FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: GISA No. 1 teams Westwood, DWS roll; Herald No. 2 Monroe shocked

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

CAMILLA -- Finally, the Cardiac Cats didn't give their fans any heart attacks.

The GISA Class A No. 1-ranked Westwood Wildcats, who were 3-0 entering Friday night's game against Flint River after three heart-stopping, late wins to open the season, took care of business early and rolled, 34-16.

"It feels good to get up like we did and (not have to battle) like we have been at the end of games," Westwood coach Ross Worsham said. "We got to play some young kids and it was just a good total team effort."

J.T. Edore, a freshman, kicked things off with a seven-yard TD run to open the game, capping an 80-yard drive. Brother Jake Edore added the extra point and was 4-for-5 on the night.

Flint then fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Mason Worsham, who ran it back for 50 yards and a score. Jake Edore then made it 21-0 on a 40-yard scamper, then added another rushing TD from 39 yards out as Westwood led, 27-8, after a late Flint score just before the break.

John Vereen caught a pass from Worsham in the second half from 42 yards out to end Westwood's scoring.

But it wasn't just the offense that shined Friday in the win, which gave the Wildcats a perfect 4-0 mark.

Carlton Brooks, Daniel Hayes and Jamie Davis all had seven tackles, while Davis also recovered a fumble and Worsham recovered two.

Westwood hasn't been 4-0 since the 2001 season, but the coach isn't feeling as comfortable as he'd like.

"The 4-0 start is nice, but we start region play next week and it's back to 0-0," the coach said. "That's when the real season begins."



Davis Moore was a force all game for the Knights, rushing for a game-high 134 yards on 18 attempts. He also fueled the Deerfield defense by recording two interceptions.

"We played well overall," said Deerfield coach Allen Lowe, whose team improved to 4-0 and is ranked No. 1 in GISA Class AAA. "It was a good win for us."

Deerfield's Gaughf Ivey reached the end zone twice -- once on a 12-yard touchdown catch, the other on a 3-yard TD run.

Deerfield quarterback Banks Kinslow had also had a good game, finishing with 174 yards on 10-13 passing with 2 touchdowns. Quentin Heard had an additional 106 yards on 14 carries to solidify Deerfield's rushing attack and also took a short pass in for a touchdown.

With the win, Deerfield remains perfect to start the season and next faces Brentwood School.



Monroe coach Charles Truiit summed it up in one word.

"Stunned," he said with a sigh. "We're just stunned right now."

That's how The Herald No. 2 Tornadoes felt Friday night after a shocking loss to Brooks County (3-1), which handed previously unbeaten Monroe (3-1) its first loss of the season, 27-19.

"We just didn't execute in the second half," Truitt said. "We had a great first half, but not the second. We led, 19-10, at the half, and it just got away from us."

No stats for either team were available at The Herald's press time.



Ellis Anderson's 10-yard scoring run was the only bright spot for a Worth team that made a number of errors on the field. The Rams had a punt that was blocked that put Tift in scoring position and had an interception returned against them and a fumble on a kickoff return.

"(Tift) played well," Worth coach Scotty Ward said. "We had too many mistakes."

The loss puts Worth's record at 2-2, while the win improves Tift to 3-2 overall. The Rams will take on Americus-Sumter next week to open region play.



DONALSONVILLE -- Seminole improved to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in region play after a 63-18 romp against Calhoun County on Friday night.

Indians QB Antwan Buggs, fresh off his nod as The Herald Player of the Week, made a strong case for a repeat performance, throwing for five scores and running for another in the win.

The amazing thing, however, was that Buggs only completed six passes on the night on 10 attempts.

"Buggs certainly looked good," Seminole coach Alan Ingram said. "But I hate that we let the score get like that. (Calhoun coach John Williams) is a good friend of mine and I think he may have been a little upset with me after the game, but he'll sleep on it and we'll be friends again."

Dee Virgin also had a huge game, rushing for 109 yards and scoring twice, while also catching one of Buggs' TD passes.

Buggs finished with 196 yards passing and also tossed scores to Jaquan Johnson (40 yards) and Nate George (21 and 9 yards). Javonte Smith and Barren Rambo both scored on the ground for SC.

For Calhoun, Marquez Williams caught two TD passes from QB Aaron Thornton of 55 and 30 yards, and Jacquanvious Foster punched in the Cougars' other TD from 10 yards out late in the game.



Caleb Morrell tossed three TD pass and the Hornets opened region play 1-0.

Morrell tossed a TD pass of 34 yards to Darius Thomas, a 22-yard pass to Kenny Randall and then watched as teammate Brandon Bostick handled the rest.

Bostick returned a kickoff 85 yards for the score before halftime and then added an 11-yard TD catch from Morrell.

Denzel Jackson scored on a four-yard run after halftime and Ruben Martinez added a 27-yard field goal.

"We feel good about the win," Pelham coach Jim Morrell said. "We had a big lead at halftime and we never relented. My hat's off to Stewart, though. Those kids played hard."



VALDOSTA -- They say all good things must come to an end.

Fortunately for the Valwood Valiants, their undefeated start to the 2010 season was not one of those things Friday night.

The Valiants dominated the Randolph Southern Patriots 47-6 to secure their fourth victory of the young season. They are 4-0 for the first time since 1992.

"We just told them to come out from the start because we have been playing around in games and we have had teams coming back on us, so the biggest thing was coming out of the gate and going from the get-go and getting points," Valwood head coach Brandon Tidwell said.

Valwood racked up 452 yards of offense while holding the Patriots to just 94.

No final stats were available from Randolph Southern.