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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Defending state champ Deerfield derailed, 14-10, by Stratford on road; Bainbridge stuns state-ranked Cairo

MACON -- Deerfield coach Allen Lowe said he'll never forget the last time his team lost to Stratford.

And it's likely he won't forget this one anytime soon either.

The GISA Class AAA defending state champ Knights were stopped on a goal-line stand Friday night by their neighbors from Macon as DWS fell, 14-10, for its first loss of the season.

"I remember very clearly the last time we lost to them -- it was 2008, and then we went out and ran the table and won it all," Lowe said. "This was a wake up call for this team -- and we needed it."

Deerfield went to halftime tied, 7-7, after Dallas Margeson hit Rich Fallaw for a 30-yard TD pass and Trey Puckett nailed the extra point. Puckett then put DWS ahead, 10-7, when he booted a 42-yard FG in the third quarter. But Stratford scored with six minutes remaining to take the lead, setting up the dramatic final drive.

"We put together a drive and we got it all the way down (in their red zone), but on 4th-and-2, we came up about two feet short," Lowe said. "We just didn't get there.

"It's all about playing with a sense of urgency every night, and we're not doing that right now."

DWS will try to rebound next week when it hosts Bethesda Day.

BAINBRIDGE 17, CAIRO 14: It was one mistake too many for the Cairo Syrupmakers on Friday night.

And Bainbridge took full advantage.

Three turnovers, two fumbles, three bad snaps and 65 yards of penalties added up to a non-region loss for the Syrupmakers, 17-14.

The most costly fumble, though, came right before halftime. Cairo had a second-and-10 from the Bainbridge 28-yard line when the Syrupmakers couldn't handle a snap that found its way into the arms of a Bearcats defender. He raced to the Syrupmakers' 31-yard line before being dragged down by Zaye Donaldson.

Bainbridge capitalized with a 43-yard field goal by Daniel Provence.

"That was huge," Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher said. "I'm just proud of these kids. It gives us something to build on, especially offensively. Defensively, we bent a little bit but we didn't break."

A Bainbridge touchdown came on its next possession as Terry Lewis scored on a 13-yard run. It was his second touchdown of the game.

The win was extra sweet for Bainbridge, which saw its potential starting QB Steven Bench leave the Bearcats' program after spring practice to play for the Syrupmakers, which came into the game ranked No. 3 in the state in Class AAA.

MONROE 14, NORTHEAST MACON 6: In a game highlighted by its inability to take advantage of terrific field position in the first half, Monroe managed to pull out a win Friday night when QB Charles Stafford capped a closing drive with a one-yard sneak, giving the Tornadoes a 14-6 victory against Northeast Macon at Thompson Stadium.

With 1:40 left on the clock following a Northeast (1-1) punt, Stafford looped a pass in the direction of Kevin Williams. Williams out-leaped three Raider defenders for a 31-yard connection, setting up the Tornadoes (2-0) inside the Raider 20. Three plays later, Stafford scored with just 13 seconds left on the clock. Devine Noel tacked on the final points of the night with a two-point conversion.

The two squads combined to produce zero points their first 12 offensive drives, despite the fact that the Tornadoes ran their final 22 plays of the first half on their side of the field. Their deepest first-half penetration came on their third drive on the game following a 26-yard punt return by Jawaski Randle. Stafford hit on four consecutive throws bringing the Tornadoes to the 3-yard line but Noel lost a fumble near the goal line, one of two fumbles he lost on Friday.

The Tornadoes finally broke in the third quarter with the first scoring drive of the game thanks to a pair of successful fourth-down conversions. On a 4th-and-4 Stafford hit Emanuel Davis for a 26-yard pass play down to the Raiders' 20. Three plays later, he found Williams, who made a sprawling catch at the edge of the end zone, good for a 23-yard TD. The Tornadoes failed on their two-point try.

But it didn't matter. They were now 2-0.

The two passing games accounted for 329 of the 361 yards totaled in the game. Stafford completed 16 of 27 for 174 yards and the touchdown to Williams. Tinsley completed 18 of 28 attempts for 155 yards but was twice intercepted by the Tornadoes' Terevious Hudson.

