ALBANY — Deerfield escaped with a win Friday when it traveled to Macon and barely came away with a 20-19 victory against traditional state power and defending GISA Class AAA state champ Tattnall Square.
With the score knotted at 13-13 at the half, Tattnall — which was amped all evening after the team honored legendary coach Barney Hester before the game — returned the second half kickoff for a TD just after intermission to go ahead 19-13 after a missed extra point.
Deerfield then turned the ball over on two of its next three possessions and was staring at less than eight minutes left on the clock when the Knights got the ball back with a chance for one, or maybe two, more drives for the win.
The go-ahead score came on the first one when Dallas Margeson found Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Kh’Ron McClain from 35 yards out and Harry Vildibill kicked the all-important extra point to make it 20-19.
McClain, who also scored in the first half on a 3-yard run, then sealed the win when he intercepted a pass on the Trojans’ final drive.
“This was the kind of game I expected. This is Tattnall,” DWS coach Allen Lowe said of the Trojans’ early struggles this year as they dropped to 0-5 with the loss. “We knew it was going to be a war (no matter what their record was), and I’m glad we came out of it with a win somehow.”
DWS improved to 4-1 and next hosts cross-town city rival Sherwood on Friday.
EARLY COUNTY 20, CALHOUN COUNTY 6: The Herald No. 4 Bobcats turned a 6-6 game at the end of the third quarter into a 14-point win to improve to 3-1 on the season, thanks to three Ladonis Bryant touchdown runs of 22, 20 and 2 yards, as well as a two-point conversion.
Sherwood Williams scored Calhoun’s only TD on a pick-6 in the first half.
The Cougars fell to 1-3 and next host Terrell County in their Region 1-A opener Friday, while Early travels to face state-ranked Brooks County in its Region 1-AA opener next Friday.
RANDOLPH-CLAY 35, STEWART COUNTY 0: The Red Devils got 116 yards rushing from Don Bolden, 71 yards from Gary McCrae and TDs from Bubba Paramore (68-yard run), Morris Belcher (1-yard) and Freddie Peterson (67-yard punt return) to improve to 3-1.
Randolph-Clay next faces Barbour County in Alabama on Friday.
TERRELL COUNTY 54, SCHLEY COUNTY 24: Demarkes Carter carried the ball 11 times for 175 yards and three TDs on Friday to lift the Greenwave (2-2) to their second straight win.
Jatori Jones added six carries for 150 yards, two scores and a 47-yard punt return.
Terrell County star QB Jerkerious Scott added 139 yards rushing, two scores and a TD pass to Rokeen Spencer from 20 yards out. Scott also had five tackles.
Terrell County travels to face Pelham next week.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 28, GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN 21: Trey Goree scored the go-ahead TD and Blake Lamb ran in the two-point conversion as the Patriots improved to 3-2 overall. They’re off next week then face Fredrica before opening region play.
WESTFIELD 38, SGA 0: The Warriors (2-3) committed six turnovers and now get ready to open region play Friday against one-loss rival Terrell Academy.
SEMINOLE COUNTY 20, PELHAM 13: Daquan Hamlet and Javonte Smith ran for touchdowns, and Jahkari Martin’s touchdown pass to Jonathan Hudson accounted for the Indians’ scoring as they improved to 2-3 overall. Clarence Almond scored for Pelham on a 21-yard run and threw a 28-yard TD pass to Desmond Parker.
The Hornets fell to 1-3.
MILLER COUNTY 20, MARION COUNTY 7: Miller County’s defense held Marion County, which had been ranked in the Top 10 of the Class A state poll, to a total of 112 yards of total offense and won its final non-region tuneup game, 20-7 Friday night.
Miller County’s defense has given up seven points in its last two games.
Rod Williams (8-yard run) and Jacolby Jones (25-yard run) rushed for touchdowns and Marvin Grant caught a 40-yard TD pass from Algin Merritt, whoc completed 6-of-14 passes for 128 yards.
Grant finished the night with 52 receiving yards and 39 yards on the ground to lead the Pirates (3-1), who used six different running backs. Miller County opens Region 1-A play next week on the road against Mitchell County.