Terrell County football coach William Huff's kids have won three in a row after losing their first two games.
DAWSON — Who’s hotter than Terrell County right now?
After losing two close games to start the season, the Greenwave not only have won three in a row, including a huge 24-0 victory in the Region 1-A opener against Calhoun County this past Friday, but Terrell has scored 126 points in those three wins.
Quarterback Jerkerious Scott and running back Jatori Jones both had big games in Terrell’s latest win, combining for 277 rushing yards.
The Greenwave can fly and score points like crazy, and coach William Huff knows why.
It’s the Green Line.
“Our offensive line is improving,’’ Huff said. “We’re getting our blocks better. We had some injuries up front and we’ve played some sophomores where we had seniors, and they have stepped up and played well. Our offense (has been producing) because our offensive line is improving, and we feel like our skilled kids are dangerous in space.’’
Huff said the entire line has played well, and he has been impressed with the way Keundre Vanover, a sophomore, has stepped in as a starter.
“He had to be a starter after our scrimmage, and he has been a bright spot at center,’’ said Huff, whose Greenwave (3-2, 2-0 in Region 1-A) travel to Seminole County on Friday for another big game. “He has taken some ownership of that position, and we’re proud of him for that. Antwon Coley and Micha Williams are our seniors on the line, and they have both showed leadership. They’ve been the rocks for us.’’
NOT OVER FOR WESTOVER: Westover’s 31-7 loss to Cairo this past Friday night might have slowed down the Patriots’ run to a region title, but after the loss coach Octavia Jones told his kids they can still win it all.
The Patriots knocked off Monroe, 17-14, in the opener and then lost to Cairo on the road to fall to 1-1 in the Region 1-AAAA race. Cairo and Americus-Sumter are both 2-0, but Jones believes his kids can still win the title — with some help, of course.
“We need Americus-Sumter and Monroe to beat Cairo and (then) win (all the rest of) our games,’’ Jones said. “That’s what I told them after the game. I told them that we have a lot of football left and we can still be region champs. The most important thing is for us to control our destiny by winning the rest of our games. If Americus and Monroe beat Cairo and we take care of our end of the deal, we can still win the region. There’s no reason for us to hang our heads.’’
The 31-7 score was not indicative of how close the game was in Cairo. The Syrupmakers led, 17-0, at halftime, but Westover scored on the opening drive of the second half to close to 17-7, and Jones felt his team had momentum.
But quarterback T.J. Cromer, who threw four interceptions in the game, was picked off twice in the second half, as both were returned for touchdowns.
“We shut them down in the second half,’’ Jones said. “And it was 17-7 when they returned an interception for a touchdown. They ran both (interceptions) back for touchdowns in the second half, and that just killed the momentum we had. But that game was a lot closer than the score. We just have to go out and take care of business.’’
Westover will have to wait.
The entire Region 1-AAAA field of teams is off this week as every team has a bye and returns to play in two weeks when Westover plays at Crisp County on Oct. 12. The Cougars (1-1 and 1-4 overall) are coming off their first win of the season, a 28-8 victory against Dougherty.
THEY PLAY DEFENSE, TOO, AT LEE COUNTY: Sure, Lee County’s offense is ranked in the top three in the state, and the Trojans put up points like no one else in Southwest Georgia. But Lee County, which is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll, has been playing lights-out defense as well.
In Friday’s 51-8 win against previously state-ranked Dodge County, Lee’s defense held Dodge to just 63 yards rushing and only 15 yards in the air. It was the second week in a row that Lee’s defense held an opponent to fewer than 100 total yards.
Sophomore safety Chris Melton had 14 tackles and a sack against Dodge, while fellow safety Quan Jamison had another monster game on defense with three tackles for losses. Jamison has 13 tackles for losses this season.
Defensive linemen Willie Butler and Kaleb Strickland, both seniors, had two sacks each in the win, and linebacker Dexter Green, a sophomore, had another big game,
“Everybody talks about our offense,’’ said Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio, whose team has scored 236 points (47.2 average) in five games. “But our defensive guys have really played well this year.’’
Lee County running back Kenneth Hurley had another 200-yard game on Friday.
Lee County reported that Hurley had gained 198 yards against Dodge, but upon further review Fabrizio updated his game stats Saturday. Hurley rushed for 209 yards on 21 carries, scoring four TDs. He also caught four passes for 44 yards and blocked a punt. Hurley has rushed for 782 yards in five games, and is averaging 12.6 yards per carry.
PIRATES LOVE-HATE CAMILLA: Miller County never plays well at Centennial Stadium for some reason. Or maybe it’s just Mitchell County that gives Miller problems.
The Pirates (4-1, 1-0 Region 1-A) hadn’t beaten the Eagles since 1969 (with a 35-year hiatus in the series between 1975 and 2010) and had lost eight straight, according to Georgia High School Football Historians Association website.
Miller County’s three first-half turnovers last Friday nearly extended the streak before the Pirates scored 15 unanswered points in the second-half to pull out a 21-20 win in both team’s Region 1-A opener.
“For some reason, every time we come to Camilla we struggle,” Miller County head coach Frank Killingsworth said. “I don’t know how (Mitchell) hasn’t won but one football game. They’re going to make some noise in the region.”
The Pirates fumbled five times on the night, losing two, and threw an interception in the end zone after driving inside the Mitchell red zone just before half to kill a 14-play drive, but it was the Eagles’ lone turnover of the night that was their backbreaker.
Mitchell County (1-4, 0-1 Region 1-A) fumbled with 7:10 left to play, and Miller’s Marcus Hawkins recovered to set up another 14-play Pirates drive, which was capped with Algin Merritt’s 6-yard passing score to Jacolby Jones on fourth-and-one with 45 seconds to play.
Mitchell led the entire way — until Jones’ score and Justin Williams’ go-ahead PAT — thanks to Jaquan Williams, who put on a show with 157 combined yards rushing and receiving and also threw a 27-yard pass on a fake punt.
“That No. 21 (Williams), I don’t know his name, but I’d love for him to come to Colquitt,” Killingsworth said. “He can come right now.”
EAGLES TRY TO CLEAN UP MISTAKES: Mitchell County, which has lost to Class A powers Clinch County and Miller County, Class AA No. 2 Brooks County and Class AAAA Albany, didn’t help itself with 15 penalties for 125 yards, but the Eagles did dominate the field-position battle. Of their 12 possessions, they started seven times in Miller County territory. Outside of an interception by Williams in the end zone that he returned to the Mitchell 23, the Eagles’ worst starting field position all night was their own 43.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, head coach Larry Cornelius still believes his Eagles can contend in Region 1-A with the league’s perceived parody.
“In this league, there is no one that’s going undefeated, so we’re still in the hunt,” Cornelius said. “We’ll rebound. These kids are resilient.”