Chris Brown, a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection, rushed for 133 yards and four TDs on Friday night in a 33-13 win against Early County.
DONALSONVILLE -- It's taken Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Chris Brown nearly three weeks to get warmed up.
But once he did, he lit the field on fire.
Brown, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 26 TDs as a sophomore before his junior season was cut short by injury, had only carried the ball 11 times for 161 total yards in three games coming into Friday night's showdown with neighboring rival Early County. But Friday, the Indians found Brown early and never stopped looking for him en route to a 133-yard, four-touchdown performance on 26 carries, including a long of 33 yard, as Seminole routed Early, 33-13.
Seminole QB Antwan Buggs found the end zone the other time for Seminole from 17 yards out as he finished with 17 rushes for 75 yards, and he also passed for 119 yards on 3-of-4 attempts. Howard Stephens was on the receiving end of two of those passes for 94 yards, and Javaris Buggs had the other catch for 25 yards. Seminole, which is ranked No. 3 in The Herald's Fab 5 Poll, rebounded from a Week 1 loss to state-ranked Wesleyan with a huge win last Friday against Region 1-A foe Terrell County, 50-15, and has now beaten a bigger Class AA opponent handily.
There were a few bright spots for the Bobcats, who were coming off their first win of the season last Friday against Miller County, 12-8. Ladonis Bryant scored on a three-yard TD run in the third quarter and also scored the Bobcats' first TD of the game in the first half on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Jacori Taylor, who finished with 119 yards passing. Devontay Spencer and Clarence Taylor also recovered fumbles for Early, which fell to 1-2, while Seminole moved to 2-1.
DOUGHERY 40, CLAKSTON 0: The Trojans, winless in their first two games, got on the board Friday night with a big road win.
"It feels good, but I'm already thinking about the next one," coach Jesse Hicks said of next week's showdown with Wilkinson County. "But at least we got this one."
QB Willie Jones had a passing TD to Demario Barney for 40 yards out, and Hicks said the Trojans held Clarkston to under 100 yards of total offense on the night, causing several fumbles.
BROOKWOOD 54, TERRELL ACADEMY 43: For the second week in a row, the Eagles found themselves on the wrong side of a barnburner, this time against Brookwood. The Eagles were led by Todd Beaver's five-TD night -- four rushing, one passing -- but it wasn't enough as TAE squandered a 27-22 halftime lead and never recovered. Terrell remained winless on the season at 0-3 after losing a shootout last week to SGA, 48-37.
Beaver, however, had a great night at QB for Terrell after being thrust into the role to replace injured starter Chris Rodgers, who is out two weeks. Beaver has running scores of 2, 60, 23 and 1 yards, and also threw a TD pass to Josh Brunswick from 27 yards out. He was 3-for-3 passing for 51 yards and rushed for 261 yards on the ground, and also ran in a pair of two-point conversions. Blake Grimsley added one two-point conversion and also ran in the other TAE score from two yards out.
SGA 48, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0: The Warriors continue to put points on the board like nobody's business as they improved to 3-1 on Friday night and now take the next two weeks off before facing unbeaten Valwood in a huge Region 3-AA showdown. SGA had a bye week planned already and then were set to face Harvester's Christian, but Harvester's folded its season last week because it didn't have the numbers to field a full team.
Reigning Herald Player of the Week Dillon Driver only played a half in this one, but still managed 72 yards passing, going 4-for-11, and 117 yards rushing and one TD on just four carries.
After that, the list of contributors for SGA is long, and includes Van Harrell (rushing TD from three yards out), Will Warren (seven carries, 63 yards and one TD), Corey Smith (one carry, 29 yards), Perry Bridgers (four carries, 61 yards and a TD), Brandon Brookins (three carries for 26 yards, one TD) and SGA coach David Bell's son, Clay Bell (41 carries, one TD). Smith also had one catch for 24 yards, Nathan Lingo had the same and Colby Still had two catches for 34 yards.
"We hope this (kind of offensive output) continues," the coach said after the win. "We've got two weeks to work on it some more before Valwood."
RANDOLPH-CLAY 54, BACONTON CHARTER 7: The Red Devils improved to 2-0 heading into a Thursday showdown with rival Albany thanks to a huge night from sophomore running back Don Bolden, who carried the ball 23 times for a staggering 255 yards and three touchdowns.
Also, Cornelius Bennett had seven carries for 52 yards and two TDs, and then he caught a TD pass from Caleb McFather from 78 yards out.Marcus Smith added a touchdown for R-C, as did Dominique Burks, who carried one time for 39 yards and a score. Montavious Few nailed all but one extra point for the Red Devils.
Baconton, meanwhile, fell to 0-4 but got one score from Hiram Jackson, who rushed for 157 yards on 26 carries. Quinton Smith added 58 yards on six carries.
NORTHVIEW (Ala.) 7, MILLER COUNTY 0: The Pirates have now scored a grand total of eight points in three games as they fall to 0-3 to start the season.
"Just a lot of mistakes here and there. We didn't allow an offensive score -- they recovered a fumble in the end zone for the only points -- and we just couldn't ever get much going," Miller coach Frank Killingsworth said. "We actually outgained them passing and running, but we killed ourselves (in the red zone) with offsides penalties and dropped passes. I give Northview credit -- they're a 6A school in Alabama that's gotten a whole lot better (since we started playing them)."