DONALSONVILLE -- The Herald No. 2 Seminole County Indians beat Calhoun County, 31-6, and improved to 7-0 and are off to their best start since the team went 10-0 in 1973.
They jumped ahead early against Calhoun (1-6, 0-3 Region 1-A) and took a 24-0 lead into halftime during their homecoming night, but the Indians came out “not very inspired” in the second half and won by 25 points --- their smallest margin of victory in a month.
“It was homecoming, and I guess their minds got involved in the festivities or something,” Seminole coach Alan Ingram said about his team’s play in the second half. “We didn’t play great in the second half. But like I told my kids after the game, it’s alright as long as we are smart and learn from it.”
Seminole racked up 255 rushing yards in the win and got a game-high 101 yards and a TD from Robert Speight. Also scoring for the Indians were Alex Fudge on rushes of 1 and 9 yards and Danny Rambo on a 5-yard run. Indians place kicker Matt Williams drilled a 23-yard field goal and was 4-for-4 on PATs.
Calhoun’s only score was a 1-yard run from DaJohn Williams.
Seminole, which improved to 3-0 in the region and stayed tied atop the standings with Mitchell County, plays again Friday at home against Randolph-Clay, while Calhoun is in action Friday at home against Mitchell County.
BAINBRIDGE 29, HARDAWAY 12: The Bearcats are alive and well in the Region 1-AAAAA playoff hunt with Friday’s win against Hardaway, which improved Bainbridge to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the region.
Hardaway jumped ahead 12-9 at halftime, but Bainbridge came out inspired in the second half and scored 20 unanswered points to pick up their first region win of the season.
“We had a sense of urgency (Friday),” Bainbridge coach Jeff Littleton said. “We had to win this game to be thought about for the playoffs. We came out a little flat, but our kids kept fighting and kept fighting and never gave up. Finally we started clicking and played good football like we know we can.”
The game was knotted up at 12-12 heading into the fourth quarter, but Bainbridge took the lead on a Tavarous Bowens 32-yard TD catch from Preston Norris and then extended its advantage with a 28-yard field goal from Daniel Provence and a 99-yard fumble recovery for a TD from Tremaine McCray.
It was a big night for both McCray and Provence.
McCray not only had the long fumble return in the final minute, but he scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and blocked a Hardaway field goal. Provence nailed two of his PATs to raise his career PAT total to 100 and also hit three field goals. Provence now has 18 career field goals, setting a new program record.
Bainbridge has another big night Friday at home against Region 1-AAAAA foe Northside Columbus in a game that the Bearcats need to win to keep their hopes alive of hosting the first round of the playoffs.
SOUTHLAND 57, PINEWOOD 26: Southland gained 511 total yards and had its best game of the season on offense to hand a one-loss Pinewood team a 31-point whipping.
Dustin Shattles again led the Raiders with three rushing TDs and 136 yards on 10 carries, while Bryce Driver (73 yards, 1 TD) and Ryan Weaver (68 yards, 2 TD) had good nights running the ball. Collins Christian and Cason Fort each had TD receptions for the Raiders, who are 5-3 overall and 1-1 in region play.
RANDOLPH-CLAY 30, BACONTON CHARTER 21: Welcome back Cornelius Bennett.
Bennett, the Herald Dynamite Dozen running back who sat out last week’s game with a concussion, returned to the lineup Friday for the Red Devils and scored four touchdowns in the nine-point win.
Bennett rushed 15 times for 130 yards and three TDs and also ran back a punt 85 yards for a score.
Baconton (2-6) jumped out to a 13-0 lead at halftime, but Bennett broke off a 70-yard TD run on the first possession of the second half, jumpstarting the Red Devils to 30 unanswered points.
R-C Dynamite Dozen rusher Don Bolden saw limited playing time for disciplinary reasons but still rushed for 45 yards on eight carries.
The Red Devils (3-4) play again Friday at Seminole County, and Baconton Charter is at home next Saturday against Aucilla Christian (Fla.).
TERRELL COUNTY 41, MILLER COUNTY 33: Greenwave quarterback Trey Bishop threw for two TDs and ran for two TDs to lift Terrell (4-4, 1-2 Region 1-A) back to .500.
Miller County, which was paced by J.J. George (17 carries, 109 yards, 3 TDs) and Terrius Buggs (13 carries, 148 yards, 2 TDs), fell to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the region.
Bishop threw one of his TDs to Malik Toomer on the second play of the game, and Terrell County never trailed after that. The Greenwave are off next week before traveling to Stewart County on Nov. 1, and Miller County, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, plays again Friday against Stewart County.
CRISP COUNTY 39, WORTH COUNTY 28: The Herald No. 5 Cougars picked up a huge Region 1-AAAA win to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the region, taking a big step toward a playoff game.
Individual stats were not available for either teams, but Crisp gained 425 yards of total offense to knock off a Worth County team that fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the region.
“It was a big region win,” Crisp coach Lee Campbell said. “It was a real physical game. I thought we banged with them really good. (Worth County head coach Jason) Tone is doing a good job with those guys. The key for me was we knew they were going to score points. We just needed to answer on offense.”
Crisp will try to take another big step toward clinching a playoff spot with a game on the road next week against Herald No. 4 Monroe. Worth County, losers of three straight, hosts Albany High.