TIFTON — The Turner County Rebels had to battle a determined Lanier County Bulldog squad Friday night in Lakeland, but by the time the smoke had cleared Turner went back to Ashburn with a 23-0 win in the Region 2-A battle.
The score was 0-0 at the half, even though the Rebels outgained 125-66 in total yardage. Turner got the ball down to the Lanier 4 at one point, but the Bulldogs held.
Mark Lamb would break the scoreless tie on Turner's first drive of the third quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run that ended a 67-yard drive. Luke Soliday's pass to Lebrentae High for the two-point conversion was good and it was 8-0.
Soliday would then add to the Turner advantage 2-yard touchdown run that capped a 40-yard drive. Soliday would then hit Kendall Kicklighter for the two-point conversion.
Turner's last score came when Lamb returned an interception for 42 yards. Quan Williams wouild add the point after.
All of that scoring came in the third quarter.
Lanier did drive down to the Turner 7 late in the game, but Williams would intercept a pass and return it 100 yards for an apparent touchdown. But it was called back due to a block on the back on the return.
Turner would end the game with 179 yards rushing and 114 through the air as Soliday completed half of his passes, 6-12. Lanier had 117 yards rushing and 23 through the air.
Tederick Moore led the Rebels with 85 yards rushing on just nine carries. Soliday added 87 more yards on the ground on 13 rushes.
Turner will host Charlton County in another key region game Friday.