GREENVILLE — Albany High’s 2012 season got off to a tough start Friday when the Indians lost to Greenville on the road, 20-18, after a two-point conversion with less than a minute to play — which would’ve tied the game — came up short.
“It was a heartbreaker, man,” AHS coach Felton Williams said. “I feel like we would’ve won if we had tied it (and forced overtime). I’m disappointed for the kids. We fought.”
Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Emmanul Byrd threw for two TDs and rushed for another. Byrd opened the game with a one-yard goal-line dive, then helped Albany tie the game with a 15-yard TD pass to Vashon Gaines.
The final score came when Byrd found Rantiez Williams from 25 yards out to pull to within two points, but Greenville snuffed out Albany’s two-point attempt in the backfield, ending the game.
Byrd’s fellow Dynamite Dozen selection Juwon Young led the Indians with 15 tackles.
Albany (0-1) next faces Lee County next week in Leesburg.
SGA 31, WINDSOR 0: Will Warren ran for 60 yards and three scores, and Clay Bell added the other Warriors TD.
Colby Steele led with six tackles for SGA (1-2), which hosts Southland next week.
SHERWOOD 39, TIFTAREA 25: The Eagles got their first win — and points — of the season Friday thanks to four TDs from Dalton Todd.
Todd rushed for three with a long of 65 and another for 50, and he also passed for a 4-yard score. Grant Osteen rushed in from 12 yards out for his first score, T.J. Clay added a score on an 80-yard kickoff return and Nick Wendland led the defense with two interceptions.
Sherwood (1-1), which was blanked in its season opener a week ago by Trinity, next faces Randolph Southern at home.
TERRELL ACADEMY 43, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 22: The visiting Eagles scored 40 unanswered points in the second quarter to put away the Patriots early.
Randolph Southern took a 6-3 lead at the end of the first quarter with a 60-yard TD reception from Matt Kendrick, but Terrell Academy scored six straight TDs in the second quarter, starting with a 1-yard TD run from Christian Harris.
Josh Wardrip then had back-to-back rushing touchdowns of 26- and 15-yards, Gable Freeman caught a 40-yard TD pass, Christian Harris had another 1-yard TD run, and Josh Brunswick returned an interception 81 yards for a TD.
Scoring for Randolph Southern were Logan Eubanks (5-yard run) and Kendrick (25-yard run).
The Eagles improved to 2-0 and play again Friday at home against Windsor, while Randolph Southern fell to 1-1.
AMERICUS-SUMTER 25, KENDRICK 6: Americus-Sumter defensive lineman Leroy Henderson blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in the third quarter to ignite an Americus squad that went into halftime down, 6-0.
But the Panthers rallied back in a big way and outscored Kendrick, 25-0, in the second half to run away with their season opener.
Americus QB Bryce Benton was 6-for-13 passing with 104 yards, one TD and one interception. Sophomore running back Wesley Fields led the Panthers offense with 140 yards rushing and one TD on 18 carries, while Michael Russell caught three passes for 51 yards and a TD.
Deondre Holmes led Americus on the defensive side, returning an interception for a TD.
The Panthers play again Friday at home against Dooly County.
NFC 23, DEERFIELD 14: Deerfield quarterback Dallas Margeson threw an interception that was returned for TD with a minute left in Friday’s game against Sunshine State power North Florida Christian, ending any hopes of the Knights pulling off an upset on the road as DWS fell, 23-14.
Deerfield’s Noah Horton scored the game’s first TD on a 3-yard run, and a 25-yard TD pass from Margeson to Davis Hines in the second quarter gave the Knights a 14-6 lead.
Deerfield, however, didn’t score in the second half and fell to 1-1 overall. The Knights play again at home Friday against Mount de Sales.
CRISP ACADEMY 40, NATHANAEL GREENE 0: Crisp Academy rushed 40 times for 416 yards to smash Nathanael Green in Friday night’s season opener.
Jeff McKinney returned a TD for an interception and scored on a 79-yard run, Justin McKinney had a 9-yard TD, Corey Stewart scored on a 47-yard TD run, John Wright punched in a 1-yard TD and Hunter Chambers scored on a 7-yard run.
Crisp plays again Friday at home against John Hancock.
CLINCH 36, MITCHELL COUNTY 20: Mitchell County started the season off on a frustrating note.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” said first-year coach Larry Cornelious. “Turning the ball over four times makes it tough for anyone to win.”
The Eagles were able to score on a Greg Florence fumble return, while K.J Pollard added a rushing touchdown and Jaquan Williams added a two-point conversion in a losing effort.
The Eagles (0-1) are on the road again next week, when they’ll take on cross-country rival Pelham.
SOUTHLAND 48, BROOKWOOD 6: Thanks to a tremendous rushing effort and suffocating defense, the Southland Raiders moved to 2-0 on Friday night.
Andrew Alexander churned out 84 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, while Dustin Shattles led the team with 110 yards and added another score.
The Raiders’ defense, led by Ford Roach, recovered three fumbles, while Roach tallied 11 tackles.
Southland next travels to Damascus next Friday to face SGA.
MILLER COUNTY 32, SCHLEY COUNTY 26, OT: Sophomore Rod Williams muscled in a 4-yard rushing TD in overtime and the Miller County defense shut down Schley County to win Friday night’s opener on the road in thrilling fashion.
“Ellaville was rocking (Friday),” Miller County coach Frank Killingsworth said. “I don’t know if it rocks all the time, but (Friday) — it was rocking.”
Miller County scored four times in regulation — a 20-yard reception from Algin Merritt to Jacolby Jones, a 70-yard run from Marvin Grant, a 3-yard TD run from Williams and a rushing TD from Jones.
Miller County is 1-0 and will be at home Friday in a rivalry matchup against Early County.
TURNER COUNTY 6, CRISP COUNTY 0: Turner County scored on the opening possession of the game, and Crisp was never able to get any offensive momentum going in its season opener.
Crisp had trouble moving the ball on offense, gaining 96 yards on the ground and throwing for just 44 yards. Turner, on the other hand, rushed for 193 yards.
It gets even tougher for next week for Crisp, which plays Cook.
MARION COUNTY 23, TERRELL COUNTY 12: The Greenwave fell to Marion County, despite DeMarkese Carter and JuTori Jones led the Greenwave in rushing, while Jerkerious Scott added two touchdowns on the ground. Despite recovering a Marion County fumble, Terrell couldn’t overcome the Eagles.
Terrell (0-1) next plays host to Chattahoochee County next week.
HANCOCK CENTRAL 35, RANDOLPH-CLAY 8: The Red Devils were crushed in their season opener Friday night, only managing a 5-yard score from Garry McCrae and a two-point conversion.
Randolph-Clay (0-1) will play host to Spencer-Columbus in Cuthbert next Friday.
PELHAM 40, BACONTON CHARTER 0: The Hornets cruised to an opening night victory Friday night thanks to their rushing attack, which was led by Devin Parker, Lorenzo Jackson and Brandon Smith.
Pelham (1-1) held the Blazers (0-2) to just two first downs all night.
Next week the Hornets (1-0) will play host to rival Mitchell County.