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Friday's prep football preview capsules

Mitchell County Eagles (1-3) at Miller County Pirates (1-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Miller County High School, Colquitt

Overview: Since a season-opening victory against Schley County, Miller has struggled in losses to Early County, Pelham and Marion County. However, none were worse than last week’s 54-0 loss to Marion. Mitchell hasn’t fared any better. Last week’s 50-6 loss to Brooks County was tough for the Eagles to take. Both teams get a chance for a fresh start as Region 1-A begins tonight.

Dodge County Indians (2-2) at Lee County Trojans (4-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Lee County High School, Leesburg

Overview: This will be Herald No. 1 Lee County’s final non-region game of the season. The Trojans open Region 1-AAAAA play next week in Columbus at Hardaway. Dodge has lost two straight after beginning the season 2-0. In Dodge County’s two losses, it has had trouble on defense. Facing a Lee County offense that appears to be clicking on all cylinders could be a daunting task for the Indians.

Randolph-Clay Red Devils (1-2) at Barbour County (Ala.) Jaguars (3-1)

When: 8 p.m.

Site: Barbour County High School, Clayton, Ala.

Overview: It was a good week for the Red Devils, who scored a Region 1-A victory last Friday by thumping Stewart County. Randolph-Clay will head west and play its final non-region contest of the season. Barbour County lost its first game last week to Slocumb, Ala. This is the first of three straight road games for the Red Devils.

Calhoun County (1-3) at Terrell County (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Terrell County High School, Dawson

Overview: Since opening the season with two losses, Terrell County’s offense has gone into high gear, scoring 40 or more points in consecutive wins over Central-Talbotton and Schley County. Calhoun County faces a tough task to try and slow down the Greenwave. The winner gets a leg up on the competition in Region 1-A play.

Crisp Academy Wildcats (4-0) at Terrell Academy Eagles (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Terrell Academy, Dawson

Overview: After a 30-point loss to Southland Academy last week, the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Eagles, who welcome Crisp Academy. Crisp’s offense has scored plenty of points in victories over Nathanael Greene, John Hancock, Covenant and Griffin Christian. Slowing down the Wildcats’ offense will be a challenge.

Deerfield-Windsor Knights (2-2) at Sherwood Christian Eagles (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Sherwood Christian School

Overview: It won’t take much for both teams to get up for this one. Sherwood scored a big win last week over Windsor, while Deerfield was shut out against Tattnall Square. This is the last non-region game of the season for both teams. A positive showing is essential. This is the first of two straight games for Sherwood against defending state champions — Deerfield won the GISA Class AAA last season, while Valwood, next week’s opponent, was last year’s Class AA champion.

Southland Academy Raiders (3-1) at Heritage Hawks (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Heritage School, Newnan

Overview: If you like offense and plenty of points, then making the drive to Newnan may not be a bad idea for this one. The Raiders scored 63 in last week’s win over Terrell Academy and 48 the week before in a victory over Sherwood Christian. The Hawks, meanwhile, are averaging 26.5 points per game, including a 38-6 rout of Dawson Street last Friday.

Tiftarea Panthers (2-1) at Westwood Wildcats (2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Westwood Academy, Camilla

Overview: After an open date, Westwood entertains Tiftarea in its final nonregion game before they open region play next week. The Wildcats have scored 50 or more points in each of their last two wins over Dawson Street and Windsor Academy. The competition should stiffen tonight against the Panthers, who scored a 28-27 victory over Brookwood last week.

Worth County Rams (2-2) at Americus-Sumter (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Americus-Sumter High School, Americus

Overview: It’s still early in the season, but the winner of this one can take a giant step toward a postseason berth. Worth used a bruising ground attack to rout Dougherty last week, while Americus-Sumter used two second-half scores to top Albany High. The winner enjoys the victory for two weeks as both teams are open next Friday.

Brooks County Trojans (3-1) at Early County Bobcats (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Early County High School, Blakely

Overview: With the exception of a loss to Valdosta High three weeks, no team has been able to contain Brooks County. It’s a tall order for Early County, who scored a 13-0 shutout of Calhoun County last week. The Bobcats’ defense must slow down Brooks County’s offense to have a chance. The Trojans are averaging 36 points per game.

Pelham Hornets (3-1) at Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes (2-1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Fitzgerald High School, Fitzgerald

Overview: The Hornets hope to get back on track after a rough game against Seminole County last week. Pelham, who averaged more than 300 yards rushing per game in three victories to start the season, was held to less than 150. It’s also the Region 1-AA opener for both teams. Fitzgerald has won two straight since beginning the season 0-1-1.

Dougherty Trojans (0-4, 0-1) at Crisp County Cougars (2-2, 0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Crisp County High School, Cordele

Overview: The Cougars look to get back on the winning track after consecutive losses to Valdosta and Cairo. In those two games, Crisp has averaged just six points. Dougherty’s young team looks to get something going in a positive direction. Dougherty quarterback Michael Whatley did throw for more than 200 yards in last week’s loss to Worth County.

Saturday’s Game

Albany Indians (1-3, 0-1) at Monroe Tornadoes (1-3, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Site: Hugh Mills Stadium

Overview: This will be Monroe’s second straight Saturday night game. The Tornadoes dug themselves in too deep of a hole last week against Westover before trying to rally. Albany, meanwhile, hopes to play four complete quarters. The Indians trailed by a point against Americus-Sumter last week before allowing two late touchdowns.