 0-2 in Region 1-AAAA.

There were some positives, however, for the Bearcats, who only trailed, 14-7, -- thanks to a Qunicy Fortson 81-yard kickoff return for a TD -- at halftime but managed to rally to make it close in the second half.

Hardaway, which was led by Austin Scott's big night of 107 rushing yards and 89 receiving, was ahead, 21-7, when Damian Bouie scored from one yard out, then Aaron Hall brought Bainbridge to within one on a four-yard run early in the fourth.

But Provence's PAT hit the cross-bar and Bainbridge missed several opportunities and never came closer.



SHELLMAN -- Backup quarterback Daylon Blanton proved to be the work horse for Randolph Southern on Friday night, rushing 15 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns and adding a 24 yard touchdown pass to Blake Martin as the Patriots blanked Crisp Academy, 28-0.

"Daylon is a very good athlete, a good kid and he works extremely hard," Randolph coach Ottis Griggs said. "You could play him anywhere."

The win now sets up a huge Region 3-A showdown next week against Westwood, which crushed Dawson Street on Friday, 42-8. While Blanton has been filling in for injured starter Grant Kimbrel, the Patriots will get back Kimbrel for that game after he suffered a fractured left foot earlier this season.

But after Friday's win, Griggs couldn't even ponder how next week would shake out.

"I'm as tired as a blue hound dog (right now) so I haven't even thought about Westwood next week," Griggs said. "I do know this: They're a very good football team and we plan to be ready to play."

Randolph's Matt Kendrick added a 21-yard touchdown for the Patriots, who improved to 3-3 overall, and remained unbeaten in region at 2-0.

The defense made big plays all night. Blanton and Owen Deal were able to come away with an interception apiece, while Blake Martin and Paul Turner each recorded a sack.



Westwood, the No. 1 team in the GISA Class A Coaches Poll, continued to dominate as it remained undefeated at 6-0, (2-0 in region), which will make for a battle next week when the Wildcats travel to face rival Randolph Southern.

"They beat us by one point last year and it's been close the last two years. Our kids are ready," Westwood coach Ross Worsham said of the rivalry with Randolph.

Mason Worsham completed 7-of-9 attempts to finish with 143 yards and two passing touchdowns. He was able to add a 70-yard rushing touchdown as well.

J.T. Edore scored on 22- and 46-yard touchdown runs, while Daniel Hayes added a 4-yard touchdown run. It was John Vereen and Douglas Nobles on the receiving end of Worsham's two passing touchdowns.



Terrell got a big game from Todd Beaver, whose 185-yard, two-TD performance led the Eagles, while Josh Wardrip added an 18-yard TD run.

The defense was 90 seconds away from a shutout until a bad punt put Fullington inside the 10-yard line. Brian Ambrose and Blake Grismley both added an interception to their team's strong defensive night. Terrell improved to 2-2-1 and remains perfect in regional play at 2-0. Terrell Academy will face off against Dawson Street School next week.



It was a rough night for Southland, as the Raiders found it hard to get any offensive momentum going as they fell to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in region. The bright spots were Collin Holloway rushing for 58 yards and one touchdown, while Kevin Greene rushed for 72 yards on 9 attempts.

On defense, it was Luke Alexander leading the way with 11 tackles. Southland faces Westfield next week.



The Blazers, playing in their first varsity season, fell to 1-5 on the season with their only win coming by forfeit earlier this year against Pelham. Baconton's only score came at the end of the game when Quentin Smith rumbled in from two yards out, but the two-point conversion failed.

Hebron, meanwhile, improved to 5-1 thanks to a big game from Christian Davilia. Davilia scored once and also intercepted a pass.