DAMASCUS — Deerfield’s 2012 season opener Friday was a success as the Knights demolished their Southwest Georgia rivals SGA, 34-13.
DWS (1-0) star running back Kh’Ron McClain finished with 116 yards and a TDs on eight carries — all before halftime — and Dallas Margeson threw two TD passes — one to JD Cook and the other to Ke’Marvin Pitts, who also rushed for a score, and Grey Lanier also rushed for a TD. Margeson’s finished 6-for-10 for 108 yards, and Harry Vildibill was 4-for-5 on PATs.
SGA (0-2) remained winless on the season after losing to Ashford (Ala.) Academy last week. The Warriors’ two scores came from Teel Massey and Will Warren.
SGA next faces Windsor Academy on the road, while Deerfield crosses state lines to take on state power North Florida Christian.
SOUTHLAND 23, TATTNALL 22, OT: Southland quarterback John Adkins tossed a 10-yard TD to Ford Roach and then hit Alan Gleeson on the two-point conversion to lead the Raiders past Tattnall, 23-22, in overtime in Friday night’s opener.
Southland coach Tim Goodin explained after the thrilling victory why he felt the need to go for two in a do-or-die situation.
“Well, they probably played a few more guys than us,” Goodin said. “It was a little muggy, and we played guys both ways. I thought we needed to win then.”
Adkins also lit up the Tattnall secondary in regulation, throwing a 22-yard TD to Adkins and a 56-yard TD to Christian Collins.
Southland (1-0) is in action again Friday at home against Brookwood.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 41, NATHANAEL GREENE 6: Led by touchdowns from Logan Eubanks, Trey Goree, Blake Lamb and Matt Hendricks, the Patriots rolled to a season-opening win.
Eubanks rushed for his three scores, while Goree had one rushing and two passing touchdowns — one going to Lamb and the other to Kendricks.
The Patriots next travel to face Terrell Academy.
BRANTLEY COUNTY 14, BACONTON CHARTER 0: The Blazers started out their season being shut out as “penalties and fumbles doomed us,” said first-year coach Johnny Hayes. “We played hard on both sides, but we’re not a good enough football team just yet to shoot ourselves in the foot and get away with it.”
Baconton (0-1) is in just its third year of varsity play. The Blazers will host Pelham next week.
LIFE CHRISTIAN 78, COLONIAL 8: Life Christian began its second season of football with a romp, thanks to six rushing TDs from Dontravious Sims and five running scores from Darien Holmes — two of which came on kickoff returns.
Trey Apaka led the defense with 19 tackles, including four sacks, and a safety.
EAST GADSDEN 33, BAINBRIDGE 14: The Bearcats were crushed in their season opener and only managed 14 points — a rushing score from Damian Bouie and another from Preston Norris.
Bainbridge (0-1) is off next week, then pays Sept. 7 at Cairo.