ALBANY — Leave it to the coach.
After Sherwood Christian routed Windsor 40-8 Friday night, Sherwood coach Otis Covington pointed out the negative things in the win rather than the positives.
“I’m grateful for the win,” he said. “But we still have a lot of room for improvement.”
Of course, Covington is saying that because the Eagles next three opponents — Deerfield-Windsor, Valwood and Westwood — all played for state titles last season. Deerfield was the GISA Class AAA champion, while Valwood defeated Westwood for the Class AA state championship.
Sherwood’s ground game ran over Windsor on Friday night. Keyshawn Powell scored on touchdown runs of 24 and 46 yards, Chaz Griffin scored on a 50-yard run, Dequan Robinson added a 5-yard touchdown run and Chris Thomas added a 1-yard scoring plunge. Thomas also hauled in a 60-yard touchdown pass from Dillon Evans.
“Even in our previous losses, I thought we played better football in those losses than we did Friday night,” Covington said. “It was homecoming week and I know our kids were a little distracted.
“On a good note, we had a good running game. It came together and we were able to take control of the game. We were able to put the game away, which is always positive.”
The score could have been worse. The Eagles had three touchdowns called back.
ALBANY SHOWS IMPROVEMENT: Last week, Albany High coach Felton Williams was upset his team gave up 20 unanswered points and lost 20-14 to Mitchell County. Friday night in Americus, Williams was pleased with his team’s effort despite a 20-6 loss to Americus-Sumter.
The Indians trailed just 7-6 late in the third quarter before the Panthers RB and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Wesley Fields scored two late touchdowns to send Americus-Sumter to a win in the Region 1-AAAA opener for both teams.
“I saw a lot of bright spots,” Williams said. “I thought our quarterback threw well.”
The Indians have been successful on the ground this season. Friday night, Albany High scored with a different wrinkle when Malik Dungee caught an 80-yard screen touchdown pass from Malik Mathis.
“This game was much better,” Williams said. “Our guys just stayed on the field too much. They got fatigued late. We had a couple of missed tackles. If we make those, the game could have went either way.”
LEE COUNTY STARTS FAST, AGAIN: Here’s a tip for prep football fans in Southwest Georgia: Don’t show up late to a Lee County football game this season.
It might be over by the time you find your seat.
The Herald No. 1 Trojans have made a habit of jumping up early on teams, and they did it again Friday against Morrow by scoring three touchdowns in the opening minutes of the game and jumping ahead 28-0 before Morrow was able to put any points on the board.
The scoring eventually slowed down for the Trojans, but they still cruised to a 43-14 victory to improve to 4-0 overall.
Lee County’s first score came seconds into the game when Kevin Hopkins ran the opening kickoff back 75 yards for a TD. Hopkins later had two more returns of at least 50 yards, which both set up TDs from the offense.
“Our kickoff return team did an excellent job,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said. “Jumping out to a fast start is what you always want to do. But we can’t relax after that. We need to learn to keep our intensity and play hard and put people away.”
Lee County QB and Ohio State commit Stephen Collier had one of his most underwhelming games since taking over as the starter last season. He rushed for three TDs and 128 yards, but he was just 5-for-14 for 84 yards with one TD and one interception.
SEMINOLE COUNTY CONTINUES TO RUN: Seminole County remained unbeaten this year with a 42-12 thumping of Pelham. Coach Alan Ingram won’t say it, but his Indians may be strong enough to make a deep postseason run in Class A, especially considering how well they run the option. The Seminoles rolled up more than 230 yards rushing against Pelham.
“Our kids were loose,” Ingram said after Friday night’s game.
“We have a bunch of good kids. This is one of the least talented teams we’ve had since I’ve been here at Seminole. But the kids have bought into our system. They are making some mental mistakes we need to clean up, but I’m proud of them.”
The Indians are off this week before visiting Terrell County on Oct. 4.
GOOD TUNEUP: Early County scored a 13-0 win over Calhoun County to improve to 2-2 on the season. The Bobcats play host to state-ranked Brooks County next week in the Region 1-AA opener for both teams. Brooks County routed Mitchell County 50-6 Friday night.
Herald sports editor John Millikan contributed to this report