TCC defender Damien Williams chases down Lee County Matt Mears during Friday night's Yellow Jackets rout in Thomasville. (Hubby Brooks/Thomas Times-Enterprise).
THOMASVILLE -- In their final home regular season game, TCC (6-2, 4-1) ran for 458 yards, had seven touchdowns of at least 40 yards and dominated Herald No. 4 Lee County, 56-29, sending the Trojans to their third straight loss.
Quarterback Adam Choice deserved a curtain call after his offensive display. The sophomore ran for a career-high 313 yards and four touchdowns. Choice also had a couple of touchdown tosses to Peyton Singletary and James Davis.
Choice had touchdown gallops of 89, 70, 40 and 65 yards.
Central's big rushing night overshadowed Lee County's aerial attack. The Trojans' Matt Mears completed 24 of 56 passes for 291 and found five different receivers. Josh Cabrera caught both of Mears' touchdown passes and finished with 80 yards receiving.
Kenneth Hurley finished with a team-high 101 yards rushing on 19 carries for Lee, while Brandon Paden caught three passes for 44 yards and Casey Hightower had another big game with seven catches for 100 yards.
Lee (4-4), which started out the season 3-0, has now lost four of its last five games and will try to pick up the pieces next week when it hosts Bainbridge.
BROOKS COUNTY 62, ALBANY 27: Albany High played state-ranked Brooks County close, and then the Trojans took over the game and Albany High's season.
"We played them close for three quarters and then we just didn't tackle,'' said Albany High coach Felton Williams, whose team's playoff hopes ended with a 62-27 loss to Brooks (4-0 in Region 1-AA and 7-1 overall) on Friday.
Albany High is now 1-3 in Region 1-AA and 4-4 for the season, but with two games left, the Indians can't finish in the top four in the seven-team region that includes three state-ranked teams.
"We can't make the playoffs, but I told our kids to finish strong,'' Williams said. "We want to finish strong in our last two games and win them both.''
The Indians looked pretty strong early, and trailed just 21-19 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
"We were right there with them, just down by two points but then Malcolm Parrish just took over. He scored in the third quarter and scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. We just couldn't stop him.''
Albany High quarterback Emmanul Byrd had a big night, throwing two touchdown passes of 15 and 20 yards to Rantiez Williams, and he also ran for a 10-yard TD to close the gap to 21-19 in the third. He finished the night completing 15-of-25 for 200 yards, but was intercepted twice.
TERRELL ACADEMY 27, WINDSOR 14: Man, oh, man is there a big one about to go down in Camilla next week.
Terrell Academy (4-4, 4-0 in Region 2-A) dropped Windsor Academy on Friday at home, 27-14, while its neighbor to the south, Class A defending state champ Westwood, smoked Crisp Academy, 60-6, to set up a region title showdown next week at Centennial Stadium for all the marbles.
Westwood, the No. 1-ranked team in Class A all season, improved to 8-0 and remained unbeaten in region play at 4-0.
Terrell had no trouble with Windsor on Friday thanks to huge nights from Josh Wardrip and Chris Rogers. Wardrip rushed for 177 of TAE's 187 total yards and scored once on the ground from 4 yards out, and caught a TD pass from Rogers for 21 yards.
Rogers, meanwhile, threw three TDs and finished with 149 yards passing, going 10-of-17 with no picks. Zak Hurst caught the first score, Josh Brunswick snagged the second one and Wardrip the third as TAE raced out to a 20-0 lead -- thanks in part to a Casey Jones blocked punt -- and never looked back.
The win also secures homefield advantage for the Eagles in the first round of the GISA Class A playoffs, no matter whether they win or lose Friday to Westwood.
DEERFIELD 42, TIFTAREA 20: The Knights (7-2, 5-0 in Region 2-AAA) went ahead, 42-6, at halftime and cruised, thanks to three scores from Kh'Ron McClain -- one rushing and two receiving -- and DWS now gets set for a showdown for the region title next week on the road at rival Westfield.
McClain finished with three carries for 63 yards, Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Quentin Heard led the Knights with 95 yards rushing on 10 carries and one TD and Gaughf Ivey had 53 yards on four carries and one score. KE'Marvin Pitts added 30 yards on three carries and one score, and Knights QB Dallas Margeson was 6-of-10 passing for 55 yards and two TDs, both to McClain.
DWS kicker Trey Puckett was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs and narrowly missed a 57-yard field goal.
WESTWOOD 60, CRISP ACADEMY 6: The Wildcats were led by J.T. Edore with 4 rushing TDs and 94 yards. Mason Worsham threw for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Daniel Hayes also had 2 rushing TDs.
Next week Westwood (8-0, 5-0) will play at home for the region championship against Terrell Academy.
JEFF DAVIS 55, BACONTON CHARTER 8: Baconton quarterback Brock Pinson tallied the lone score on a sneak into the end zone for the Blazers, who remained winless on the season at 0-8. Garrison Dykes led the team in tackles with 6, one sack, and a forced fumble on the evening. Pinson also had 5 tackles
The Blazers finishing up on the road against Glascock County.
FULLINGTON ACADEMY 31, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 16: The Patriots' Matt Kendrick had 94 rushing yards, followed by Trey Goree with 41. Goree also completed 7 passes for 131 and a TD. Blake Lamb had 5 catches and 1 TD.
Randolph Southern fell to 1-6 and 0-5 in region.
MILLER COUNTY 33, RANDOLPH-CLAY 14: Miller County (3-5, 3-2) won their third region game after rallying at halftime to outscore R-C 20-8. Marvin Grant led the way in rushing with 141 yards and 2 TDs, along with a 70-yard kickoff return, followed by T.T. Barber with a 45-yard rushing touchdown. Freshman QB Algin Merritt threw for 126 yards.
No final stats were available from the Red Devils at press time.
SOUTHLAND 35, SHERWOOD 19: Jake Hood rushed for 151 yards on 17 carries and ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead Southland Academy to a 35-19 win against Sherwood Christian Academy on senior night at Southland.
Hood also intercepted a pass. Clay Oxford rushed for 74 yards on 16 carries and Lawton Williams gained 88 yards on 16 carrries for Southland.
Sherwood was led by Rashard Davis, who rushed for 43 yards and a TD on four carries and also caught a touchdown pass. Sherwood QB Brett Shepard completed 5-of-13 passes for 64 yards and a TD.
Southland is 5-4 and 4-3 in the Region 2-AAA. Sherwood is 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the region.
Albany Herald staff writers Chris Walton and Mike Phillips, sports editor Danny Aller and Americus Times-Recorder sports editor Chris Whitaker contributed to this report