Staff Reports

LYONS -- The Tiftarea Academy Panthers traveled here Friday and came away with a 26-0 win over the Robert Toombs Christian Academy Crusaders. It was the Region 2-AA opener for the Panthers, ranked No. 1 in the state coach's poll.

Tiftarea got on the board first on a three-yard touchdown run by Taylor Hammond with 7:36 left in the first quarter. The kick failed and the Panthers were up 6-0.

In the second period the Panthers added another score on a two-yard run by Luke Jordan with 3:39 left in the second quarter. Hammond was stopped in his attempt for the two-point conversion.

After another Hammond score in the third quarter, Tanner Ivie ran the ball in for his first touchdown of the year with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter. Hammond ended the scoring with a two-point conversion.

Now at 2-0 on the year, 1-0 in the league, Tiftarea will now travel to Camilla next Friday to take on the Westwood Academy Wildcats. Westwood has won the last two state titles in Class AA.

The Wildcats were defeated 48-0 Friday by Deerfield-Windsor.

Irwin County 27, Brantley County 0

NAHUNTA -- The Irwin County Indians took their Region 2-AA opener Friday night with a 27-0 win over the Brantley County Herons. It was the 24th loss in a row for the Herons.

Irwin's scores came on runs by senior Chris Lewis, freshman Patrick Florence and senior Billy Jordan. The other touchdown came on a pass from T.J. Bryant to fellow junior Marcus Jackson.

The Indians mounted 565 yards of total offense in the contest.

Irwin will be on the road again next Friday. The Indians will travel to Pearson to take on the Atkinson County Rebels at Sid Strickland Stadium.

Atkinson opened the year with an upset 17-8 win over the McIntosh County Academy Buccaneers Friday.

Cairo 33, Cook High 19

CAIRO -- Heading into Friday night's game against Cook, Cairo head coach Warren Field had just one concern about the Hornets, their speed. It turned out, it was his running backs' speed that made the difference in Cairo's 33-19 win.

The Syrupmakers used a combination of junior Clifford Hammonds inside between the tackles and sophomore Dante Harrell around the outside.

Harrell finished the night with 20 carries for 97 yards. Hammonds had 22 carries for 81 yards and finished with three touchdowns.

But the Cook Hornets never would go away.

The speed that Field was worried about before the game took its toll in the second half. After a long kickoff return by Cornelius Brown, quarterback Thomas Arnold took it in from two yards out to make it 26-13. The combination of Arnold and running back Brian McCall drove the Hornets right down the field on their next drive. Arnold then took the snap, and carried the ball right off tackle and flew away from the Syrupmakers defense for a 26-yard touchdown. The extra point was missed and it suddenly was 26-19.

Cook will be off for a week before entertaining Pelham on Sept. 13.

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