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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Terrell County shuts out Calhoun County in Region 1-A opener

DAWSON -- Winning is something Terrell County coach William Huff could get used to.

His Greenwave scored with six seconds Friday night to knock off Calhoun County 8-0, scoring a Region 1-A victory on Homecoming night.

“I’ll take a one-game winning streak,” Huff said. “We’ll take every one of them.”

The Greenwave overcame a 30-6 deficit last week against Schley County, scoring 38 second-half points to win 44-30. Terrell (3-2, 1-0 Region 1-A) has not allowed a touchdown in six quarters.

“It was a family effort,” Huff said. “We have faith in each other and we’re playing with a little love.”

Quarterback Jatori Jones hooked up with Rokeem Johnson on a 60-yard touchdown pass, then Jazzmond Kendrick caught the two-point conversion. Terrell then ran out the final seconds to preserve the win.

Huff knows as the season progresses, the schedule will get more difficult.

“We have Seminole County next week, and Seminole County knows how to score points,” he said.

Calhoun (1-4, 0-1) has lost three straight. The Cougars play host to Miller County next week.

MITCHELL HOLDS ON: Miller County took advantage of two Mitchell County turnovers, scored two touchdowns, then allowed Mitchell County to score 20 unanswered points in a 20-13 victory.

Miller’s Algin Merritt threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrious Boggs. After Justin Williams extra point, the Pirates used another turnover to set up a score – a 27-yard touchdown pass from Merritt to Antreyvous Benton to make it 13-0.

Mitchell (2-3, 1-0 Region 1-A) stormed back. Anfernee Holloway’s 5-yard run cut the deficit to 13-6, then Tremel Emmanuel’s 8-yard run pulled the Eagles to within a point at 13-12.

Late in the fourth quarter, Bruce Bryant scored on a 6-yard run, then threw the 2-point conversion to make it 20-13.

“Our guys played hard but we still made a lot of mental errors,” Mitchell coach Larry Cornelius said. “We have a fast-paced offense and we try to get plays off every 15 seconds and try to wear other teams out. But we have to be smart with the football.”

Miller (1-4, 0-1) had a chance to send the game into overtime. Following another Mitchell turnover, the Pirates threw a long pass downfield only to have Mitchell’s Vernon Johnson intercept the ball near the goal line, sealing the victory.

“We ran the same play we scored our first touchdown pass on,” Miller coach Frank Killingsworth said. “We just ran it to the other side. We got down their close, but their guy made a good play.”

Mitchell County plays host to Randolph-Clay next week, while Miller County travels to play Calhoun County.

CAMPBELL A FAN OF DOUGHERTY: Add Crisp County coach Lee Campbell to the list of supporters who believe Corey Joyner has Dougherty headed in the right direction. The Cougars’ 40-14 victory over Dougherty Friday night wasn’t as close as the score indicated according to Campbell.

“Coach Joyner has them playing much better,” Campbell said. “You can tell he’s worked them hard.”

The Cougars used touchdown runs from Jamie White and Brandon Dowdell, then quarterback Witt Campbell tossed a touchdown strike to Eddie Morgan to make it 20-0. But Dougherty cut the deficit to 20-7 at halftime, then scored an early third quarter touchdown to close to 20-14.

Crisp answered Dougherty’s score to make it 27-14.

It stayed that way until late in the game when the Trojans (0-5, 0-2 Region 1-AAAA), trying for some last-minutes scores, had to try and convert a fourth-down play.

“They fought us hard to the end,” Campbell said. “But I was proud of our kids and how they played. We came out kind of flat in the third quarter and they made it real close. But we were able to hold on.”

The Cougars (3-2, 1-1) rolled up 268 yards rushing.

Crisp County and Dougherty are both off next week. The Trojans meet Albany on Oct. 12, while Crisp County visits Westover on Oct. 11.

TURNOVER DOOMS EARLY: It has been a strange season for Early County. The Bobcats felt they let one get away Friday night against state power Brooks County. Early lost 13-6.

Tyrek Lyles’ 33-yard dash gave Early a 6-0 halftime lead.

The Bobcats (2-3, 0-1 Region 1-AA) then lost a turnover early in the third quarter at their own 14-yard line. Brooks took advantage, taking the lead on 5-yard run to make it 7-6.

Then less than four minutes left, the Trojans (4-1, 1-0) scored the clincher on a 33-yard touchdown run.

Early County plays host to Berrien next week.

WESTWOOD 26, TIFTAREA 7: Dynamite Dozen running back JT Edore rushed for 123 yards and two TDs to lead Westwood to its third straight win.

The Wildcats (3-1-1) led 14-0 at halftime but saw their lead slip to seven points in the third quarter before scoring late in the third and again in the fourth to put it away.

Chason Worsham, who finished with 108 rushing yards, added a 15-yard run, and Dylon Smith scored on a 20-yard run. Westwood quarterback Ralph Collins threw for 150 yards.

SOUTHLAND 43, HERITAGE 8: After a rough start Friday night, the Southland Raiders rattled off 41 unanswered points to win the non-region game.

Dustin Shattles led the way with 135 yards and three TDs on 21 carries, while Bryce Driver, Colt Stephens and Ryan Weaver each added a rushing TD. William Oscar caught a 19-yard TD from quarterback Jon Atkins.

“We played well after those early mistakes,” Southland coach Tim Goodin said. “The defense played really well other than an early possession. We had a lot of guys who played well.”

AMERICUS-SUMTER 40, WORTH COUNTY 27: Americus QB and Dynamite Dozen selection Jonathan Thomas completed 15-of-20 passes for 239 yards and four TDs to lead the Panthers to a huge Region 1-AAAA win.

Americus is now 2-0 in the region heading into a bye week. They play again Oct. 11 vs. Monroe at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Thomas also rushed for 63 yards in the win, while Mike Russell (9 carries, 40 yards) and Dynamite Dozen selection Wesley Fields (13 carries, 99 yards) each ran in for a TD.

DJ Harris caught five passes for 71 yards and two TDs, while Dylan Morgan hauled in five passes for 95 yards and one TD. Mykall Yancey also had a receiving TD.

RANDOLPH-CLAY 44, BARBOUR COUNTY (ALA.) 36: It was Randolph-Clay’s ground game vs. Barbour County’s air attack on Friday, and Herald Dynamite Dozen RBs Cornelius Bennett and Don Bolden stole the show for the visiting Red Devils.

Bennett rushed for a season-high 190 yards and three TDs, and Bolden added 150 yards and three TDs for the Red Devils, who have now won two straight games and are 2-2 overall.

R-C quarterback Caleb McFather was 4-for-7 for 91 yards, and Marcus Smith led the Red Devils in receiving with two catches for 50 yards.

The Red Devils play again next Friday against Mitchell County.


Herald sports editor John Millikan contributed to this report