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Cairo denies Monroe shot at No. 2 seed in playoffs

Monroe can only finish as good as No. 3 in Region 1-AAAA with a 34-0 loss to Cairo on Friday.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield clinches playoff berth

In a must-win game for Deerfield, the Knights stepped up to the challenge Friday with a decisive 35-7 win against Tiftarea to clinch a spot in the GISA Class AAA playoffs.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Player of the Week announced/Today's preview capsules

Lee County quarterback Stephen Collier runs away with the Week 9 Player of the Week award after nearly 2,000 votes pour in.

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FAB 5 POLL: Mitchell County breaks into Fab 5 Poll

Mitchell County, with five straight win, enters at No. 5, while the rest of the poll remains unchanged.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Early County makes case for playoffs with win vs. Fitzgerald

Early County put itself in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot Friday with a Region 1-AA victory against Fitzgerald. (ADDS: Recaps on Bainbridge vs. Northside-Columbus; Crisp Academy vs. Presbyterian Christian; Westwood vs. SGA; Miller County vs. Stewart County, Seminole County vs. Randolph-Clay; Pelham vs. Berrian; Pinewood vs. Deerfield; Southland vs. Tiftarea)

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PREP FOOTBALL: Player of the Week/Friday's preview capsules

Crisp County quarterback Witt Campbell edges Terrell County quarterback Trey Bishop by a single percantage point in The Herald Player of the Week Poll.

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FAB 5 POLL: Despite loss, Lee County still No. 1

Lee County hangs on to its No. 1 ranking in the Herald Fab 5 Poll despite a big loss to TCC on Friday, while Seminole County, Westover, Monroe and Crisp County stay ranked 2-5.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Seminole stays undefeated

The Herald No. 2 Indians continue their best start in 30 years and improve to 7-0 with a 31-6 win against Calhoun County. (ADDS: Bainbridge vs. Hardaway; Southland vs. Pinewood; Randolph-Clay vs. Baconton Charter; Terrell County vs. Miller County; Crisp County vs. Worth County)

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PREP FOOTBALL: Player of the Week/Friday's preview capsules

In the closest vote of the season in The Herald's Player of the Week poll, Deerfield-Windsor's Grey Lanier edges Crisp Academy's Jeff McKinney for Week 7 honors.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Mitchell wins third straight behind balanced offense

Mitchell County improves to 3-0 in Region 1-A with a blowout win against Terrell County on Friday. (ADDS: Seminole-Stewart, Miller-Randolph, Cook-Pelham, Bainbridge-Harris, Southland-Westfield and Prep Scoreboard)

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PREP FOOTBALL: Player of the Week/Friday's preview capsules

Westwood senior Dylon Smith edges Mitchell County senior Bruce Bryant for the Week 6 Albany Herald Player of the Week award with 47 percent of the vote.

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Westwood wins OT thriller against Brookwood

Westwood's Dylon Smith scores on a 90-yard interception return with 51 seconds left to force overtime and then the Wildcats score on a fake field goal in OT to stun Brookwood.

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Mitchell County cruises past Randolph-Clay 44-20

Mitchell County fell behind early in Friday night’s game but stormed back for a 22-point win against the Red Devils.

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PREP FOOTBALL: Preview capsules, Herald Player of the Week announced

The Herald breaks down each prep football game in Southwest Georgia this weekend, while Southland running back Dustin Shattles is named the Herald’s Player of the Week.

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

Riding momentum from last week's inspiring comeback against Schley County, Terrell County shuts out Calhoun County and gets the winning TD with six seconds left to win the Region 1-A opener. (ADDS: Recaps on Mitchell-Miller, Dougherty-Crisp, Early-Brooks, Westwood-Tiftarea, Southland-Heritage, Americus-Worth, and Randolph-Clay-Barbour)

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Friday's prep football preview capsules

The Herald breaks down each prep football game in Southwest Georgia tonight.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: No. 1 Lee County routs Morrow, 43-14

Herald No. 1 Lee County improves to 4-0 for the second straight year with a 43-14 win against Morrow.

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DWS shut out in 12-0 loss to Tattnall

After a scoreless first half, Tattnall scores twice in the second half to beat Deerfield, 12-0.

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Friday’s prep football preview capsules

The Herald breaks down each prep football game in Southwest Georgia tonight.

