BAINBRIDGE -- After going ahead, 21-0, at halftime, Bainbridge held off TCC, 27-24, in overtime as the Yellow Jackets stormed back and tied the game late to force the extra period.
Several missed field goals prevented Herald No. 2 Bainbridge from widening its margin before the second half and TCC regrouped.
"This was a whacky game with us being up that much and ending in overtime," Bearcats coach Ed Pilcher said.
The star of the night was Quincy Fortson, who had 131 yards rushing and 2 TDs and also passed for 90 yards and the game winning touchdown in overtime to Rodney Glenn.
"Rodney (Glenn) was able to find space against the safety," Pilcher said of the game-winning catch. "It sealed the game."
Offensively, RB Terry Lewis had 51 yards rushing, eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing on the year. Darryl McGee recovered a block punt, notching a defensive score and Dontavius Baulkman had a momentum-killing interception in the second half.
The Bearcats (8-2, 5-2) will be opening at Ware County next week in the Class AAAA playoffs as the No. 3 seed.
MILLER COUNTY 46, STEWART COUNTY 22: Senior night brought about a huge victory for Miller County, which is now headed to the playoffs.
"We're glad we got a win and going to the playoffs," Miller coach Frank Killingsworth said.
Offensively, Algin Meritt passed for four TDs, including a 17-yarder to Lamar Perkins and one to Adrian Hayes for 56 yards. On defense, the Pirates were able to compile back-to-back interceptions returned for touchdowns by DBs Marvin Grant and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection T.T. Barber.
Miller County ends the regular season at 4-6 and will open the GHSA Class A playoffs next week on the road at Charlton County.
BROOKS COUNTY 25, EARLY COUNTY 8: The Bobcats ended their tough year with another tough defeat.
"We didn't play as well as we should have, and the end result was a loss," said Early County coach Trey Woolf, whose team suffered one heartbreaking loss after another this season, including a last-second defeat to state-ranked Fitzgerald, 20-14, a narrow defeat to Herald No. 2 Bainbridge, 16-12, a 13-12 overtime loss to Thomasville and a 27-26 nailbiter to state power Cook.
Brandon Carter had the lone touchdown on the evening in the second quarter. Defensively, Rick Jester had two fumble recoveries and Devontae Spencer blocked one PAT on the night. The Bobcats end the season at 4-6 overall and 2-4 in region play.
WESTFIELD 42, SHERWOOD 6: Friday ended a tough year for Sherwood as they fell hard to region rival Westfield. The injury bug struck again for the Eagles as QB Dalton Todd went down. His replacement Rashad Davis was able to thriow a touchdown pass to receiver Mack Green.
"It started off well in the first half, but we couldn't get going afterwards," first-year Eagles coach Otis Covington said.
Some of that steady first quarter play started on defense as Vashon Gaines was able to get an interception in the secondary for Sherwood, which finished 1-9.
TERRELL ACADEMY 50, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 24: Albany Herald Week 6 Player of the Week Josh Wardrip scored four times Friday night for Terrell Academy, which raced out to a 50-0 lead before halftime on one-win Randolph Southern, then shut it down from there for a 50-24 win.
Wardrip scored on runs of 9, 1, 35 and 12 yards, while Blake Grimsley added a TD run of 6 yards -- and was 4-of-5 on PAT kicks -- and Zack Hurst hauled in a pass from Chris Rogers from 4 yards out in the rout. TAE then put its second string in and Gable Freeman tossed a TD pass to Tyler Rice to wrap the scoring. Blake Lamb scored just before halftime for Randolph Southern, but by then this one was all but over.
The Eagles (5-5, 5-1) had already secured the No. 2 seed and homefield advantage in the GISA Class A state playoffs, which begin next week.
COOK 43, ALBANY HIGH 14: The Indians were a longshot to make the GHSA Class AA playoffs, but they needed a win and some help Friday to get in.
They got neither.
Cook turned a 21-14 halftime lead into a 29-point rout as the Indians end coach Felton Williams' third season with a 4-6 record and just one win in region play.
Jeconiah Jackson scored Albany's only two TDs, one on an 80-yard kickoff return and the other on a 35-yard TD pass from QB Emmanul Byrd.
"I thought this win was doable, but I knew we couldn't make mistakes and costly turnovers -- and we did both," Williams said. "We're just going to take the next two weeks off, then get back in the weight room and take it up a notch next year. We're headed in the right direction -- that's for sure."
Albany won just two games last year and zero games in Williams' first year as interim coach in 2009.
GLASCOCK 48, BACONTON CHARTER 6: The Blazers ended the year winless, getting only a kickoff return of 70 yards by Bakarie McDuffie, which set up a Garrison Dykes' rushing score for the lone Baconton touchdown on the evening.
"It's tough on the kids. We gotta regroup and prepare for next year," said Baconton coach Glenn Palmer, whose second-year varsity program ended the season 0-10.
CALHOUN COUNTY 46, PELHAM 20: Calhoun County closed out a tough regular season -- which saw the Cougars lose several heartbreakers -- with a road victory to claim the tiebreaker in the Region 1-A race and sneak into the playoffs. The Cougars had a spectacular night running the football, led by Willie Brown with 178 yards and 3 TDs. Sherrod Williams also rushed for 120 yards with 2 TDs, and Marquell Middleton had 80 yards and a TD. Leading tackler for the night was Cortez Brown with 9 tackles.
"It was a battle, we were up 14-12 at halftime and I knew the game was going to be tough throughout," Calhoun coach John Williams said.
Wilcox County, the No. 2-ranked team in Class A, will be the opponent next week in the opening round of the playoffs for the Cougars (4-6, 3-4 in 1-A).
No final stats were available at press time for Pelham, which ends its first season under Frankie Carroll at 4-6 overall and 4-4 in region.
CAIRO 42, AMERICUS-SUMTER 0: It's a different year but same story for the Cairo Syrupmakers.
For the fourth time in five years, the Syrupmakers are the kings of Region 1-AAA.
For a second straight season, the Americus-Sumter Panthers were the Syrupmakers' final victim en route to the region crown.
After dismantling the Panthers 42-7 in last year's region championship game, the Syrupmakers cruised again Friday night, 42-0.
Defense, Cairo's forte for so many years, was a big reason for Friday night's win. The Syrupmakers intercepted Panthers quarterback Bryce Benton three times, including once by Donald Thomas in the end zone on Americus-Sumter's first drive. The Panthers never threatened again, as Cairo pitched its second straight shutout.
Cairo will host the first round of the playoffs next week against Westside-Macon, while Americus-Sumter will host Mary Persons.