Lowndes, Central, Calhoun all fall in Friday football action

Published 2:08 am Saturday, October 8, 2016

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By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal

All three of Lowndes County’s high schools fell in Friday night’s football action.

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The Lowndes Academy Rebels were scrappy against Abbeville in a Class A Region 1 encounter at home Friday night, but fell in the end 52-34.

However, providing a lift to the Rebels by attending the game was Trevor Johnson, the Lowndes Academy football player who was critically injured in an accident the day before the first game of the season.

Lowndes Academy head football coach Bob Taylor called Johnson a walking miracle.

The loss dropped the Rebels to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in regional play. But the Rebels won’t have long to lick their wounds as they will travel Friday, Oct. 14 to face regional opponent SMCA.

More Lowndes Academy football details to come.

The Central Lions fell to the Goshen Eagles on the road Friday night 70-26.

The 1-7 Lions overall (counting a game that was ended by lightning against Holtville) and 1-4 in Class 2A Region 3 play will next host Southside High School, Selma for homecoming on Friday, Oct. 14 in a non-regional encounter at Walter James Sellers Stadium.

For the Lions Friday night, Keegan Blackman scored a touchdown on a quarterback keeper for 70 yards. Malek Hill returned a kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown. Diamonta Johnson caught a 25-yard pass from Blackman for a touchdown. Frank Burke scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak and added a 2-point conversion.

Central head football coach Martez Graham said, “We gave it away.” He said the team “cannot win and will not win turning the ball over.”

The Calhoun Tigers fell to Elba 74-20 at home Friday night to go 0-8 overall and O-4 in Class 2A Region 3 play on the season.

For the Tigers, Ganld Sharpe scored one touchdown; DeMarco Jiles scored two touchdowns; and Timwuan Carter scored a 2-point conversion.

Calhoun head football coach Bill E. Lamar said he was proud of the Tigers for their effort, for getting together as a team and the way they “kept fighting to the end.”

Calhoun will host regional opponent Zion Chapel at Samuel L. Bruce Stadium for homecoming Friday, Oct. 14.