PREP FOOTBALL: Player of the Week/Friday's preview capsules


Grey Lanier, Deerfield-Windsor

After over 2,700 votes poured in for The Herald's Week 7 Player of the Week poll, Deerfield-Windsor's Grey Lanier collected just 50 more votes than Crisp Academy's Jeff McKinney to win the weekly poll with 46 percent of the vote. McKinney (44 percent), Worth County's Eric Burrows (8 percent) and Monroe's Charles Stafford (2 percent) rounded out the results.

Lanier shined last Friday against Bulloch Academy when he caught two passes for 151 yards and ran them both for TDs, and he also had two carries for 10 yards and seven tackles on defense.

The senior told The Herald after the game that both TD passes came on similar plays from different formations.

"We actually worked on them this week, 81 Lisa & 60 Lisa, both named after my mom," he said. "Coach said he had something planned for me all week."

Deerfield goes on the road today to play Westfield in a huge region showdown.

Today’s games

Cairo Syrupmakers (3-3, 2-1) at Albany Indians (2-4, 1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Hugh Mills Stadium, Albany

Overview: Albany notched its second win of the season last week, beating cross-town rival Dougherty. The Syrupmakers must win to keep their Region 1-AAAA title hopes alive. After this week, it doesn’t get any easier for Albany High, which still has to play Worth County, Crisp County and Westover.

Miller County Pirates (3-4, 2-1) at Terrell County Greenwave (3-4, 1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Terrell County High School, Dawson

Overview: Miller County has won two Region 1-A games in a row, while Terrell has lost two consecutive region games. Since Terrell defeated Schley County on Sept. 20, the Greenwave have combined to score just 24 points in their last three games. In its last two wins, Miller has outscored Calhoun County and Randolph-Clay by a combined 39-15.

Calhoun County Cougars (1-5, 0-2) at Seminole County (6-0, 2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Seminole County High School, Donalsonville

Overview: The Herald No. 2 Indians have had little trouble this season. Calhoun County was off last week. The Cougars have struggled offensively this year. In its past three games, Calhoun has scored just 15 points. Seminole has turned on the heat in Region 1-A play, outscoring Terrell County and Stewart County by a combined 86-8.

Baconton Charter Blazers (2-5) at Randolph-Clay Red Devils (2-4)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Randolph-Clay High School, Cuthbert

Overview: Baconton Charter had its two-game winning streak snapped last week. They travel to play a Randolph-Clay program that needs a win. This is a non-region game. This is the final road game of the season for Baconton. Randolph-Clay, meanwhile, has Seminole County, Calhoun County and Terrell County left.

Early County Bobcats (3-3, 1-1) at Thomasville Bulldogs (4-3, 2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Thomasville High School, Thomasville

Overview: A big game for Early County, which scored a 19-7 victory over Berrien last week. The Bobcats are still in the thick of the Region 1-AA postseason hunt. Early has won two of its last three games.

Pelham Hornets (3-3, 0-2) at Brooks County Trojans (5-2, 2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Brooks County High School, Quitman

Overview: The Trojans were stung last week against Fitzgerald, dropping their first Region 1-AA game of the season. Pelham has lost three straight and hasn’t scored any points in Region 1-AA play this season.

Deerfield Windsor Knights (4-2, 1-0) at Westfield Hornets (5-1, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Westfield School, Perry

Overview: The Hornets have won five straight since dropping their season opener to Tattnall Square. Deerfield-Windsor has its hands full. However, the Knights have also been playing well. Deerfield has won two straight by large margins and won four of its last five.

Sherwood Christian Eagles (2-5, 0-2) at Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors (4-3, 0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Southwest Georgia Academy, Damascus

Overview: Sherwood finished its gauntlet of teams that either won state titles last year or played for one. The Eagles travel to SGA to face a team that lost a heartbreaker to Brookwood last week. Sherwood, which is on the road for its last three games, could us a victory.

Valwood Valiants (6-0, 2-0) at Westwood Wildcats (5-1-1, 2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Centennial Stadium, Camilla

Overview: A rematch of the 2012 Class AA state championship game that Valwood won. Both teams have scored plenty of points this season. The Wildcats have won five straight since opening their season with a loss and a tie.

Brookwood Warriors (3-4, 1-1) at Terrell Academy Eagles (3-4, 0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Terrell Academy, Dawson

Overview: Brookwood has lived on the edge in its last two games. Two weeks ago, the Warriors lost in overtime to Westwood. Then last week, Brooked squeaked out a 35-34 victory over Southwest Georgia Academy. Terrell needs a win to avoid falling farther behind in the region race.

Southland Raiders (4-3, 0-1) at Pinewood Christian Patriots (4-1-1, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Pinewood Christian Academy, Belville

Overview: Southland seeks to end a three-game Pinewood Christian winning streak and avoid falling farther in the region standings. The Raiders had their three-game winning streak snapped last week when they lost to Westfield.

Frederica Academy Knights (3-3, 1-0) at Crisp Academy Wildcats (5-2, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Crisp Academy, Cordele

Overview: Crisp Academy returned to its winning ways last week, whipping Fullington Academy 46-14. The Wildcats entertain a Frederica team that broke a two-game losing streak last week when they defeated First Presbyertain Christian. A win would give Crisp a commanding lead in the region standings.

Worth County Rams (2-4, 1-2) at Crisp County Cougars (3-3, 1-2)

When: 8 p.m.

Site: Crisp County High School, Cordele

Overview: Both teams remain in the thick of the Region 1-AAAA postseason chase. However, neither can afford another loss. The Cougars have played well in all three of their losses this season. Worth County is still trying to get things rolling. The Rams did play Cairo tough last week before falling 42-28.

Hardaway Hawks (2-4, 0-1) at Bainbridge Bearcats (2-4, 0-2)

When: 8 p.m.

Site: Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge

Overview: While Hardaway enjoyed an open date last week, Bainbridge was stung with a one-point loss to Harris County. If the Bearcats hope to make the playoffs, they have to beat Hardaway. A loss doesn’t end their postseason hopes but it will severely hinder their chances.

Saturday’s game

Stewart County Knights (0-6, 0-2) at Mitchell County Eagles (4-3, 3-0)

When: 6:30 p.m.

Site: Centennial Stadium, Camilla

Overview: Mitchell County lost its first two games but has rebounded to win three straight and four of five. They face a Stewart County program that has struggled to get anything going offensively. If the Eagles continue their surge, they could have a chance at a playoff berth.