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FAB 5 POLL: Lee No. 1 ahead of Seminole, Pelham

The Trojans have defeated the Herald No. 2 team in back-to-back weeks and have solidified their spot at No. 1, while Seminole, Pelham, Bainbridge and Westover round out the rest of the Fab 5.

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Tift County crushes Worth County, 49-14

Worth County drops its final non-region game in a big way Friday, losing to Tift County, 49-14.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Westover shuts out Jonesboro; Crisp County shocks Cook in 2 OT

Westover Dynamite Dozen QB Shannon Saunders leads the Patriots to their first win of the season Friday on the road.

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HERALD FAB 5 POLL: Lee County debuts at No. 1

The Trojans begin 2013 as the team to beat in Southwest Georgia after a 55-6 win against Dougherty in Week 1.

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Coaches play waiting game Friday night with delays

Games across Southwest Georgia are delayed by lightning and don't finish until late into the night Friday, including the season openers for Mitchell County and Miller County, which didn't conclude until after midnight. Miller beat Schley County in a thriller, while Mitchell fell to Clinch County. (ADDS: Crisp County, Sherwood, Pelham, Baconton, Westover, Southland, Americus, Worth County, Calhoun County, Terrell County)

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GHSA preview capsules (continued)

The Herald’s 2012 prep football preview continues today with a closer look at GHSA Region 1-A’s Seminole County, Calhoun County and Randolph-Clay.

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LATE THURSDAY: Sherwood smashed by Trinity, 44-0, in 2013 opener

Sherwood's defense holds Trinity to just 70 yards of offense in the first half, but the Eagles fall behind following several special teams miscues and is rolled, 44-0, in their 2013 season opener.

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2013 Season Preview: GISA/GHSA capsules

More area prep football teams open the season their seasons tonight. Check out preview capsules on Bainbridge, Baconton Charter, Terrell Academy, Westwood and Southland.

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2013 GSWA Preseason Prep Football Poll

Check out the Georgia Sportswriter Association’s preseason prep football poll.

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SGA first area football program to kick off 2013 season Friday

During the next three weeks, every area football program in Southwest Georgia will begin their 2013 seasons, beginning Friday when SGA hosts Ashford (Ala.) Academy at 8 p.m.

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ALBANY HERALD ALL-AREA, ALL-METRO TEAMS: Prep football

Check out which Southwest Georgia high school football players made The Herald's 2012 All-Area and All-Metro football teams.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Auburn hires OL coach, signs top JUCO RB; Gators land record-setting N.C. quarterback

J.B. Grimes will come from Arkansas State and join Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn.

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HERALD 'GUESSPERTS': Week 13

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their final prep football picks in Week 13 of "Guessperts" as Stewart holds a one-game lead over Phillips with Millkan, Schnitker and Aller bringing up the rear

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Monroe upsets No. 5 state-ranked Griffin; Early County stomps Bleckley County on road

Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Charles Stafford has a monster night Friday to lead the Tornadoes past No. 5 state-ranked Griffin and into the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs. (ADDS: full list of state playoff scores and roundup items on Early-Bleckley; Bainbridge-Union Grove; Lee County-Whitewater; Westwood-Edmund Burke; Crisp Academy-Dawson Street; Stockbridge-Worth County and Randolph Southern-Thomas Jefferson)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 12

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their final prep football picks in Week 12 of "Guessperts" as Stewart holds a three-game lead over Phillips with Millkan, Schnitker and Aller bringing up the rear.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield wins ninth straight, will face Tattnall in postseason opener; SGA falls in heartbreaker in first round of GISA Class AA playoffs

Deerfield jumps all over rival Southland, 41-0, before shutting it down and cruising to a 41-13 win Friday night for the Knights' ninth straight win. (ADDS: items on SGA-Gatewood in Class AA state playoffs; Randolph Southern-Crisp Academy; Terrell County-Randolph-Clay; Crisp County-Americus-Sumter; and Cairo-Dougherty)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 11

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks for Week 11 of "Guessperts" as Stewart holds a slim lead over Phillips.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 12 schedule.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Lee County sets school scoring record with 70-19 rout of Northside, Columbus; Deerfield wins eighth straight

Lee County not only crushes Northside, Columbus to clinch a playoff spot on Friday, but breaks the school's single-game scoring mark in the process. (ADDS: roundup items on Deerfield-Tiftarea; Crisp County-Albany; Bainbridge-Dothan (Ala.); Randolph Southern-First Presbyterian; Randolph-Clay-Calhoun County; Southland-Bulloch; Sherwood-Brookwood; Valwood-SGA; Early County-Pelham; Westwood-Terrell Academy; Robert Toombs-Crisp Academy and Terrell County-Stewart County)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 10

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks for the first week of the high school football season in Week 4 of "Guessperts" as Phillips and Stewart are tied for first place right now with identical 126-26 records through nine weeks.