SGA 47, TERRELL ACADEMY 38: The Warriors were able to get their second victory of the season after opening up a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, capitalizing early on turnovers by the Eagles. Terrell Academy answered with a touchdown by Todd Brewer, then two from running back Josh Wardrip, but it was too little too late for the Eagles, who fell to 0-2.

Warriors QB Dillon Driver threw six TD passes, although no other final stats were available from SGA.

WORTH COUNTY 24, TURNER COUNTY 0: Worth County walked away from Milt Miller Field Friday night with their first win of the season, shutting out 2-A Tuner County 24-0.

The Rams (1-1), however, had trouble getting started offensively, going into the half only up 3-0.

"The first half wasn't what you wanted to have happen," head coach Scotty Ward said. "But we made some adjustments at halftime and had good results."

Those adjustments came in the form of pounding the ball up the middle, utilizing senior running back Ellis Anderson, who rushed for 200 yards and one TD, averaging 7.4 yards per carry.

"That's who we really and truly are," Ward said. "We run the ball in between the tackles and power the football."

The Rams' defense, in spite of having to play a few underclassmen up front, held strong against a team that can air the ball out very well. The Rebels (0-2) had only 149 total yards in the game -- 38 through the air. Ward said Turner came out in the first half running the ball and actually taking snaps under center, something they didn't do all last year. The surprise saw some success, amassing 102 yards in the first half, but after the halftime adjustments, the Rams took control.

Worth will travel to Cook County next week to take on the always though Hornets.

"We're just going to come [into Cook] and pound the ball like we always do," said Anderson. "We just have to play hard and we have to believe ... we have to play to the level that Worth County is capable of playing to."

BACON COUNTY 37, BACONTON 0: The young Blazers remained winless on the season.

"We're young right now, no seniors (on the squad), and we only have about 25 players," said head coach Glenn Palmer. "We're starting a whole lot of sophomores and freshmen."

Bacari McDuffie led the way with 10 carries on the evening, as well as 6 carries by Brock Denson. Denson also posted a game-high 16 tackles (4 solo, 12 assisted), and Garrison Dikes posted 11 tackles

Next week the Blazers will go on the road to face unbeaten Randolph Clay.

MT. DE SALES 42, SOUTHLAND 7: Southland ran into one of the top teams in GISA on Friday and fell hard. Walton Williams scored the only touchdown for the Raiders (1-1) on a 9-yard run.

"We turned the ball over four times, and they turned all of them into points,'' Southland coach Tim Goodin said. "You can't do that against a good team.''

BROOKWOOD 58, SHERWOOD 19: The Eagles fell to 0-2 after losing star running back Mack Green in the first quarter and quarterback Brett Shepard in the second quarter to injuries as the Trojans ran away in the second half.

WESTWOOD WAXES TIFTAREA LATE THURSDAY: Westwood rested freshman running back Chason Worsham on Thursday night against Tiftarea, but Worsham, who suffered a mild concussion on opening night last week, will be ready to go next week against Sherwood Christian.

Turns out, the Wildcats didn't need him.

They ripped Tiftarea, 68-14, with backups playing most of the second half on a night when the Wildcats rolled up 600 yards of offense.

Mason Worsham, Chason's older brother, completed 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and threw three touchdowns, then left early in the third quarter. Caleb Morrell also had a big night, catching a 27-yard TD pass game, returning an interception 65 yards for another touchdown, and running for a 7-yard TD.

Daniel Hays caught a 19-yard TD pass and ran for a 5-yard TD, and J.T. Edore rushed for a pair of TDs, scoring on a 14-yard run and a 2-yard run.

Brody Collins caught a 32-yard TD pass, and Dillon Smith caught an 85-yard TD pass from Ralph Collins.

"We played a lot better,'' said Westwood coach Ross Worsham, whose kids are 2-0 and on a 15-game winning streak dating back to last year's 13-0 GISA Class A state title season. "We were a little sharper and we didn't have as many penalties (as we had in the opener). Tiftarea is real young. They're going to be good. They're just young right now.''