Vidalia withstood a late Bryan County challenge to claim a 34-27 victory Friday, maintaining its hold on second place in GHSA Region 2-AA.
Bryan County, which was looking to move into a tie for second in the region, scored 20 points in the final quarter. But Vidalia (6-1, 5-1 region) scored 13 points of its own in the final 12 minutes to hold off the Redskins. Tra Hardy rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns to pace Vidalias offense, while DeJarius Mincey completed 11-of-16 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.
Vidalia is now a game ahead of Bryan County, McIntosh County Academy and Metter with three games to play. The Indians have already defeated all three of those teams, and their three remaining opponents -- Bacon County, Toombs County and Jeff Davis -- all have sub-.500 records.
Unbeaten Benedictine, which is off this week, will clinch the region title with a win in its final two games.
Volleyball playoffs update
The Veterans and Houston County volleyball programs will host GHSA second-round playoff matches Tuesday.
Houston County, playing in Class AAAAA, will host Northgate at 6 p.m. The Bears beat Tucker in the first round.
Veterans, playing in Class AAAA, will host Sandy Creek at 5:30 p.m. The Warhawks beat Ridgeland in the first round.
Perry is also in the Class AAAA second round after beating Grady in the first round. Perry will play at Locust Grove.
Headed to Palmetto State
Northeast quarterback/cornerback Davion Anderson has committed to play at Charleston Southern.
The Buccaneers play on the FCS level in the Big South Conference. They are 7-1 this season, including 1-0 in conference play.
Anderson has passed for more than 700 yards this season and run for more than 300.
Mount de Sales signing
Mount de Sales senior swimmer Madison Kosater will sign a national letter-of-intent with Brenau on Tuesday.
Kosater has been a part of seven relays that have won state championships, as well as recording 12 top-five finishes in individual events. The Cavaliers have won four straight GISA championships.
Brenau is an NAIA program in Gainesville. Kosater is scheduled to sign at 1 p.m. at the Mount de Sales library.
A trio of former Middle Georgia high school standouts had prime views of Peyton Mannings return to Indianapolis on Sunday night -- from across the line of scrimmage.
Erik Walden (Dublin) started at strong linebacker for the Colts and had three tackles, a quarterback hurry, pass defended and forced fumble. The latter three plays came at crunch time, on consecutive Denver possessions in the fourth quarter.
Walden hurried and tipped Mannings pass midway through the fourth quarter to force an interception that set up Adam Vinatieris game-sealing field goal for a 39-30 lead. Then Walden was credited with forcing the fumble by Ronnie Hillman inside the Colts 5 with about three minutes left, allowing Indianapolis to take up nearly two minutes and all but kill Mannings chances at the miracle comeback.
Josh Gordy (Washington County) had a tackle before going out in the first half with a groin injury. And Mario Harvey (Mary Persons) recorded a special-teams tackle, but he was sent to the sideline with a hamstring injury.
Denver wideout Demaryius Thomas (Dublin) caught four passes for 82 yards and a 31-yard touchdown.
Chris Cephus (East Laurens) is fifth in receptions (13) and third in receiving yards (271) for Samford, which is ranked 22nd in the latest FCS poll.
He caught four passes for 101 yards in the 34-31 loss a month ago to Southeastern Louisiana
Cephus had three for 23 in the Bulldogs 44-34 win over Georgia Southern.
Compiled by Ron Seibel, Daniel Shirley and Michael A. Lough.