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This week's 'Burning Question': Who wins Friday's annual Backyard Brawl/Family Feud?

Each week, The Herald’s sports staff will pose a new “Burning Question” at albanyherald.com that’s topical in regards to what area prep football fans are talking about after last week’s games. Feel free to log on and discuss!

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 11 schedule.

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Early misses FG as time expires, falls to Fitzgerald

In a battle for state playoff seeding in Region 1-AA, the Bobcats — one week after winning a game with a last-second FG — miss one Friday against the state power Purple Hurricanes in a heartbreaking, 17-14 loss. (UPDATED: 1:30 a.m. with additional quotes, detail)

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Bainbridge wins second straight region game; Herald No. 1 Lee beaten in final seconds; Crisp Academy honors fallen former star player with win

Terry Lewis and Damien Bouie run wild Friday night to lead The Herald No. 4 Bearcats in a romp of Northside, Columbus. (ADDS: complete list of state scores, plus roundup items on Seminole-Randolph-Clay; Southland-Tiftarea; Crisp Academy-Tiftarea; Miller County-Stewart County; Cairo-Americus-Sumter; Lee County-Harris County; Berrien-Pelham; Terrell Academy-Sherwood; Westwood-SGA; and Monroe-Crisp County)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 8

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their latest prep football picks in Week 8 of "Guessperts" as Stewart and Phillips are now tied for first, with Millikan eight games back, Schnitker 10 back and Aller 14 back.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 10 schedule.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Rare FG by Herald No. 5 Early County caps wild win vs. Thomasville, 17-14; No. 2Bearcats prevail

Brandon Carter kicks a 25-yard field goal with 51.1 seconds left Friday night to lift the Bobcats past Thomasville, 17-14, in a crucial showdown to improve the Bobcats to 2-1 in Region 1-AA play. (ADDS: roundup items on Seminole-Calhoun; Southland-Pinewood; Cairo-Albany; Frederica-Crisp Academy; Bainbridge-Hardaway; Randolph Southern-Fullington; SGA-Southland).

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 8

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their latest prep football picks in Week 8 of "Guessperts" as Phillips opens up a two-game lead on Stewart after missing just two last week, while Millikan drops to nine games back and Schnitker and Aller are fourth and fifth, respectively.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 9 schedule.

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Bama, Gators are 1-2 in BCS

As expected, Alabama is No. 1 in the first BCS rankings, and Florida is a surprising second.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Herald No. 2 Bainbridge stunned by Harris County; Deerfield blanks Bulloch

The Bearcats, who fell from The Herald's No. 1 spot in the Fab 5 Poll last week after an overtime loss to TCC, falls for the second week in a row --- this time in a stunner vs. region rival Harris County. (ADDS: roundup items on Miller County-Randolph-Clay; Baconton Charter-St. Francis; Deerfield-Bulloch; Seminole County-Stewart County; Crisp Academy-Fullington; Valwood-Terrell Academy; and SGA-Brookwood)

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Albany’s ‘O’ too much, powers way past city rival Dougherty, 31-14

Albany scores early and often Friday to rout city rival Dougherty at Hugh Mills Stadium for the Indians' second win of the season, while the Trojans remained winless.

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 7

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their latest prep football picks in Week 7 of "Guessperts" as Stewart pulls ahead of Phillips by one pick for first, with Millikan nines games back and Schnitker and Aller pulling up the rear (once again).

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 8 schedule.

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: TCC knocks off Bainbridge in overtime

Thomas County Central beats Bainbridge in overtime, 17-14, giving the Yellow Jackets a key Region 1-AAAAA victory. (ADDS: Miller County, Calhoun County, Sherwood, Mitchell, Randolph-Clay, Early County, Crisp Academy, Randolph Southern, Life Christian).

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 6

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their latest prep football picks in Week 6 of "Guessperts" as Stewart and Phillips are now tied for first, with Millikan four games back and Schnitker and Aller pulling up the rear (again).

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 5 schedule.

