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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: SGA wraps up first Region 2-AA title under Bell with win against Flint River

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

DAMASCUS -- For the first time under coach David Bell, the Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors can call themselves Region 2-AA champs after beating Flint River Academy, 32-16, on Friday night behind another big game from Taylor Tabb and his cousin Troupe, as well as a solid game passing and running from quarterback Dillon Driver.

"It feels great," Bell said. "We've wrapped up the region title and we've just been playing a whole lot better since (our one loss) to Westwood."

SGA has now won seven in a row since that early season loss.

Taylor Tabb rushed for 102 yards on 14 carries and scored twice, then had a receiving TD from Dillon Driver from 26 yards out. Taylor's TD runs were from 35 yards and 2 yards out.

Troupe, meanwhile, rushed for 32 yards on nine carries and scored once from 2 yards out, and Driver finished with 78 rushing on six carries and 154 yards passing, going 10-for-17 with two TDs, one of which was caught by Cody Buckhalter. Buckhalter finished with seven catches for 90 yards, while Vann Harrell and the Warriors' defense held Flint River to a total of just 109 yards on offense.

SGA was ahead, 32-0, after the fourth quarter and never looked back.

SGA (7-1, 5-0 in Region 2-AA) hosts Brookwood next week to close out its regular season and then will host in the first round of state in two weeks.

Bell said he won't rest any starters and will try to finish strong.

"We're coming to play," he said.

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SOUTHLAND 18, BETHESDA 13:

The Raiders picked up a big region win -- as well as some much-needed momentum -- Friday heading into the showdown next week with unbeaten Deerfield thanks to a big night from Collin Holloway.

Hollway rushed for 138 yards on 11 carries and one score -- which was the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter with Southland trailing, 13-12.

Holloway's score was from 10 yards out, and while it put the Raiders ahead, the win wasn't secured until Luke Alexander recovered a Bethesda fumble with 40 seconds left inside the red zone to seal it.

Southland's other two scores came in the first half from Logan Deathridge from 8 yards out on a rushing TD, and Wes Downs added the other from 9 yards out. Southland missed all of its PATs.

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EARLY COUNTY 13, ALBANY 7:

T.J. Allen threw a 48-yard TD pass to Devontay Spencer, then tossed another to Quayven Levatte and the Bobcats picked up a big Region 1-AA win Friday against the Indians and now only need to beat Brooks County next week to slide into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

Scoring for Albany was Jeconiah Jackson, who found the end zone from 45 yards out, but that was all the offense for the Indians, who were shut down by Tracy Smith (11 tackles, 1 sack) as the Bobcats also forced three fumbles and recovered all three -- one each by Levatte, Jacori Taylor and DeAngelo Young.

Albany closes out its season at home vs. Cook on Friday.