Terrell County junior quarterback Jerkerious Scott was 9-for-18 for 154 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Greenwave to a 20-19 come-from-behind win Friday against Miller County.
COLQUITT --- There was no quit in Terrell County quarterback Jerkerious Scott on Friday night against Miller County.
Not when he and his team entered the game facing an 0-5 start to the season.
Not when he started the game shaky in the pocket, completing just one of his first four passes.
And certainly not when his team fell behind 13-0 late in the second quarter.
In a matchup between two Region 1-A programs looking for their first win of the season, it was Scott and the Greenwave who came out on top.
Scott was 9-for-18 for 154 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Greenwave to a 20-19 come-from-behind win in a long game that started at 8 p.m. and was delayed once by lightning.
"Live or die," Scott said when asked what he was thinking coming into the game. "We couldn't give up. We had to get this one. We couldn't give up. We had to fight to the end."
Terrell County improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in region play, while Miller County fell to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in 1-A.
"We aren't accustomed to starting 0-4, but we are going to just keep working and get better," Miller County coach Frank Killingsworth said.
Down 13-0 with two minutes left in the first half, Scott started the comeback. The Greenwave scored 20 unanswered points, and during that run Scott completed 8-of-10 passes for 135 yards and all three of his touchdowns.
"We had some kids step up and show some leadership," Terrell County coach William Huff said.
Among those who stepped up were the offensive line and receivers Dekoven Ware and Jevanta Daniels, who finished with 69 and 85 yards, respectively.
But it was Scott who rallied his team to prevent the Greenwave from falling to 0-5 for the first time since 2003.
"(Scott) is a rock for us," Huff said. "This is his third year, so we put a lot on his shoulders. He is playing well, we just need to get to be more consistent (as a team)."
That inconsistency was on display early when Terrell County came out flat on offense.
After a scoreless first quarter in which neither team got much going on offense, Miller County jumped ahead 13-0 with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns.
Miller County's first score was on a T.T. Barber 30-yard run on fourth-and-long, and Robert Eldridge made it 7-0 with the extra point. Barber, Miller County's quarterback and a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection, rushed for 154 yards and threw for 32 yards on 4-for-12 passing.
A Marvin Grant 3-yard rushing touchdown with two minutes left in the half gave the Pirates a 13-0 advantage. Grant finished the game with 113 yards on the ground.
Miller County had all of the momentum in the first half, but midway through the second quarter the game was delayed 30 minutes due to lightning.
When the teams stepped out of their locker rooms, it was Terrell County that walked onto the field and grabbed the momentum.
"The delay wasn't good for us," Killingsworth said. "It was a momentum changer. It just sucked the momentum right out and threw it up for grabs."
The Greenwave turned that momentum into a last-minute touchdown drive in the second quarter. Scott completed four straight passes to Ware, also a Dynamite Dozen selection, setting up a 13-yard touchdown pass to Daniels with 14 seconds left in the half.
Then on Terrell County's second play in the third quarter, the Scott-Daniels connection struck again. Scott hit his teammate on a short slant route in the middle of the field, and Daniels dodged a pair of Pirate defenders, then outran the rest of them to the end zone for a 68-yard score.
However, both of the Greenwave's two-point conversions failed on their first two scores, leaving Miller County with a 13-12 advantage.
Three minutes after the 68-yard scamper from Daniels, Scott hit Ware for a 9-yard touchdown pass and T.J. Means ran in the two-point conversion to give Terrell County a 20-13 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Barber and the Miller County offense marched down the field and punched the ball in the end zone on a seven-yard rush by Grant. However, the two-point conversion failed, leaving the Greenwave with a one-point advantage that held up due to a stingy Terrell County defense and three second-half turnovers by Miller County.
After the game, Killingsworth said his team made too many mistakes against an athletic Terrell County team to get its first win.
"We killed ourselves with turnovers, penalties, missed assignments and dropped balls," Killingsworth said. "It seemed like we just couldn't catch a break."