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Crisp beats Dougherty, 28-8, for first victory; Trojans remain winless

In a battle of previously winless teams, Dougherty can't get on the board Friday night in a 28-8 loss to Crisp County.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Cairo waxes Westover

In a battle for early supremacy in Region 1-AAAA, the Syrupmakers overpowered the Patriots in a 31-7 rout. (ADDS: Southland, Randolph-Clay, Terrell Academy, Crisp Academy, Lifer Christian, Lee County, Early County, Westwood, Baconton, Terrell County, Calhoun County)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 5

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their latest prep football picks in Week 5 of "Guessperts" as Stewart surges to the lead after Week 4 with Phillips and Millikan hot on his heels.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 6 schedule.

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PREVIEW: Albany city title series kicks off tonight with Nadas-Pats

The winner of tonight’s 1-AAAA opener between rivals Monroe and Westover will be in the driver’s seat for the city and region championship.

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Southland tops Terrell Academy in battle of unbeatens

Reigning Herald Player of the Week Dustin Shattles of Southland has another big week on offense and defense as the Raiders stay perfect Friday with a 18-12 win at previously unbeaten Terrell Academy.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield rallies, beats Tattnall Square; Early tackles Calhoun

Dallas Margeson finds Kh'Ron McClain from 35 yards out late in the fourth quarter to lift Deerfield to its fourth win in five games Friday. (ADDS: roundup items on Early County-Calhoun County; Randolph-Clay; Terrell County; Randolph Southern; Seminole County-Pelham; Miller County; and SGA)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 4

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks for the first week of the high school football season in Week 4 of "Guessperts" as Millikan and Stewart tied for first place right now with identical 49-11 records through three weeks.

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Baconton falls, Sherwood rolls on Thursday night action; GHSA rules that its teams can't play vs. GISA

The Blazers take it on the chin Thursday night in a home loss to Pacelli to fall to 1-4 on the season, while Sherwood routs Windsor behind a big night from QB Dalton Todd.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 5 schedule.

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LOCAL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA star LB Jones plans to play vs. Vandy; Monroe debuts at No. 10 in state prep poll

Jarvis Jones, who was held out of last week's game against FAU with a groin injury, says he will be on the field Saturday in UGA's latest SEC test against Vanderbilt. (ADDS: notes on UGA-Tennessee being moved to CBS; Monroe's prep football team cracking state Top 10)

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Terrell County picks up first win of season after 48-0 rout

Terrell County routs Central, Talbotton, 48-0, Friday night, thanks to the performances of Greenwave QB Jerkerious Scott. (ADDS: Albany, Mitchell County, SGA, Baconton Charter, Crisp Academy, Randolph Southern, Sherwood, Southland, Terrell Academy, Americus-Sumter, Miller County, Pelham and Seminole)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 3

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks in this season's third edition of "Guessperts." After two weeks, Millikan holds a one-game lead over Phillips and Stewart.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 4 schedule.

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Fab 5 intact after top teams hang tough in Week 3

No. 1 Monroe rebounds from a heartbreaking loss in its opener to beat up on Class A power Wilcox County, while No. 2 Bainbridge edges another state power in Cairo — its biggest rival — and No. 3 Lee County and No. 4 Early County both roll, leaving Westover as the only Top 5 team to lose last week. (ADDS: breakout of latest Fab 5 Poll)

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FRIDAY NIGHT'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 Monroe goes to 1-1 after win at Wilcox; Southland wins again, now 3-0

The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes bounce back from a heartbreaker against Brook County last Friday to upend the No. 2 team in Class A, Wilcox County, on the road in Rochelle. (ADDS: roundup items on Southland-SGA; Westwood-Dawson Street; Terrell Academy-Windsor; Crisp Academy-John Hancock; Cook-Crisp County; Dougherty-Westside, Macon; Seminole County-Turner County; Early County-Miller County; Randolph-Clay-Spencer; and Cairo-Bainbridge)

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 2

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks in this season's second edition of "Guessperts" following Week 1, which finished with a tie for first place by Millikan and Stewart with records of 17-4.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff debuts its first "Prep Peek" of the season, including The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 3 schedule.

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Monroe stays No. 1; Westover moves into Herald’s Fab 5 Poll

Monroe’s last-second loss to Brooks County doesn’t cost the Tornadoes the top spot, while Westover’s win against Class AAAAAA Tift County moves the Patriots into the Fab 5 Poll.

