CAIRO — Herald No. 5 Westover entered Friday night with high expectations. Cairo, however, left with the win.
In a battle for early supremacy in Region 1-AAAA, the Syrupmakers overpowered the Patriots in a 31-7 rout. It was the 18th straight region win for Cairo, which enters its bye week at 3-2 and tied with Americus-Sumter atop the region standings at 2-0.
Westover dropped to 1-1 in region play, which followed last week’s 17-14 win against then-Herald No. 1 Monroe.
Westover quarterback T.J. Cromer had four picks in the game.
Westover scored an early touchdown in the third quarter on a 20-yard strike from Cromer to T.J. Wester. But the Patriots couldn’t muster any more points, due to countless mistakes. Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Dalviness Greene led Westover with 114 yards on the ground.
Westover (2-3, 1-1) is also off next week before traveling to Crisp County on Oct. 12.
HERITAGE 48, SOUTHLAND 21: The Raiders, who hadn’t started 5-0 since 1992, looked to go to 6-0 on Friday night but failed after a thrashing by Heritage.
Southland rushed for 262 yards as a team — including 135 yards on 14 carries and a TD by Andrew Alexander and 131 yards on 12 carries by Dustin Shattles and one score — but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders now get a bye week to lick their wounds before opening Region 3-AAA play in two weeks at Westfield.
Shattles also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score.
RANDOLPH-CLAY 42, BARBOUR COUNTY (ALA.) 6: The Red Devils improved to 3-1 after crossing state lines Friday and beating a previously perfect team that was scoring an average of 40 points a game.
Randolph-Clay was led by a stellar rushing attack from Cornelius Bennet (18 carries, 117 yards, TD), Don Bolden (15 carries, 196 yards, two TDs), Gary McCrae (three carries, 56 yards, TD) and Morris Belcher (6-yard TD run).
Freddie Peterson led the defense with an interception as the Red Devils get set to return to Region 1-A play next week at home against Mitchell County.
TERRELL ACADEMY 21, CRISP ACADEMY 14: Despite missing three of their most important offensive players due to injury — Blake Grimsley, Josh Wardrip and Josh Brunswick — the Eagles managed to pull out a win and move to 4-1 overall.
Riley Carlson scored first for TAE on a 21-yard run, but the PAT was no good. That was followed by Gray Rowe’s 11-yard TD run and a two-point pass play from Gabel Freeman to Carlson. The Eagles’ scoring was capped in the third quarter when Rowe dove across the goal line from two yards out to put Terrell ahead for good.
Crisp (3-1) got scores from Jake Smith to Will Krause from 37 yards out and Justin McKinney found the back of the end zone on a run from 11 yards away.
TAE next faces SGA on Friday in its Region 3-AA opener, while Crisp travels to take on Tiftarea.
LIFE CHRISTIAN 72, HARVESTER’S CHRISTIAN 46: Life Christian improved to 3-4 on the season thanks to monster nights from Gregory Wright, who had 12 carries, 237 yards and four TDs — all in the first half — and Keon Perkins (11 carries, 137 yards, two TDs).
But stealing the show once again was Dontravious Sims, who rushed for 228 yards and five scores.
LEE COUNTY 51, DODGE COUNTY 8: The Herald No. 2 Trojans remained perfect and got off to their second 5-0 start in three years under coach Dean Fabrizio thanks to a rout of a state-ranked team Friday.
Kenneth Hurley led the way with 198 yards and four TDs as Lee went up 21-8 at the half and never looked back. Stephen Collier also rushed for two scores from the QB spot and Tavarus Hall added a rushing score from 11 yards out. On defense, Quan Jamison, Willie Butler and Dextric Green led in tackles and sacks.
“Just real proud of the kids,” Fabrizio said. “This is our second 5-0 start, and we beat a state-ranked team. Great effort.”
Lee County next faces Hardaway on the road Friday in its Region 1-AAAAA opener.
BROOKS COUNTY 42, EARLY COUNTY 8: The Herald No. 3 Bobcats fell hard Friday after fumbling the ball away three times and QB Jacori Taylor getting picked off twice.
Ladonis Bryant scored Early’s only TD from four yards out and the Bobcats (3-2, 0-1 in Region 1-AA) got a safety as time expired when Brooks ran out of the back of the end zone to cap the scoring.
Bryan finished with 12 rushes for 83 yards and Laron Randall caught two balls for 34 yards.
Early tries to regroup next week on the road at Berrien County.
WESTWOOD 57, TIFTAREA 0: The Wildcats (4-1) crushed Friday night with a shutout win as Mitch Good led the way with three rushing TDs, Jamie Davis caught a touchdown from Good and Chason Worsham returned a pick for a score.
Dylan Smith and J.T. Edore both added rushing scores, as did Collier Baggett.
Westwood, the two-time defending GISA Class A state champ which moved up this offseason to AA, opens Region 3-A play next week at home against Brookwood.
BACONTON 40, STEWART COUNTY 13: The Blazers (2-3) won for just the second time this season and third time in two years thanks to two TDs from Brock Pinson, a score from Zack Jones and another by Quentin Smith. Bakarie McDuffie also ran in for a TD, as did Matthew Dean.
Jones finished with a team-high 10 tackles and a half a sack with Justin Howling. Nathan Beck added seven tackles, while McDuffie and Jacob Pollock both picked off passes.
Baconton hosts North Cobb Christian next Saturday on homecoming. The game will start at 5 p.m.
TERRELL COUNTY 24, CALHOUN COUNTY 0: Jerkerious Scott and Jatori Jones combined for 277 rushing yards and three TDs Friday night to help the Greenwave improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Region 1-A. Scott finished with 110 yards and a pair of TDs (67, 1), while Jones rushed for a team-high 167 yards on 12 rushes and had a 59-yard TD in the fourth quarter that slammed the door shut on Calhoun.
The Greenwave play again Friday at Seminole County.