FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Seminole, Terrell Academy lose barnburners in season openers; Miller blanked; Calhoun falls to Lanier

DONALSONVILLE -- Class A No. 5 Wesleyan connected on a 60-yard screen pass with a minute and a half left in Friday night's game and came back to beat Seminole County, 43-40.

Down to just 12 active players because of injuries and suspensions, Seminole coach Alan Ingram said his team simple "ran out of gas."

"We came storming right back after that touchdown, but I had 10 guys playing both ways and we pretty much ran out of gas," Ingram said.

The Indians racked up 359 rushing yards in the game and were paced by Antwan Buggs, who had 136 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. Also for Seminole, Barren Rambo had 125 yards on 19 carries, and Chris Brown had 98 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Brown, a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection, also had an interception.

THOMAS JEFFERSON 43, TERRELL ACADEMY 42: Terrell Academy came out on the wrong end of a shootout Friday night against Thomas Jefferson, which beat the Eagles.

The Eagles threw for 196 yards and rushed for 121 yards, but Thomas Jefferson's 402 rushing yards ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.

Terrell Academy never led in the game and trailed by nine points twice, including late in the fourth quarter. A Blake Grimsley 60-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Chris Rogers with three minutes left in the game brought the Eagles to within three points, and a two-point conversion run by Josh Brunswick pulled Terrell Academy to within one.

The Eagles forced a Thomas Jefferson punt in the final minutes but couldn't march down the field for a game-winning score.

"We had a penalty and didn't convert, and that was the end of a ball game," Terrell Academy coach Bill Murdock said of an intentional grounding penalty that ended the game.

Rogers led Terrell Academy with a pair of touchdown passes and 53 rushing yards, and Grimsley was the top receiver with 121 receiving yards on six receptions. Todd Beaver also had two touchdown runs.

WILCOX COUNTY 34, MILLER COUNTY 0: As it turns out, T.T. Barber truly is a game-changer. And Friday night, Miller County found that out the hard way.

Barber, Miller's starting quarterback and a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection who had to sit out the Pirates' season opener with a concussion he suffered in practice this week, watched helplessly as preseason Class A No. 6 Wilcox County raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 34-0 win in both teams' season openers.

"(T.T.) would've helped tremendously," Miller coach Frank Killingsworth said. "Our offense is based around T.T., and when he's out, that makes it tough on us."

Miller held the high-powered Wilcox offense to just a touchdown in the second half, a feat Killingsworth said he was proud of.

"(Freshman Algin Merritt) did a good job moving the ball in the second half and our defense held them, but by then it was too late," he said. "We'll have T.T. back next week and I think we'll be OK. Wilcox is a mighty fine team. My hat's off to them.

LANIER COUNTY 24, CALHOUN COUNTY 14: The Cougars had two first-half touchdowns called back and never recovered as they lost their season opener in heartbreaking fashion less than a week after looking dangerous in a shutout scrimmage win against Randolph-Clay.

"I think we may have been a little over confident after that scrimmage win," Calhoun coach John Williams said. "But the mistakes just killed us (Friday night)."

The highlights for Calhoun (0-1) came from senior quarterback Aaron Thornton and his star receiver Vincent Powell. Thornton scored on a QB sneak and later found Powell from 30 yards out for a passing TD. Powell also converted a 2-point play to pull Calhoun with a score late in the game, but Lanier's defense held on. Powell also had an interception.