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Herald No. 1 Monroe still in shock after losing 2012 opener on Hail Mary; strange calls mar Trojan Bowl

The Tornadoes narrowly missing upsetting state power Brooks on the road Friday after losing a heartbreaker. (ADDS: Bizarre calls in Dougherty-Lee County game; Lee's two-headed quarterback machine; Sherwood's victory; Calhoun County's running game; Early County's Ladonis Bryant.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Albany loses ‘heartbreaker’ in 2012 season opener, 20-18

Albany's bid to start the season 1-0 falls short Friday after a failed two-point conversion with under a minute to play on the road at Greenville. (ADDS: roundup items on Sherwood, Deerfield, SGA, Crisp County, Crisp Academy, Terrell Academy, Randolph Southern, Americus, Southland, Mitchell County, Terrell County, Miller County, Pelham, Baconton Charter and Randolph-Clay).

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Westwood sees 27-game win streak end

Westwood’ 27-game winning streak ends Friday night in a shutout loss to a bigger Class AAA Stratford program.

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 1

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks for the first week of the high school football season in the first edition of "Guessperts."

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Monroe debuts at No. 1 in Herald’s first Fab 5 Poll

With loads of returning talent — including three Dynamite Dozen selections — Monroe begins the 2012 season as The Herald’s top team. (ADDS: note on Monroe, Seminole County and Early County all getting votes in latest AP Top 10 state poll)

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP --- WEEK 1: Deerfield smashes SGA, 34-13, to open season; Southland stuns Tattnall, 23-22, in OT

Deerfield goes ahead, 34-0, at halftime on SGA on Friday night and never looks back en route to a rout in its 2012 season opener. (ADDS: recaps on Southland-Tattnall; Brantley-Baconton; East Gasden-Bainbridge; Randolph Southern-Nathanael Greene; Life Christian-Colonial)

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Monroe, Seminole, Early get votes in AP prep football poll

Sportswriters across Georgia don’t rank any area teams in The Associated Press’ first Top 10 of the year, but three squads get votes in the season’s preseason poll. (ADDS: Complete poll; Corky Kell Classic)

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KICKOFF 2012: SGA loses season opener to Ashford (Ala.) on last-second FG

SGA, which began its season earlier than any team in Georgia on Friday, loses a heartbreaker in the final seconds when Ashford Academy boots a 34-yard FG to upend the Warriors, 27-25, on the road.

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Pelham football team sends two players to Missouri Valley

Pelham football players Robert Dill and Elijah Haywood sign college scholarships this week.

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Lee County defensive coordinator Scott leaves for head coaching job at Kennesaw Mountain

After one season as defensive coordinator at Lee County, Andy Scott is leaving the Trojans to take the head coaching job at Kennesaw Mountain.

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Several SW Ga. prep football stars ready for National Signing Day

A total of nine local high school football players will sign on the dotted line today during National Signing Day around the country.

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Florida All-Stars edge Georgia in War of Border game

One week after many of these same Georgia All-Stars go to Tallahassee and rout the team from Florida, six turnovers doom the kids from the Peach State in Saturday’s War of the Border All-Star Game in Moultrie.

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Final prep football All-Star game of season set for today in Moultrie

The War of the Borders Georgia-Florida All-Star game will be held today in Moultrie at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium. (ADDS: breakout of rosters of local Georgia players)

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HERALD ALL-AREA: 2011 Albany Herald All-Area/All-Metro Football Team

See which Southwest Georgia prep football stars made the cut for The Albany Herald's 2011 All-Area and All-Metro Football Teams.

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Westover’s Green, Albany’s Morris, Monroe’s Stafford, Bainbridge’s Wilburn earn top end-of-the-year region honors

Several area prep football stars earn Player of the Year honors as the all-region teams are released this week for 1-AA, 1-AAA and 1-AAA.

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Seminole's Brown named Region 1-A Offensive Player of Year; Miller's Barber earns Defensive POY

The postseason accolades keep pouring in for Seminole RB Chris Brown, who is named the Region 1-A Player of the Year on offense, while Miller’s T.T. Barber, right, wins the Defensive POY.

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GISA announces All-State football teams

Several area players, including five members of the Deerfield-Windsor team, and five from Westwood's unbeaten Class A state champs are named to the GISA all-state football teams, and Westwood coach Ross Worsham is named the GISA Class A Coach of the Year.

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Colquitt County pulls off miracle, stuns state power Camden County, 32-31, in AAAAA Elite 8

For the second straight season, the Packers will play in the GHSA Class AAAAA Final Four after knocking off the No. 1 team in Georgia on Friday night.

