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


Witt Campbell, Crisp County

Crisp County quarterback Witt Campbell wins a back-and-forth battle with Terrell County quarterback Trey Bishop in The Herald's Week 8 Player of the Week Poll. Campbell surged in front of Bishop in the final day of voting to win the poll by a single percentage point.

Campbell completed 8 of 12 passes for 188 yards and two TDs and also had two rushing TDs for the Cougars last week, while Bishop completed 9 of 12 passes for 237 yards and two TDs and also carried the ball seven times for 103 yards and two TDs. The duo each led their teams to big region wins.

Randolph-Clay running back and Dynamite Dozen selection Cornelius Bennett, who was honored as a POTW nominee for the second time this year, came in third with 14 percent of the vote, while Bainbridge linebacker and fullback Tremaine McCray finished with four percent of the vote.

Campbell and the Cougars have a huge Region 1-AAAA showdown at Hugh Mills Stadium tonight against Monroe. It's a game that will go a long way in deciding the playoff picture in the region.

Friday’s games

Americus-Sumter Panthers (3-4, 2-2) at Cairo Syrupmakers (4-3, 3-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Cairo High School, Cairo

Overview: After starting the season with two region wins, the Panthers have lost two straight, and their postseason hopes are diminishing. Cairo must win to keep pace with Monroe for second place in the region standings. As far as the playoffs are concerned, this is a must-win for both schools.

Albany Indians (2-5, 1-3) at Worth County Rams (2-5, 1-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Worth County High School, Sylvester

Overview: The playoffs aren’t completely out of the picture for either team. However, some upsets have to happen involving teams ahead of these two in the region standings. Both Albany and Worth County need a win to get some positive things going.

Fitzgerald Hurricanes (5-2-1, 3-1) at Early County Bobcats (3-4, 1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Early County High School, Blakely

Overview: A must-win game for Early County if the Bobcats want to remain in the postseason chase. The Bobcats blew a 6-0 lead and lost to Thomasville last week. Fitzgerald remains in a second-place tie with Thomasville in Region 1-AA, just behind first-place Brooks County.

Pelham Hornets (3-4, 0-3) at Berrien Rebels (3-4, 0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Berrien High School, Nashville

Overview: The Hornets have lost four straight since starting the season with three wins. The good news is that tonight’s opponent, Berrien, has had its share of struggles, too. The loser falls to last place in the Region 1-AA standings.

Mitchell County Eagles (5-3, 4-0) at Calhoun County Cougars (1-6, 0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Calhoun County High School, Edison

Overview: After starting the season 0-2, the Eagles have won four straight and five of their last six and remain tied atop the Region 1-A standings with Seminole County. Calhoun has struggled to get anything going lately and has lost five straight.

Randolph-Clay Red Devils (3-4, 1-2) at Seminole County Indians (7-0, 3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Seminole County High School, Donalsonville

Overview: The Herald No. 2 Indians have cruised in Region 1-A play, allowing just 14 points in their three region victories. Randolph-Clay got a much-needed non-region win last week. The Red Devils must figure out how to slow down Seminole’s offense to have any chance of winning.

Miller County Pirates (3-5, 2-2) at Stewart County Knights (0-7, 0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Stewart County High School, Lumpkin

Overview: The Pirates play their final game of the 2013 season on the road. They will tackle a Stewart County team still smarting from last week’s 80-0 loss to Mitchell County. Miller had its two-game winning streak snapped last week against Terrell County.

Baconton Charter Blazers (2-6) at Aucilla Christian Warriors (5-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Aucilla Christian School, Monticello, Fla.

Overview: The Blazers look to get back on the winning track after losing two straight games. Baconton will play its second Saturday game in three weeks. Aucilla Christian should be a good test for the Blazers.

Sherwood Christian Eagles (2-6, 0-3) at Terrell Academy Eagles (3-5, 0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Terrell Academy, Dawson

Overview: Neither team has had much success since region play began. Unless a series of upsets in GISA Region 3-AA happen, both Sherwood and Terrell Academy’s final two games will be for pride. Sherwood has lost four straight, while Terrell has lost three in a row.

Deerfield-Windsor Knights (4-3, 1-1) at Pinewood Christian (4-2-1, 1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Pinewood Academy, Bellville

Overview: Deerfield dropped a tough game last week at Westfield. The Knights have a chance to right the ship and remain in contention for the region title against a Pinewood team that got routed against Southland last week.

Southland Raiders (5-3, 1-1) at Tiftarea Panthers (4-3, 1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Tiftarea Academy, Chula

Overview: Southland can take a giant step toward the postseason by beating Tiftarea. The Raiders scored a key GISA Region 1-AAA win at Pinewood Christian last week.

Southwest Georgia Warriors (5-3, 2-1) at Westwood Wildcats (5-2-1, 2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Centennial Stadium, Camilla

Overview: The winner takes over sole-possession of second-place in Region 3-AA. Westwood lost its first region game to defending Class AA champion Valwood last week, while Southwest Georgia downed Sherwood Christian. There’s a lot at stake in this one.

Crisp Academy Wildcats (5-3, 1-1) at First Presbyterian Christian Highlanders (0-7, 0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: First Presbyterian Christian, Hinesville

Overview: Crisp Academy has a chance to get back in the win column against struggling First Presbyterian Christian. If the Wildcats want to host a home playoff game in the first round of the state playoffs, they need to win tonight.

Northside, Columbus Patriots (1-6, 0-2) at Bainbridge Bearcats (3-4, 1-2)

When: 8 p.m.

Site: Centennial Field, Bainbridge

Overview: Bainbridge has just two region games left and can clinch a playoff berth with a victory tonight. The Bearcats snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Hardaway last Friday. Bainbridge is off next week before playing host to Lee County on Nov. 8 in its regular-season finale.

Saturday’s game

Dougherty Trojans (0-7, 0-4) at Westover Patriots (5-2, 4-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Site: Hugh Mills Stadium

Overview: Nothing would bring a smile to Dougherty coach Corey Joiner more than to upend first-place Westover. The Trojans are struggling to get things going. Herald No. 3 Westover, meanwhile, must win two more Region 1-AAAA games to secure the region championship.