Bainbridge stuns state No. 2 Cairo on last-second FG
BAINBRIDGE — Daniel Provence kicked a 30-yard field goal with four seconds left late Friday to lift Bainbridge past Cairo, 17-14, in one of the biggest rivalries in Southwest Georgia.
Bainbridge, the No. 2 team in The Herald's Fab 5 Poll, started the fourth quarter trailing, 14-7, but came back with a 6-yard TD run from Damian Bouie and a Provence PAT to knot the score at 14-14. Then the Bearcats drove 43 yards in five plays to reach the Cairo 13-yard line.
That's where Provence, who beat Cairo, 17-14, with a field goal last year, entered and put the game away with another clutch kick.
Neither team moved the ball much all night. Herald Dynamite Dozen tailback Terry Lewis gained just 25 yards on nine carries, and Bouie gained 28 yards on 13 carries. Lewis scored on a 1-yard run with 8:47 left in the first quarter to give Bainbridge a 7-0 lead.
Cairo's leading rusher was Brian Sole, who rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries. Bainbridge junior quarterback Preston Norris led the Bearcats the same numbers: 44 yards on 10 carries.
Bainbridge (1-1) had to come back from an opening night loss to East Gadsden, the fifth ranked team in Florida's Class AAAAA state poll, and had to play Cairo, which is ranked No. 2 in the Class AAAA state poll.
Now Bainbridge travels to Early County (2-0) next week to play The Herald's fourth-ranked team.
ROCHELLE — Herald No. 1 Monroe bounced back from a tough loss on opening night and took control early Friday, beating Wilcox County, 28-14, as Charles Stafford completed 16-of-22 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two TDs.
Stafford, a Herald Dynamite Dozen player, ran for an 18-yard TD to give Monroe a 6-0 lead, and after Kevin Williams scored on a 63-yard punt return to lift Monroe to a 12-7 lead, Stafford hit Williams with a two-point conversion pass for a 14-7 halftime edge.
Stafford ran for a 5-yard TD in the third quarter and then connected with Williams for an 18-yard TD to lift Monroe to a 28-7 advantage. Williams caught eight passes for 98 yards.
“This was a big win for us, ‘’ Monroe coach Charles Truitt said. “After we lost (21-18 to Brooks County last week) we had to come here and play the No. 2 (Class A) team in the state, so we knew it would be a good game for us.
“Charles had a big game, and our defense held Wilcox to less than 100 yards. It was a good win.’’
TERRELL ACADEMY 48, WINDSOR 0: The Eagles improved to 3-0 with another impressive win Friday.
Blake Grimsley rushed for three scores (14 yards, 56 and 32) and caught one more from Christian Harris, the backup QB who came in and spelled starter Gabel Freeman when the game began to get out of hand. Harris also tossed a TD from 10 yards out to Jason Davis and Freeman tossed a 20-yard score to Josh Wardrip. Raleigh Carlson capped the score with an 89-yard gallop.
Alex Marsh was 6-for-7 on PATs in the win, which sets up a game next week at Fullington Academy.
CRISP ACADEMY 54, JOHN HANCOCK 0: The Wildcats simply ran wild Friday, piling up 287 yards on just 11 carries in a game that was 34-0 at halftime and featured a running clock the entire second half.
Crisp (2-0) got scores from Jake Smith (4 carries, 13 yards, TD and two-point conversion), Jeff McKinney (3 carries, 168 yards, 3 TDs of 98, 61 and 9 yards), Corey Stewart (2 carries, 6 yards, TD); Justin McKinney (65-yard TD) and Matt Wright.
Smith also was 3-for-3 passing for 100 yards and a 29-yard TD pass to Jordan Howard, while Hunter Chambers returned a punt 65 yards for a score to cap the onslaught. James Russell was 4-for-6 on PATs.
Crisp next faces Covenant on Friday.
COOK 37, CRISP COUNTY 0: A second straight shutout loss for the Cougars (0-2) to start the season Friday could not dampen the spirits of coach Lee Campbell, who said there’s a method behind the madness of scheduling tough teams to begin the year.
“You play better teams to get better. I feel like we did some things well, and got better from last week,” said Campbell of Crisp’s 6-0 loss to Turner County. “We don’t match up very well with Cook. They have a tremendous amount of speed and they’re a great ball club. I don’t feel the score indicates our improvement.”
The Cougars better hope to see some in practice this coming week. Next up?
“Oh man, Valdosta,” Campbell said with a laugh. “It doesn’t get any easier.”
SEMINOLE 34, TURNER COUNTY 32: Jakhari Martin found the back of the end zone from three yards out with just under four minutes to play, and the Indians’ defense came up with a huge stop on Turner’s final drive to get their first win of the season.
Martin also rushed for another score from a yard out earlier in the game, but the story of the night was the emergence of Thomas Aiken, a freshman who finished with 223 yards on 23 carries and two scores. Martin finished with 138 yards on 18 carries, and Javonte Smith also had a score from a yard out.
Shavon Wiggins sealed the Indians’ win with an interception late in the fourth.
Seminole (1-1) travels to face Clinch County next week.
SOUTHLAND 38, SGA 6: The halftime score — 38-6 — ended up as the final as the Raiders put a hurtin’ on another non-conference opponent Friday to improve to 3-0.
Dustin Shattles scored on runs of 54 and 28 yards, John Adkins ran for a touchdown from 14 yards outs and passes for another to Andrew Alexander and Hunter Weldon capped the scoring with a four-yard TD. Cleve Bass was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs and made a 27-yards FG.
“We’ve played real good offense and defense so far, and we forced four turnovers (Friday, so that was good),” Southland coach Tim Goodin said.
Allen Gleeson picked off an SGA (1-3) pass, and the Raiders’ defense recovered three fumbles as Ford Roach, Spencer Anderson and Collins Christian all recovered one each.
Southland next face Sherwood in Albany on Friday.
WESTWOOD 35, DAWSON STREET 7: The Wildcats rebounded from losing their first game in two years last Friday by pounding Dawson Street to improve to 2-1.
Mitch Good and J.T. Edore each scored twice on the ground — Good from 76 and 14 yards out and Edore from 14 and 5 — and Chason Worsham capped the scoring with a 24-yard scamper.
Westwood faces off against Windsor next week.
EARLY COUNTY 21, MILLER COUNTY 6: Herald Dynamite Dozen quarterback Jacori Taylor completed 19-of-30 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns and also led early in rushing, gaining 77 yards on 13 carries.
Ladonis Bryant caught two passes, including a 27-yard TD, and also rushed for 24 yards on nine carries. Early (2-0) the No. 4 team in The Herald’s Fab 5 poll, plays Herald No. 2 Bainbridge next week at Early.
“It was a good game,’’ Early coach Trey Woolf said. “It was just a good-old-fashioned Early County-Miller County game.”
Early led the entire game, and the Bobcats defense shut out Miller, which only scored on a 76-yard fumble recovery.
WESTSIDE, MACON 41, DOUGHERTY 0: The Trojans were shut out by the Seminoles on Friday after running out to a 34-0 lead and never looking back.
Dougherty falls to 0-2 to start the season and next will host Cook on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hugh Mills Stadium.