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Memorial Day torches Terrell Academy, 40-3, in Class A Final Four, sets up rematch with Westwood for title

Terrell Academy, which was playing in its fourth straight Class A Final Four, couldn't overcome key injuries to stop the high-powered attack of Memorial Day on Friday in a 40-3 loss in the state semis in Savannah.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Wilcox County routs Calhoun County; Charlton County too much for Miller in 38-14 first-round loss

It wasn't a good night for Calhoun County against state power Wilcox County as the Cougars fall hard, but have reason for optimism for many key players coming back and a host of youngsters coming up that could make the kids in Edison a force to be reckoned with next year. (ADDS: items on Terrell Academy, Bainbridge, Miller County and Worth County).

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL BREAKDOWN: Area scores, quote of the night, state scores

Check out The Herald's Friday night prep football wrapup after the first round of the state playoffs.

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PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CAPSULES: Breaking down Southwest Georgia's GHSA and GISA first-round matchups

The Herald's sports staff breaks down nine of the 11 first-round state playoff matchups heading into tonight's openers.

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ALBANY HERALD "GUESSPERTS": Playoff week

The Herald's sports staff makes its picks for the first week of the GHSA and GISA state football playoffs as staff writer Matt Stewart is running away with the best record at 122-35.

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Eleven SW Ga. teams enter state football playoffs -- but who will play on?

With the first rounds of the GHSA and GISA state playoffs looming just one day from now, The Herald takes a closer look at the matchups involving Southwest Georgia's remaining 11 teams still alive in their quest for a championship.

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FRIDAY PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Herald No. 2 Bainbridge wins OT thriller vs. TCC to carry momentum into the playoffs

The Bearcats close our the regular season with a wild win, 27-24, in overtime against bitter rival TCC and now head to the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs as a No. 3 seed. (ADDS: items Miller County, Early County, Sherwood, Terrell Academy, Randolph Southern, Albany, Calhoun County, Pelham, Baconton Charter and Americus-Sumter).

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FRIDAY NIGH PREP FOOTBALL BREAKDOWN: Week 12

Check out The Herald's weekly prep football breakdown, including how the teams in The Herald's Fab 5 poll fared Friday night, the Quote of the Night, area scores and state scores.

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HERALD PREP FOOTBALL 'GUESSPERTS': Week 11

The Herald's sports staff closes out its season of prediction tonight during the final week of the regular season, and it appears that staff writer Matt Stewart's 108-33 record won't be beat.

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: GHSA region football playoff races get clearer

As the GHSA football season winds down this week, there are some wild scenarios and tiebreakers in three region races that make this Friday night one of the most interesting of the season.

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Bainbridge beats Lee County, 60-41, in wild 1-AAAA duel

The Herald No. 2 Bearcats come out on top in a see-saw battle to clinch a spot in the Class AAAA playoffs.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield waxes Westfield, 27-12, wins fourth straight Region 2-AAA crown

The Knights go into enemy territory Friday night and come away with a huge win and a region championship. (ADDS: items on Randolph-Clay, Calhoun County, Sherwood, SGA and Terrell County).

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ALBANY HERALD "GUESSPERTS": Week 10

The Herald's sports staff picks its winners for tonight's prep football action as staff writer Matt Stewart continues to lead the pack with a 101-29 record.

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Westover football player kicked off team

Amid allegations rape and aggravated assault, Westover star RB Shannon Saunders will not play the rest of the season.

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Bainbridge, Early lose heartbreakers

The Bearcats give up a late TD and fall, 14-10, in a tough one to Warner Robins at home, while Early County squanders a 20-0 lead and loses to state power Cook, 27-26.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL BREAKDOWN: Herald Fab 5 Poll --- How They Fared; Quote of the Night; area scoreboard; state scoreboard; Week 11 area schedule

Check out The Herald's weekly Friday night breakdown of high school football around Southwest Georgia.

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS': Week 9

The Herald's sports staff picks its winners of this week's area prep football games as staff writer Matt Stewart maintains his lead with an overall record of 89-27.

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Late touchdown helps Bainbridge spoil Houston County's upset bid

Winless Houston County led the Bearcats, but a 97-yard touchdown run by Damian Bouie saved the day for Bainbridge.

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One-win Sherwood jumps out to lead, falls flat in loss to Pinewood

The struggles continue for the Eagles, who jumped out to a 9-7 lead against Pinewood on Friday, only to get outscored, 27-8, the rest of way in a 34-17 loss.

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