CUTHBERT -- With its top two rushers rendered ineffective due to injuries Friday night, the Terrell County Greenwave stormed Cuthbert and handed previously unbeaten Randolph-Clay a 26-13 loss.
"We played well in all phases of the game. The defense played a complete game and we overcame our mistakes," Greenwave coach William Huff said. "We had kids in the right places all night and we made the plays we had to make."
The Red Devils, who were averaging more than 300 yards on the ground in their first five games between star running backs Cardaryle Curry and Johnny Foster, didn't get much from their dynamic duo Friday as Foster was still nursing an injury suffered last week against Stewart County and Curry -- The Albany Herald Gridiron Player of the Week this past week -- hurt his leg on the first series and was limited the rest of the night.
Jacolby Calloway scored three times for Terrell and Jerkerious Scott scored once, while Caleb McFather threw two TD passes for the Red Devils -- both to Alkwan Sullivan.
Terrell improved to 2-2 in region play, while Randolph-Clay lost its first region game of the season.
SEMINOLE 27, PELHAM 7:
The Indians were coming off a forfeit loss last Friday against Mitchell, and took out their frustrations on Pelham on Friday to improve to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 1-A.
Barren Rambo (20 carries, 118 yards) scored all four of Seminole's touchdowns -- two from one yard, one from four yards and the other from 40 yards out -- and Indians QB Antwan Buggs rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries. Nate George also picked off a Hornets pass.
"Barren ran it hard for us (Friday night)," Seminole coach Alan Ingram said.
Pelham, meanwhile, fell to 0-7 on the season and its lone highlight came late in the fourth quarter when Caleb Morrell found Kenny Randall for the Hornets' only score from 25 yards out.
"The kids played hard again -- and were outclassed and outmatched, just like we are every Friday -- but they never quit," Pelham coach Jim Morrell said.
FITZGERALD 56, EARLY COUNTY 34:
It was an offensive shootout Friday night, but unfortunately for Bobcat fans, Early County (1-5, 0-2) was on the losing end.
Early County gave state power Fitzgerald a scare early as the game stood tied, 14-14, after the first quarter thanks to T.J. Allen hooking up with Quayven Levatte from 20 yards out, then Ladonis Bryant got into the action with a 25-yard rushing score of his own.
But the Purple Hurricanes went nuts in the second quarter, scoring 28 unanswered to go up, 42-14, at the half.
Bryant opened the scoring in the third with another TD, this time from 1-yard out, then Bryant threw a pass to Tracey Smith from five yards out to pull to 49-28 after another Fitzgerald score just before the start of the fourth quarter.
The final Bobcats TD came from Allen to Bryant on a 48-yard bomb.
Early County hosts Berrien in a Region 1-AA duel next Friday.
SGA 26, ARLINGTON 18:
The Tabb cousins -- Taylor and Troupe -- combined for 307 yards rushing (175 by Taylor; 132 for Troupe) as the Warriors continued to prove they're one of the best teams in GISA Class AA after another impressive win.
Taylor Tabb carried the ball 28 times and scored once, but that TD came on a 45-yard punt return, while Troupe didn't make it into the end zone, despite carrying the ball 19 times.
But that was OK. Dillon Driver did Friday's dirty work.
The other three SGA scores were courtesy of Driver, SGA's QB, who rushed for 25 yards and two scores, and also threw for another to Alan Gray, who recorded 31 passing yards.
The win makes SGA 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-AA play as the Warriors take a week off before getting ready to face Heritage Christian in another region showdown.
The SGA defense held Arlington to negative two yards rushing in the second half and a total of just 82 offensive yards after halftime.
Terrell Academy wins third straight
DAWSON -- Led by three touchdowns by Levi Griffin and three interceptions by Clay Willis -- one of which was returned for a score -- the Terrell Academy Eagles beat Dawson Street on Friday night, 28-14, to win its third game in a row after starting the season 0-2-1.
Griffin finished with 111 yards on 21 carries and his first score was set up by a Willis pick in the first quarter.
Dawson then scored before halftime on a Hail Mary, but failed to convert its two-point play to leave the score at 7-6 heading into intermission.
After that, it was all Terrell Academy.
The Eagles, who are the two-time defending Class A state champs, scored on a Griffin one-yard run to open the third quarter, then Griffin struck again from 17 yards out in the fourth. Willis' third pick of the game was returned for a TD from 28 yards out to cap Terrell's scoring. Nick Beaver, the Eagles' kicker, was perfect on PATs on the night.
Terrell hosts Southland next week.
WESTFIELD 48, SOUTHLAND ACADEMY 14:
The Raiders fell to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in region play after one of their stars, Kevin Greene, got hurt early and never returned.
"I think Kevin will be OK," Southland coach Tim Goodin said.
In Greene's absence, Southland got scores from Jake Hood (15 yards out) and Logan Deatherage (15 yards, as well) and John Adkins came in for Greene and tossed the two-point conversion to Dustin Schattles.
Southland now must prepare for a non-region game against none other than the red-hot TAE Eagles next week.