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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Westwood QB suffers gruesome hand injury in loss to John Milledge

Collins’ right hand dislocated in two places, also broken

Westwood football coach Ross Worsham has seen some gruesome sports injuries during his coaching career. The one he witnessed in Friday night’s loss to John Milledge in the second round of the GISA Class AA playoffs may have topped them all.

Worsham said he’s still unsure how it happened, but starting quarterback Ralph Collins dislocated his hand in two places while breaking it at the same time.

“I don’t know if he got it caught between two helmets or got his hand in a facemask,” said Worsham, whose team suffered a 42-7 setback. “I’ve seen dislocations before but never where (the bone) penetrated the skin like that.”

Collins had just scored the Wildcats’ only touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 7. The senior was also the holder on extra-point attempts.

Worsham said Collins asked if another player could hold the ball on the PAT.

“He wanted to go back out there and play,” Worsham said. “I don’t know if he was in shock or what, but he didn’t act like he was hurting. There was no way he was going back in.”

Collins was taken to a hospital in Macon where doctors debated on whether to do surgery Friday night. The senior’s hand was splinted. Worsham said he would likely undergo surgery on Monday.

Junior Chase Worsham replaced Collins and suffered a concussion later.

“Losing those two guys hurt us,” Ross Worsham said. “We were in the game and I believe could have battled them to the end.”

PREPARING FOR SMITH: Lee County advanced in the postseason with a 28-6 win Friday night over Effingham County, setting up next week’s game against Mundy’s Mill. The Trojans will play host to their second postseason game this season.

Mundy’s Mill ran around and over Houston County in its win on Friday, using a strong rushing performance from Rodney Smith, who finished with more than 300 yards on the ground.

That sets up an interesting matchup next week between Smith and the Lee County defense, which has allowed just 27 points (6.75 ppg) in its current four-game winning streak.

“Defensively, our kids played another excellent game,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said.

STATE RECORDS: Wayne County football fans were still trying to figure out if wide receiver Krenwick Sanders’ five touchdown catches and 250 yards receiving in the first half of the Jackets’ 49-34 victory over Monroe were a state record. Sanders finished the game with six catches, all of them touchdowns, and 279 yards receiving.

There may be no way to determine it as the Georgia High School Association doesn’t keep state records.

GOOD LOOK AT MCMILLAN: Westover fans will probably agree with recruiting services that list Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan as a 5-star player. The senior scored the Panthers’ only points of the game, intercepting a pass and returning it for a pick-6 in a 27-7 loss.

Otherwise, it was a near flawless performance from the Patriots, who will play host to Stockbridge this Friday at Hugh Mills Stadium.

ANOTHER FAMILIAR FOE: Deerfield-Windsor’s 42-7 victory over Mount de Sales Friday night, their second victory over the Cavaliers this year, sets the Knights up with another familiar opponent in the GISA Class AAA semifinals – Stratford Academy.

Deerfield defeated the Eagles, 28-21, on Sept. 13.

CLASS A PLAYOFFS BEGIN: Unlike the Class AAAAAA through Class AA classes, the Class A public and private school playoffs begin their first round this week.

Herald No. 2 Seminole County, the top seed in the Class A public school bracket, will play host to Wilkinson County, while Herald No. 4 Mitchell County will travel to meet Hawkinsville.