AMERICUS — The Deerfield-Windsor football team closed out the regular season with its ninth straight win Friday, and is came against the Knights’ biggest rival.
DWS smashed Southland, 41-13, after going ahead 41-0 in the third quarter and now the Knights will host the first round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs next week against their old nemesis Tattnall Square.
“Lucky us, huh?” DWS coach Allen Lowe said with a laugh of the fact the two rivals will face off once again this season after DWS won the first meeting, 20-19, on a last-minute drive.
DWS running back and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Kh’Ron McClain rushed for 150 yards and two scores, Dallas Margeson threw for two scores — one to McClain and one to KE’Marvin Pitts — and Nick Michas led the defense in tackles and had a sack, while Pitts added a pick and Matthew Fox had a sack.
GATEWOOD 21, SGA 20: The Warriors (5-6) saw their season end Friday in heartbreaking fashion in the first round of the GISA Class AA state playoffs.
SGA led, 20-7, late in the third quarter before a fumble led to one Gatewood score and a long touchdown pass with under two minutes left in the game all but sealed SGA’s fate.
The Warriors did drive down and get to the Gatewood 15-yard line with 30 seconds left and were poised to attempt a game-winning field goal from 32 yards out when the refs whistled SGA for holding, backing them up 10 yards. That was out of the reach of kicker Alex Chambless, so SGA attempted to throw it into the end zone, but the pass was batted down, ending SGA’s season.
SGA loses seven seniors, but the good news is one of them is NOT star running back Will Warren — a two-time Herald Player of the Week this season who ran for more than 1,000 yards. Warren, a junior, scored twice Friday.
TERRELL COUNTY 36, RANDOLPH-CLAY 0: The Greenwave ended their season Friday with a bang thanks to big nights from Jerkerious Scott (10 carries, 188 yards, two TDs) and DeMarkes Carter (11 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs) and both players also led Terrell on defense with eight and seven tackles, respectively.
The win finishes Terrell’s 2012 record at 5-5 and 2-3 in region, while Randolph-Clay closed its season with a shutout loss to finish 5-5 overall and 3-4 in region.
CRISP ACADEMY 42, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0: The Wildcats head to the GISA Class A state playoffs with momentum following Friday’s rout of the Patriots.
“We just couldn’t do nothing right (Friday),” Randolph coach Ottis Griggs said. “We fumbled six times and were picked off once. Tough to win a game like that.”
Crisp, which ran wild to the tune of 436 yards as a team on the ground, was led by Hunter Chambers’ 202 yards on 12 carries and two TDs, followed by Jeff McKinney (12 carries, 136 yards, 2 TDs), Matt Wright (54 yards rushing, TD) and Justin McKinney (13 yards, TD).
Wright also added eight tackles, Chambers had six tackles and James Russell added five. Chambers also picked off two passes.
The win makes Crisp the No. 3 seed out of Region 3-A and the Wildcats will have to travel to face Dawson Street in LaGrange next week, while Randolph gets the fourth seed and also will have to travel and play No. 1 seed Thomas Jefferson in Louisville.
CRISP COUNTY 14, AMERICUS-SUMTER 7: The Cougars closed out the season with two straight wins, but after a rough start they won’t be going to the postseason because they lost the head-to-head Region 1-AAAA tiebreaker with Worth County.
“We’re 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the danged region, but that loss to Worth’s going to keep us out,” Crisp County head coach Lee Campbell said. “That’s too bad.”
Crisp jumped ahead early, 6-0, behind Keven Mygrant’s 1-yard dive into the end zone and then scored again on Elijah Johnson’s fumble return. Trey Johnson then ended the game on the final play by sacking Americus QB Bryce Benton for a safety.
Americus-Sumter, meanwhile, continued its late-season free fall since the Panthers lost their head coach Michael Pollock, who was fired midseason after an incident at practice.
Offensive coordinator Chris Wade took over in Week 3 for a then-suspended Pollock while the situation was sorted out, winning all three games as the coach-in-waiting.
But once Pollock was officially fired and Wade was named the interim, the Panthers imploded, losing their final five games and getting outscored, 102-61, the rest of the way. One of those losses was to previously winless Dougherty.
Americus, which will miss the playoffs, finished 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the region.
CAIRO 56, DOUGHERTY 22: The Trojans saw their one-win season come to end Friday at the hands of the Region 1-AAAA champ one week after picking up that lone victory against Americus-Sumter.
Dougherty ends the season 1-9 in first-year coach Corey Joyner's inaugural season.