FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Mitchell wins third straight behind balanced offense

CAMILLA --- For the second year in a row, Mitchell County is finding its groove in the second half of the season.

The Eagles’ latest winning streak continued Friday with a 56-8 win against Region 1-A foe Terrell County. Mitchell County (4-3, 3-0) has now won three straight and sits atop the region standings with Herald No. 2 Seminole County. Terrell County (3-4, 1-2) has now lost two straight and sits in a tie for fourth in the region standings.

Mitchell scored from all over the field on Friday and was led by quarterback Bruce Bryant, who tossed two TDs and ran in for another. Senior Lauphel Johnson also rushed for a pair of scores.

SEMINOLE COUNTY 38, STEWART COUNTY 0: The Herald No. 2 Indians had no trouble with Stewart County and even started clearing their bench in the second quarter after jumping out to a 26-0 lead in the first quarter.

Quarterback Alex Fudge rushed for two TDs (42, 3) and threw a 20-yard pass to Danny Rambo, who also rushed for a 28-yard score. Robert Speight and Javon Wiggins also added rushing TDs for the Indians, who galloped for 220 yards.

MILLER COUNTY 18, RANDOLPH-CLAY 0: With Dynamite Dozen running back Cornelius Bennett held out of Friday’s game and Randolph-Clay teammate and fellow Dynamite Dozen rusher Don Bolden fighting through an injured shoulder, the visiting Red Devils couldn’t find any offense in the Region 1-A matchup.

And the host Pirates took full advantage.

Miller won its second straight game behind QB Algin Merrit, who threw two TDs to Richard Sheffield (27, 42) in the first quarter and then ran for a TD in the third quarter as time expired.

Miller running back Rod Williams didn’t get in the end zone but rushed for a game-high 102 yards on 21 carries.

COOK 19, PELHAM 0: After starting the season 3-0, Pelham has now lost three straight. The Hornets were torched Friday night by two big plays from Cook which resulted in TDs in the first and third quarters.

“We moved the ball at times,” Pelham coach Frankie Carroll said. “We just couldn’t handle them up front. They are pretty stout up there. We are battling injuries and are basically a Class A school in a Class AA region. We don’t have the numbers like most schools do.”

Pelham, which is 3-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 1-AA, returns to region action next week at Brooks County.

“We have four games left,” Carroll said. “We are playing with everybody, so the ball could bounce our way a little bit and there is no telling what could happen.”

HARRIS COUNTY 31, BAINBRIDGE 30: In a brutal ending for the Bearcats, Harris County scored a Td with 43 seconds left on a fourth down and then converted a two-point conversion to stun Bainbridge by a point.

The Bearcats had a chance to ice the game with 2:35 left when Daniel Provence lined up a 35-yard field goal, but the kick sailed just right, giving possession back to Harris County.

“It’s tough to lose like that,” Bainbridge coach Jeff Littleton said. “But we know as a team we are getting better. We are executing better on offense and playing hard on both sides of the ball. That’s all that matters. Our kids haven’t given up at any point in this season. We have had a lot of ups and downs. Mostly downs, but we are a young football team and we have to learn how to win close games like that.”

Bainbridge (2-4, 0-2 Region 1-AAAAA)plays again next Friday at home against region foe Hardaway.

WESTFIELD 48, SOUTHLAND 21: Westfield took a big lead and never relented in downing Southland Academy on Friday night. The Raiders used a 4-yard run from Colt Stephens, while quarterback John Adkins fired two touchdown passes to Allen Gleason and Dustin Shattles in the loss. Gleason hauled in a 53-yarder, while Shattles caught a 68-yard for a score.

Shattles finished with 138 yards receiving on seven catches, while Gleason had three catches for 98 yards.

Southland was outgained 421-321 in total offense.

Southwest Georgia Scoreboard

Cairo 42,

Worth County 28

Cook 19,

Pelham 0

Westover 17,

Crisp County 3

Westwood 46,

Sherwood 14

Seminole County 38,

Stewart County 0

Mitchell County 56,

Terrell County 8

Crisp Academy 46,

Fullington Academy 14

Brookwood 35,

Southwest Georgia Academy 34

Deerfield-Windsor 38,

Bulloch Academy 3

Valwood 39,

Terrell Academy 14

Miller County 18,

Randolph-Clay 0

Lowndes 3,

Valdosta 0

Harris County 31,

Bainbridge 30

Westfield 48,

Southland 21