HERALD GAME OF THE WEEK: Indians shake off loss, trounce Terrell

Barren Rambo rushed for 108 yards on eight carries, scoring two TDs Friday night to help lead Seminole past Terrell County, 50-15.

Barren Rambo rushed for 108 yards on eight carries, scoring two TDs Friday night to help lead Seminole past Terrell County, 50-15.

DAWSON -- A couple of bad things happened to the Terrell County football team on Friday night.

First of all, the lights went out at the Terrell County Stadium during the first half of the Greenwave's game against Seminole County. Secondly, when the lights came back on, Seminole County was still there.

Don't look for the Indians to go away. They looked as good as any Class A team in the state in beating Terrell County, 50-15, in the Region 1-A opener.

The Greenwave (0-2) had their moments, but they may not face a better Class A team this year.

"I hope they don't,'' joked Seminole coach Alan Ingram, who played backups almost the entire second half against his close friend, Terrell County coach William Huff.

"They stack up (against anyone),'' Huff said of Seminole. "But my concern is us. We need to get better. We need to mature.''

Huff said earlier in the week that Seminole deserved to be ranked in the state's Top 10, and he saw first-hand proof of it on Friday.

"It doesn't matter about the ranking,'' said Ingram, whose team tied sixth-ranked Wilcox in a scrimmage and played short-handed and lost to fifth-ranked Wesleyen last week, 43-40, on a last-minute play. "The only ranking I care about is at the end of the year.''

Ingram's kids were so upset about last week's bitter loss, they ran all weekend.

"I was in Macon,'' Ingram said. "They ran on their own on Saturday, and they ran on their own on Sunday.''

Then they ran by Terrell County on Friday.

"We talked about it after the (Wesleyen) game, and the seniors got everyone to run on Saturday,'' said Seminole QB Antwan Buggs, who completed 2 of 4 passes for 71 yards and a TD in the first half. "It feels great to win. Now we're going to get going and go down the road a long way.''

Dee Virgin was suspended and didn't play against Wesleyan. He said he felt like he let his team down and was hurt by the suspension. Then he didn't waste any time in his comeback.

Virgin scored the first time he touched the ball -- with a scorching 75-yard kickoff return. Then he caught a 29-yard TD pass, and finished his scoring with a 51-yard TD run on a lateral from Buggs to lift Seminole to a 43-15 halftime lead.

"It felt great, great, great to win this game,'' Virgin said. "I was anxious to get back on the field. I was too anxious.''

Virgin agreed with Ingram that the ranking (or lack of it) doesn't mean anything.

"I don't care about the ranking,'' he said. "If coach doesn't care, I don't care.''

They do care about winning, and -- just like last week against Wesleyan -- dominated the game on the run. Barren Rambo gained 100 yards in the first half and scored twice -- on a 3-yard run and a 72-yard blast -- and finished the night after one carry in the third quarter with 108 yards on just eight carries.

Chris Brown was even more efficient. The Herald Dynamite Dozen running back had only two carries all night (both in the first half) and finished with 63 yards, including a 51-yard TD run.

"I don't care about the carries as long as we win,'' Brown said. "All that matters is that we win. It feels great to win, but knowing we could have beaten those other two teams is just going to make us work that much harder all year.''

Terrell County had its moments, and closed to 28-15 when Dynamite Dozen player Dekoven Ware sacked Buggs in the end zone for a safety with 2:46 left in the half. Ware did a little of everything. He had three sacks on defense. He had four receptions for 60 yards, and he also gained 42 yards on four carries on offense, and kicked an extra point.

Terrell County QB Jerkerious Scott scored on a 1-yard TD run and threw a 21-yard pass to Joe Ward for a TD.

But most of the night belonged to Seminole's lights-out offense.