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Friday’s prep football preview capsules

Today’s games

Worth County Rams (1-2) at Dougherty Trojans (0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Hugh Mills Stadium

Overview: It’s the Region 1-AAAA opener for both teams. Worth started the season with a win over Swainsboro but has dropped two straight since. Dougherty, meanwhile, has given up a lot of points in its three losses. The Trojans are desperately hoping to break a string of two consecutive 1-9 seasons. They will need to find some offense tonight against the Rams in order to be successful.

Crisp County Cougars (2-1) at Cairo Syrupmakers (1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Cairo High School, Cairo

Overview: Crisp County was whipped badly last week against Valdosta after hanging with the Wildcats for the first three quarters. However, it did little to dampen the Cougars’ enthusiasm for the season. Their Region 1-AAAA opener at Cairo will be a stiff one. The Syrupmakers’ two losses have come to Thomas County teams — Thomasville and Thomas County Central. Don’t read too much into Cairo’s 21-0 loss to to TCC last week. The Syrupmakers are still a very good team.

Albany Indians (1-2) at Americus-Sumter Panthers (1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Americus-Sumter High School, Americus

Overview: Albany High coach Felton Williams was at a loss for words last week after his Indians allowed Mitchell County to score 20 unanswered points to win 20-14. Williams said Albany must play four quarters of football. If Albany can dominate on the ground, the Indians could have a chance to win their region opener. With the exception of a 42-22 victory over Dooly County two weeks ago, the Panthers have struggled on offense.

Tattnall Square Trojans (3-1) at Deerfield-Windsor Knights (3-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Deerfield-Windsor School

Overview: Tattnall, playing its last year as a GISA member, will be anxious for payback. The Trojans lost twice to Deerfield last year — once in the regular season and then again in the state quarterfinals. To top the Knights, Tattnall will have to slow down a ground game that has been churning out yardage. Deerfield has beaten Macon-area private schools Mount de Sales and Stratford during the past two weeks.

Windsor Academy Knights(0-3) at Sherwood Eagles (0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Sherwood Christian School

Overview: The Eagles desperately need a win to instill some confidence and momentum before opening their region schedule in two weeks. They did have some positive momentum last week when they scored the last 16 points in their game against Southland when Keyshawn Powell scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, followed by Chaz Griffin’s 62-yard touchdown run. Chris Thomas and Greg Elder added 2-point conversion scores. Like Sherwood, Windsor has had difficulty scoring points. They’ve managed just 22 points in losses to Southwest Georgia, Terrell Academy and Westwood.

Miller County Pirates (1-2) at Marion County Eagles (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Marion County High School, Buena Vista

Overview: Marion County had an open date last week. The Eagles opened their season with impressive wins over Terrell County (35-0) and Kendrick (20-14). Miller, meanwhile, has struggled since opening their season with a victory over Schley County. The Pirates have lost badly to Early County and Pelham in the past two weeks. Miller needs a good showing tonight as it opens Region 1-A play next week, playing host to Mitchell County.

Morrow Mustangs (1-2) at Lee County Trojans(3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Lee County High School, Leesburg

Overview: The Herald No. 1 Trojans play their first opponent that isn’t from Dougherty County this season, entertaining Morrow. The Trojans scored a 42-6 victory when the two met last season. While Lee’s offense has grabbed just about all the attention, its defense has been the backbone as the unit is allowing just eight points per game. Morrow scored its first win last week, beating Locust Grove.

Stewart County Knights (0-3) at Randolph-Clay Red Devils (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Randolph-Clay High School, Cuthbert

Overview: The Red Devils are back after an open date last week. Randolph-Clay began the season with losses to Hancock Central and Spencer, two teams they could have beaten. The Red Devils better get things in order as they open Region 1-A play tonight. The good news is that Stewart County isn’t an offensive juggernaut. The Knights have won just three games in the past three years and have been outscored 135-14 in losses to Chattahoochee County, Thomasville and St. Anne-Pacelli this season.

Calhoun County Cougars (1-2) at Early County Bobcats (1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Early County High School, Blakely

Overview: It has been a strange season so far for the Bobcats. They lost a one-point heartbreaker to Seminole County to start the season, routed Miller County 27-0 two weeks ago, then got shut out against Bainbridge last week. The ‘Cats need a strong outing tonight before they open Region 1-AA play next week, playing host to perennial state power Brooks County. Calhoun’s offense averages just 13 points per game this season. They’ll need to score more against Early County.

Griffin Christian Crusaders (0-2) at Crisp Academy Wildcats (3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Crisp Academy, Cordele

Overview: The Wildcats have run up and over their first three opponents — Nathanael Greene, John Hancock and Covenant — by a combined 112-33. In Crisp’s 41-19 rout of Covenant last week, Jake Smith accounted for three of the team’s six touchdowns. The Wildcats rolled up 457 yards of total offense. Griffin will have its hands full trying to slow down Crisp’s offense.

Terrell Academy Eagles (2-1) at Southland Raiders (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Southland Academy, Americus

Overview: Terrell has won two straight since its season-opening setback to Tiftarea Academy. The Eagles, however, will have their hands full against a Southland squad that ripped Sherwood Christian last week. John Adkins, Ryan Weaver and Blake Shattles scored two touchdowns each for the Raiders. Terrell, meanwhile, scored a region win over Fullington last Friday.

Baconton Charter (0-3) at St. Anne-Pacelli (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: St. Anne-Pacelli School, Columbus

Overview: Baconton has struggled to get things going offensively. They will need to solve that problem quickly against St. Anne-Pacelli. The Vikings have routed Crawford County and Stewart County by a combined 79-12 in their two games this year. Baconton has scored just 12 points in its three losses this season. The Blazers need a good showing before they open Region 1-A play next week against Stewart County.

Westfield Hornets (2-1) at Southwest Georgia Warriors (4-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Southwest Georgia Academy, Damascus

Overview: Since a loss in Week 2 against Deerfield-Windsor, the Warriors have rolled to big wins over Windsor, Southland and last week’s 14-7 victory over Tiftarea. Westfield has combined to score 70 points in their last two wins over Brookwood and Mount de Sales. Slowing down the Hornets will be a challenge for Southwest Georgia.

Terrell County Greenwave (1-2) at Schley County Wildcats (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Schley County High School, Ellaville

Overview: Terrell County scored its first win of the season last week, a 40-0 rout of Central-Talbotton. The Greenwave hope to continue their momentum against a Schley team also searching for its first win. Terrell opens Region 1-A play next week, playing host to Calhoun County. The Greenwave would like a strong showing.

Mitchell County Eagles (1-2) at Brooks County Trojans (2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Brooks County High School, Quitman

Overview: Mitchell County’s last non-region game of the year is a daunting one. Brooks will be the best team Mitchell has faced this season. The Eagles gained some momentum from last week’s win when they overcame a 14-0 deficit to defeat Albany High 20-14. Slowing down Brooks County’s offense will be a challenge for Mitchell.

Bainbridge Bearcats (2-1) at Westlake Lions (2-2)

When: 8 p.m.

Site: Westlake High School, Atlanta

Overview: This will be a different Westlake team than the one Bainbridge routed last season. During a winless 2012 campaign, the Lions’ speed and quickness still posed problems for opposing teams. Bainbridge’s offense had a breakout game last week, scoring 26 points to upend Early County.