Terrell County falls to 0-4

COLUMBUS -- Spencer had 13 days to dwell on its Sept. 2 62-7 loss at Lamar County heading into Thursday night's game against Terrell County at Memorial Stadium.

For the first three-plus quarters, it looked like Spencer was dwelling on its past and trailed Terrell, 14-8, going into the final 12 minutes.

However, two touchdowns in a span of 2:19 and a pair of defensive stands propelled Spencer to a 20-14 victory in a non-region clash.

"We had opportunities to win the game, but we're not mentally tough and mature enough," Terrell County coach William Huff said. "We weren't here mentally. Spencer was hungrier than we were."

Senior running back Toney Williams was Spencer's offensive mainstay all night, finishing with 138 yards and the game-winning touchdown -- a 6-yard run with 7:23 to go in the game -- on 31 carries.

"I'm happy to get a win tonight, but we need to get some wins in the region so we can go to the state playoffs," Williams said. "This is a good start, though."

Terrell County (0-4) took a 14-8 lead on a 23-yard touchdown run by Basheer Rogers late in the third quarter, but Spencer used a long kickoff return by Williams to start its next drive on Terrell's 45-yard line. Seven plays later, quarterback Tarvarska Davis scored on a 4-yard run to tie the game at 14 with 9:42 remaining.

On Terrell County's next possession, Spencer (1-2) forced a three-and-out and when Terrell County went to punt, a bad snap gave Spencer the ball on Terrell's 14. Two plays later, Williams scored from 6 yards out and the Greenwave took a 20-14 lead.

"I ran the ball well tonight," said Williams. "My line was getting a good push for me pretty much all night."

Terrell County seemingly had tied the game on its next possession, but a touchdown run by quarterback Jerkerious Scott was nullified by a holding call. Four plays later, Scott was sacked and Terrell County turned the ball over on downs.

"We improved tonight offensively and defensively," said Davis. "We were more consistent on offense and our defense bent, but came up with some big plays in the fourth quarter."

Each team scored on its first possession of the game, with Spencer taking the opening kickoff and marching 66 yards in 12 plays to open the scoring. Davis finished things off with a 3-yard touchdown run before hitting Donald Crayton with the 2-point conversion pass to give Spencer an 8-0 lead with 6:59 left in the first quarter.

Terrell County responded with a nine-play, 65-yard drive of its own to tie the score at 8. Rogers did the honors with a 7-yard touchdown run and Rogers ran in the subsequent 2-point conversion with 2:00 to go in the opening period.

Scott had 126 yards on 22 carries and Rogers finished with 70 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries for Terrell County in the loss.

Spencer -- which broke a four-game losing streak and had just one win in its last 15 games going back to October 2009 prior to Thursday night's victory -- goes to Calhoun County next week for another non-region game. Terrell County, which has dropped six straight dating back to October 2010, is at Miller County in a Region 1-A contest.