LEESBURG --- The Herald No. 1 Lee County Trojans improved to 4-0 for the second straight season with a 43-14 victory against Morrow on Friday.
The Trojans were led by Dynamite Dozen QB Stephen Collier, who threw for one TD and ran for three more. The Ohio State commit now has 18 total TDs through four games.
“He is a pretty physical runner,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said of Collier. “He is a big kid who can really lower his shoulders and run the ball hard.”
Lee County jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter and led 28-0 in the second quarter but let Morrow hang around for a large part of the game because of five turnovers.
“We lost four fumbles and threw one interception,” Fabrizio said. “We have to get that cleaned up. We jumped out to a big lead midway through the first quarter, and I think our kids relaxed a little bit and Morrow didn’t quit. They made us play. They fought and made us fight. They kind of shocked us a little in the second quarter.”
However, Kevin Hopkins, who led off the game with a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD, had two more big returns at the beginning of the second half to turn things around.
Collier finished the game with 128 rushing yards on 11 carries but was only 5-for-14 throwing the ball for 84 yards. Devontae Seay led Lee County with two catches for 53 yards and a TD, while backup QB Garrett Morrell ran in for a late TD in the fourth quarter.
Lee County plays again at home next Friday against Dodge County before starting Region 1-AAAAA play Oct. 4 at Hardaway.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Shontravious Holloway stood in the Terrell County locker room after Friday’s game and reminded his coach and his teammates of the team’s preseason motto.
It was the perfect moment for what turned into an unforgettable night for the Greenwave.
“We had a motto in spring practice, and it was, ‘Adversity introduces a man to himself. The question is, who are you?’ ” Terrell County coach William Huff said. “(Holloway) reminded everybody of that motto after the game.”
Terrell County overcame a mountain of adversity on Friday, erasing a 30-6 deficit at halftime against Schley County to win, 44-30. The Greenwave (2-2) stood strong defensively on four straight goal line plays in the closing seconds of the first half and scored 38-unanswered points after halftime.
“It was incredible,” Huff said. “The kids deserve all the credit. That was them, not us (coaches). We ran the same plays. They just started running them with faith in their teammates in the second half.”
After falling behind by 24 points in the first half, Huff said he saw many of his starters drop their heads -- so Huff turned to his bench players, who then turned the game around.
“We had kids that didn’t believe, and we took them off the field and put kids on the field that did believe,” Huff said. “We stuck together and believed in each other. We made some adjustments (at halftime), but the biggest thing was sticking together and believing in each other.”
CRISP FALLS TO CAIRO: For the second straight week, Crisp County went toe-to-toe with a traditional powerhouse from South Georgia but ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.
After watching Valdosta run up the score in the final minutes last week, Crisp lost, 24-6, to Region 1-AAAA foe Cairo on Friday.
The visiting Cougars had a 6-3 lead for most of the third quarter, but Cairo scored in the final minute of the third to take a 10-6 lead. Cairo then scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Cairo (2-2) has now won 24 Region 1-AAAA games in a row.
Crisp County (2-2) started the season 2-0 but has now lost two straight and will try to get above .500 again next week at home against Dougherty (0-4).
VICTORY WITH A PRICE: The Crisp Academy football team improved to 4-0 for the second straight season on Friday, but the 26-21 victory against Griffin Christian came with a price.
In the first half, quarterback Jake Smith and starting running back Hunter Chambers were ejected from the game, and the duo will possibly be suspended next week against Terrell Academy.
“Games against Terrell are already tough enough,” Crisp Academy coach Ron Drummonds said. “Losing (Smith and Chambers) is tough. We were up 14-0 (Friday night) when they were in the game. They went out, and then we struggled a little bit.”
Smith and Chambers both scored before being ejected. Chambers caught a 15-yard TD pass from Smith in the first quarter, and then on the Wildcats’ next possession Smith ran in for a 15-yard TD.
Crisp’s other TDs were from a Jeff McKinney 22-yard run and a 12-yard TD pass from Matt White to Banks Folsom.
SOUTHLAND WINS SHOOTOUT WITH TAE: The Raiders rushed for eight TDs and 343 yards to beat Terrell Academy on Friday, 63-33.
Bryce Driver, Dustin Shattles and Allen Gleeson all rushed for two TDs a piece, while Jon Adkins and Blake Shattles had one rushing TD each and Gleeson returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score. William Oster also caught a 46-yard TD pass from Adkins, who was 10-for-14 for 144 passing yards.
Southland place kicker Cleve Bass was 9-for-9 on PATs, tying the school record.
Quarterback Dalton Todd led Terrell Academy with three passing TDs to Raleigh Carlson and two more rushing TDs. Todd finished the night 20-for-34 for 260 yards and three interceptions.
OTHER SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS: Southwest Georgia Academy’s three-game winning streak is snapped with a 42-7 loss to Westfield. The Warriors are now 4-2 overall entering a bye week. … Herald No. 4 Bainbridge is shut out for the second time this season, losing to Westlake, 36-0. The Bearcats (2-2) are off next week before a huge test Oct. 4 at home against Thomas County Central. … Baconton Charter is still looking for its first win after a 60-14 loss to St. Anne-Pacelli. The Blazers are now 0-4. … Mitchell County fell to 1-3 with a 50-6 loss to Brooks County.