BLAKELY — Early County coach Trey Woolf isn’t known for settling for field goals.
But Friday night, he needed one to pull out a win against Thomasville as Brandon Carter played hero for The Herald No. 5 Bobcats in a 17-14 win to improve Early to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 1-AA.
After Thomasville tied the game in the fourth quarter, 14-14, Early proceeded to go on a nine-play, 62-yard drive that ended at the Bulldogs’ 8-yard line. Carter was then called out for his first attempt of the season — and he nailed it from 25 yards out with 51.1 seconds to play. Early’s statistician said he believed it was the first FG even attempted by the Bobcats in “three or four years.”
Thomasville’s last-ditch effort was thwarted when Laberfay Taylor picked off a pass with 20 seconds left.
Ladonis Bryant opened the scoring with a 65-yard TD run and Carter hit the PAT, then in the second half Jacori Taylor found the back of the end zone from three yards out with 5:19 left to play in the fourth.
Early travels to face state power Fitzgerald next weekend.
SEMINOLE COUNTY 38, CALHOUN COUNTY 0: Behind a huge night from Jakhari Martin both rushing and passing, the Indians (5-2, 3-0) remained perfect in Region 1-A.
Martin busted off TD runs of 10, 4, 5 and 22 yards to finish with 92 yards rushing, and he also threw a TD pass from 20 yards out to Jalen Pearson. Dequan Hamlet, who had a huge night on defense with a team-high seven tackles, capped the scoring with a 2-yard score.
Also in the shutout, Brendan Kimble added six tackles and Aaron Baskerville tied Hamlet’s team-high with seven.
Seminole will travel to face Randolph-Clay next week.
PINEWOOD 15, SOUTHLAND 14: The Raiders suffered a gut-wrenching loss Friday night as Pinewood scored with 30 seconds to play, then went for two — rather than the PAT, which would’ve tied the game and likely sent it into overtime — and converted.
Andrew Alexander scored both of Southland’s TDs on runs from 3 and 9 yards out. Southland fell to 5-3 overall and remained winless in region play.
Southland hosts Tiftarea next week.
CAIRO 42, Albany 7: Ishmael Marshall scored the Indians’ only TD on a 46-yard fumble recovery, but other than that it was all Cairo on Friday in a key Region 1-AAAA showdown.
Despite going to halftime down, 7-0, Albany’s defense couldn’t stop the Syrupmakers’ rushing attack led by Jeremiah Hill (13 carries, 117 yards, 2 TDs) and P.J. Davis (244 yards rushing on 19 carries, 3 TDs) as Cairo improved to 5-2 overall and is remained a perfect 4-0 in the region.
Albany (2-5, 1-4) hosts Worth County next week, while Cairo travels to face Americus-Sumter.
FREDERICA 28, CRISP ACADEMY 12: The Wildcats turned the ball over four times and suffered several injuries to key players in a surprising result as Crisp (4-3, 1-1) lost its first region game.
Hunter Chambers (83-yard TD run) and Justin McKinney (41-yard T) accounted for the only scores in the game for Crisp.
Crisp is home next Friday against First Presbyterian Christian.
BAINBRIDGE 24, HARDAWAY 19: The Herald No. 4 Bearcats picked up their first Region 1-AAAAA win of the season Friday when the defense — led by B.J Cheatem’s two picks, including one to seal the game — held off a final Hardaway drive to survive.
Bainbridge led, 24-13, in the fourth quarter when Hardaway scored but missed the two-point conversion. But the Hawks got the ball back with under three minutes to play and drove down to the Bainbridge 10. With 15 seconds left, Cheatem recorded his second pick of the night to seal it. The Bearcats improved to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in region play.
Damien Bouie started the scoring off on the second play of the night with 77-yard score, and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Terry Lewis found the end zone twice on rushing TDs, while Daniel Provence capped the scoring with a 37-yard FG.
Bainbridge will travel to face Northside, Columbus next week.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 40, FULLINGTON 12: Led by a staunch defensive effort from the Patriots (4-4, 1-2), Randolph Southern earned its first region win.
Matt Kendrick, meanwhile, ran absolutely wild Friday, finishing with 20 carries for 252 yards and three TDs, while Trey Goree threw two TD passes — one to Brett Sauls and the other to Blake Lamb. Khashaad Johnson capped the scoring with a running score.
Randolph hosts FPD next week.
SGA 38, SHERWOOD 7: The Warriors remained unbeaten in region play thanks to a huge night from running back Will Warren, who scored five touchdowns — four rushing, one receiving.
Warren finished with 210 yards on the ground, and he also caught two balls for 61 yards from quarterback Clay Bell. Bell, who finished with 131 yards passing, tossed another score to Alex Chambless to cap the scoring.
Davis Ponder led on defense with seven tackles and two sacks.
SGA (5-3 overall, 3-0 in the region) next faces Westwood, while Sherwood fell to 3-6 and 0-3 in region play. The Eagles will host Terrell Academy next week.