FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: SGA's Tabb cousins combine for 8 TDs in Warriors rout; Terrell Academy gets first win; Westwood stays perfect; Bainbridge falls

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

DAMASCUS -- Southwest Georgia Academy seniors Taylor Tabb and cousin Troupe Tabb combined for -- count 'em -- eight touchdowns Friday night in a 58-21 win against Harvesters Christian as the Warriors (3-1, 1-0 in Region 3-AA) opened region play with a win.

Taylor Tabb, The Herald's only preseason Dynamite Dozen selection from a GISA program, had 16 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns -- one of them receiving from quarterback Dillon Driver, who threw two -- and also picked off two passes and returned one for a score. Troupe Tabb carried 10 times for 76 yards and three scores -- again, one of them receiving from Driver -- and, like his older brother, also picked off two passes and returned one for a TD.

SGA now gets set to host Valwood at home next week.



Nick Beaver rushed for three TDs -- of 19, 17 and 20 yards -- as the Eagles (1-2-1) got their first win of the season, as well as opening up Region 2-A play with a win.

The Eagles welcomed a new QB in Zach Hurst, who replaced starter Chris Rogers (torn ACL). Hurst commanded the offense to a 35-0 halftime lead on scores from Beaver, Levi Griffin (8 yards and 7 yards) and one from Brian Ambrose (2 yards). The Eagles ran for 284 yards on the night, including the longest score of the game from freshman Josh Brunswick from 45 yards out to cap TAE's scoring.



J.T. Edore scored the first three touchdowns for the GISA Class A No. 1-ranked Wildcats, then older brother Jake Edore scored twice to lift Westwood to a perfect 5-0 start overall and a 1-0 beginning in region play.

Westwood's other two TDs were scored by John Vereen and Brody Collins, both coming on the ground.



The Greenwave led, 8-6, at halftime, but a different Pirates team emerged from the locker room after intermission.

And when they did, Marvin Grant (two TDs, 68 yards on each), T.T. Barber (one TD, 1 yard out) and Jack Edwards (one TD, 18 yards) ran wild for Miller (3-1, 1-0), which opened Region 1-A play up with a win, while Terrell (1-4, 0-2) remained winless in region play.

"We hadn't played in 10 days, and we just didn't have the intensity and focus in the first half," Miller coach Frank Killingsworth said. "We got refocused at halftime and came out strong."

The Greenwave's lone score came from quarterback Jerkerious Scott from 1 yard out, while Tim Bennett added a safety. The Greenwave, however, were blanked in the second half.

"We have to learn how to finish games," Terrell coach William Huff said.

Miller's Marcus Bullard also picked off two passes, while Barber also had nine tackles and Grant finished with 168 yards rushing.



For a while, Bainbridge looked ready to pull off the biggest upset in Georgia, but the Bearcats couldn't stay with Northside, Warner Robins, the top-ranked Class AAAA team in the state which stayed unbeaten with a 35-14 win in the Region 1-AAAA opener for both teams Friday night.

Bainbridge got two touchdowns from Aaron Hall, who caught a 10-yard TD pass from Steven Bench and scored on a 62-yard run to keep things at 14-14, but Northside (4-0) scored with 24 seconds left before halftime, then shut out Bainbridge (2-2, 0-1 in Region 1-AAAA and 2-3 overall) in the second half.



Daylon Blanton, in place on injured starting quarterback Grant Kimbrel, rushed for 115 yards on 17 carries and scored twice as the Patriots (2-3, 1-0) picked up their first Region 2-A win. Matt Kendrick added Randolph's other TD on a five-yard rush.

Randolph travels to face Crisp Academy next week in another region game.



The Indians were in a "dogfight" early with the state power Purple Hurricanes and actually sat tied, 0-0, after the first quarter.

But Fitzgerald scored three times before halftime -- one of them coming with 18 seconds before intermission -- and all Albany could manage was two Daniel Castenada field goals after five trips inside the Purple Hurricanes' red zone.

"It was a dogfight at first, and we played well, but as everyone knows, if you make mistakes against Fitzgerald, they make you pay," Albany coach Felton Williams said. "We missed some tackles and the defense really took a step back (Friday night), but on offense, we also have to come away with more than field goals when you get inside their 20 five times."

Albany falls to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in Region 1-AA as the Indians travel to Berrien next week.



One week after the Bobcats' first victory, which came against Westover, they ran into the buzzsaw that is the state powerhouse Bulldogs, who racked up only 328 yards of total offense to Early's 331, but took advantage of three lost Bobcats fumbles in the win.

Ladonis Bryant, who passed for more than 100 yards Friday, tossed Early's first score of the night in the first quarter to Devontay Spencer from 16 yards out, then Bryant found Quayven Levatte from 65 yards out in the third quarter as Ricardo Castro converted both PATs.

Bryant capped off Early's scoring in the fourth quarter with a 46-yard TD run, but it was too late at that point as Early fell to 1-4 on the season and opened Region 1-AA play with a loss.

The Bobcats, who racked up 197 yards rushing on the night, are off next week, then travel to Fitzgerald.



Southland broke up a 14-14 tie with two fourth-quarter touchdown runs from Collin Holloway to knock off Tiftarea. The Raiders improved to 2-1 in GISA Region 1-AAA and are 3-2 for the year. Tiftarea dropped to 1-4 and 1-2 in the region.

Holloway scored three times. He had a 6-yard TD run in the first half, and then scored on a 10-yard TD run to lift Southland to a 21-14 lead, and finally scored on a 5-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. He finished with 73 yards on 15 carries.

Southland quarterback Jake Hood was the workhorse, gaining 165 yards on 22 carries. He scored on a 10-yard run.