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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Herald No. 2 Bainbridge stunned by Harris County; Deerfield blanks Bulloch

HAMILTON — One week after a crushing loss to state-ranked TCC in overtime, The Herald No. 2 Bainbridge Bearcats fell, 21-17, to Harris County on Friday night in a game that’s sure to shake up Region 1-AAAA.

Michael Stubbs (62-yard run) and Damien Bouie (rushing TD) scored for Bainbridge, which fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in region play. Harris County only had one win coming into the game.

Bainbridge next faces Hardaway at home Friday.

DEERFIELD 31, BULLOCH: By identical 31-0 scores, Deerfield and Westfield emerged Friday with statement wins.

Westfield’s statement? Bring on Deerfield.

Deerfield’s statement? We’re ready.

The Knights blanked Bulloch behind two scores from Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Kh’Ron McClain, while Westfield did the same to Southland, setting a showdown next week that will all but decide the GISA Region 3-AAA champ — and could possibly be a state title game preview a month from now.

“It’s going to be a great game next Friday,” DWS coach Allen Lowe said of the impending showdown with Westfield, which will travel to Albany for the game. “It’s going to be our homecoming and two undefeated teams in region play. It’s going to be a barnburner.”

DWS controlled the game from the start Friday and went to halftime up, 17-0, on a 10-yard TD run from McClain, a 28-yard field goal from Harry Vildibill and a 30-yard TD run from Matthew Fox. DWS then scored on its opening two possessions of the second half — another TD run from McClain and a Dallas Margeson quarterback sneak — and the rout was complete.

The win was also Deerfield’s (6-1) fifth in a row since losing the second game of the season to state power North Florida Christian. Bulloch, meanwhile, had won four in a row coming into the game.

SEMINOLE COUNTY 48, STEWART COUNTY 14: The Indians (4-2, 2-0 in Region 1-A) remained unbeaten in region play thanks to three touchdowns from Javontae Smith (7, 28 and 20 yards) and one rushing score each from Alex Fudge (26 yards), Shavon Wiggins (3), Jakhari Martin (37) and Brendan Kimbele (9).

Seminole travels to face Calhoun County next Friday.

CRISP ACADEMY 18, FULLINGTON 6: The Wildcats opened Region 3-A play with a win thanks to rushing scores from Hunter Chambers (6 yards) and Justin McKinney (18 yards) and a 44-yard TD throw from Jake Smith to Will Krause.

Crisp (4-2, 1-0) next travels to face Frederica Academy on Friday.

ST. FRANCIS 22, BACONTON 21: The Blazers (3-5) lost a heartbreaker when St. Francis scored with 30 seconds to play on fourth down from 13 yards out, spoiling big nights from Quentin Smith (9 carries, 64 yards, 2 TDs) and Brock Pinson (rushing TD). Matthew Dean, a freshman, took over for Smith in the second half when the star RB left injured and Dean finished with 96 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Zack Jones led the defense with 15 tackles and a sack, followed by Nathan Beck (8 tackles) and Pinson (seven tackles).

Baconton next hosts Randolph-Clay on Friday.

VALWOOD 43, TERRELL ACADEMY 7: The Eagles’ great start to the season has hit a road block after losing two straight after Friday night’s whipping in their second GISA Region 3-AA game.

Gable Freeman accounted for the only offense when he found Riley Carlson from 24 yards out for a TD and Alex Marsh kicked the PAT.

But that was it as TAE (4-2, 0-2) next travels to face Brookwood on Friday.

SGA 17, BROOKWOOD 7: The Warriors (4-2, 2-0 in GISA Region 3-AA) have opened region play perfect thanks to scores from Teel Massey (24-yard rush), Alex Chambless (23-yard FG) and reigning Albany Herald Player of the Week Will Warren, who found the back of the end zone from a yard out.

SGA next travels to face Sherwood in another key region game Friday.

MILLER COUNTY 44, RANDOLPH-CLAY 20: Marvin Grant rushed for 176 yards and two scores, Brandon Benton added a 70-yard punt return for a score and the Pirates (6-1, 3-0 in 1-A) stayed perfect in region play.

Miller next hosts Terrell County on Friday at 8 p.m., while Randolph-Clay (3-3, 0-2) faces Baconton Charter.