VALDOSTA - The Valwood Valiants entered Friday night undefeated and looking for a taste of revenge against the Southwest Georgia Warriors, the team which handed the Valiants there first loss of 2010.
SGA upended unbeaten Valwood, 20-17, to seize control in a crowded Region 3-AA race.
"They were 5-0 last year and we whipped 'em," SGA coach David Bell said. "I felt like we had a pretty good ball club and we could go over there and do it again."
SGA won despite giving up 15 points in the first five minutes, but the Warriors (4-1, 2-0) kept their cool and responded to make it 15-14 by halftime thanks to two Nathan Lingo scores -- one on a fumble recovery in the end zone and the other on a 60-yard pass from QB Dillon Driver.
The Warriors defense held Valwood from there, and their offense put together an impressive 92-yard touchdown drive early in the second half, which was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Will Warren. The score propelled Southwest Georgia into the lead, by a score of 20-15.
The touchdown marked the first time all season that the Valiants trailed. SGA took a safety late for the final tally.
"It was a heck of a football game. That's what you coach for right there," Valwood head coach Brannon Tidwell said.
Offensively, the Warriors came alive in the second half, accumulating most of their yardage late in the game, finishing with 239 yards of total offense.
BAINBRIDGE 35, HARDAWAY 0: BAINBRIDGE -- Bainbridge used a familiar formula to earn its first Region 1-AAAA win of the season Friday night -- run the ball, run the ball and then run the ball some more.
Junior running backs Terry Lewis and Damian Bouie each had two rushing touchdowns, and senior quarterback Quincy Fortson added a touchdown run of his own as the Bearcats defeated Hardaway, 35-0, at Centennial Field.
"Offensively we were sharper tonight than we've been just about all year," said Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher, whose team also earned its first shutout of the season. "The defense played outstanding tonight as well."
It was Bainbridge's first shutout since 2007, when the Bearcats shut out Dothan (Ala.) 49-0.
Bainbridge (4-1, 1-1 in Region 1-AAAA) took advantage of two early interceptions and rushed out to a quick 21-0 lead with 10:59 left in the second quarter. The Bearcats opened the second half with a methodical 16-play, 56-yard scoring drive that lasted 9 minutes, 8 seconds. Bouie ended the drive with a 7-yard run and Daniel Provence, who was 5-for-5 on extra points, added the kick to put Bainbridge ahead, 28-0.
The Bearcats were able to rebound from last Saturday's 31-0 loss at Northside-Warner Robins, as Bainbridge evened its region record at 1-1.
Bouie finished the game with 15 carries for 72 yards, and Fortson had 11 carries for 55 yards.
TERRELL ACADEMY 45, DAWSON STREET 14: The Eagles played a tough non-region schedule for a reason, and despite their 0-3 start, it seems to be paying off against their 3-A opponents.
TAE moved to 2-0 in region play, thanks to three TDs from Josh Wardrip -- all rushing -- and three interceptions on defense from Blake Grimsley, who also kicked three point-after attempts Friday.
Grey Rowe got TAE on the board first in the second quarter with a five-yard TD run -- but then the Wardrip Show began. Wardrip scored three of the Eagles' next six TDs on runs of 14 , 30 and 50 yards, while in between QB Chris Rogers found Josh Brunswick from 15 yards out and Zak Hurst from 31 yards out and the rout was on. Logan Duckworth added a meaningless TD with no time left from 40 yards away, but TAE (2-3, 2-0) took a knee and didn't even attempt the PAT.
AMERICUS-SUMTER 6, MONROE 0: Nope, that score is not a mistake.
The expected aerial assault from the Panthers and Tornadoes never happened as Americus put together a huge defensive night to shut down Monroe and move to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Region 1-AAA, while Monroe is now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in 1-AAA. This was the Tornadoes' fourth straight loss after starting 2-0.
"Our defense played a great game. We had a great game plan we put together for Monroe and it worked. We created turnovers all night -- I think we finished with five or six, a combination of fumbles and interceptions," A-S coach Michael Pollock said. "But give Monroe credit -- their defense played a heck of a ball game, too. We're glad to come out on top."
The only score of the game came early in the second quarter when Americus-Sumter QB Bryce Benton found Malik Thomas for a passing score, but the Panthers missed the PAT. Americus was led on defense by Jarod Lewis, who had two picks.
CRISP ACADEMY 44, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 28: The Patriots fell to 0-2 in region play and 2-4 overall with another tough loss. Trey Goree scored twice from one and two yards out, while Matt Kendrick added a 20-yard score and Blake Lamb notched the other.
WESTWOOD 41, DAWSON STREET 12: Westwood lit up the scoreboard again this week with a 41-12 victory against Dawson Street. This marks the sixth straight game that Westwood has surpassed the 40-point mark on the year.
The Wildcats had a host of different players who reached the endzone, led by Daniel Hayes and J.T. Edore, who both had a pair of touchdowns. The tandem was also matched by Caleb Morrell and Chason Worsham, who each had a touchdown.
"Our first-team defense was outstanding (Friday) -- we allowed only one score," Westwood coach Ross Worsham said.
Westwood will defend its undefeated record (6-0, 2-0 Region GISA 3-A) at home next week against Randolph Southern.
RANDOLPH-CLAY 40, STEWART COUNTY 18: In a Region 1-A showdown, Randolph-Clay posted a huge road win against Stewart County.
The Red Devils' Don Bolden put on a clinic with 293 rushing yards and two TDs, making a strong push for a 1,000-yard campaign just five games into the season.
The stellar ground game continued as Cornelius Bennett also went for 89 yards and two TDs, followed by Montell Hardwick, who had 45 yards and one TD. Stewart County also made an amazing play during the game as they took an interception100 yards for a score.
"We had a couple of turnovers, but turned it around and got it going," Randolph-Clay coach Daniel McFather said.
The Red Devils now stand at 3-2 overall, and 1-1 in the region. They go on the road to Terrell County next week.
CALHOUN COUNTY 28, TERRELL COUNTY 13: Vincent Powell had 120 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead Calhoun County to a 28-13 Region 1-A victory against Terrell County.
Defense was the biggest factor, as the Cougars were able to recover two fumbles.
"The team looked great. (We) came out sluggish but picked it up in the second half," Calhoun County coach John Williams said.
The Cougars are 3-2 overall on the year and 2-1 in the region, while the Greenwave fell to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the region.
Next week the Cougars face Jeff Davis on the road, while Terrell County hosts Randolph-Clay.
HEBRON 31, BACONTON CHARTER 7: After falling behind 17-7 at halftime, Baconton was unable to recover and fell to Hebron Academy, 31-7.
Tight end Zach Jones tallied the lone TD on a Brock Pinson 10-yard pass. Running back Quinton Smith also rushed for 62 yards. Defensively, Brandon Shiver anchored them with 10 tackles on the night.
"Turnovers got us in a hole on the evening. We're a work in progress right now as a team" Baconton coach Glenn Palmer said.
The Blazers have an open week next Friday and resume play Oct. 21 against Stewart County.
CRISP COUNTY 42, DOUGHERTY 6: Dougherty's only score in a 42-6 loss to Crisp County on Friday came when Willie Jones found Kendal Hicks with just over six minutes left in the game.
Dougherty fell to 1-5 and 0-2 in Region 1-AAA with the loss.