Seminole County fullback Barren Rambo gained 94 yards and scored a touchdown in a 48-6 win against rival Miller County last week as Seminole’s potent offense just keeps rolling over opponents. The Indians stayed at the top of the Fab 5 poll.
Seminole County stayed at the top of the Fab Five poll by not only beating its biggest rival, Miller County, but by running right by the Pirates, 48-6. The Indians have won eight in a row and will be at home in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
If they beat Randolph-Clay on Friday they will finish the regular season at the top of the poll.
The top three teams in the poll all won big games last week to stay in the poll and clinch playoff berths.
Bainbridge, which sat out the playoffs last year, won a crazy game in Leesburg, beating Lee County, 60-41, to clinch a berth in the Class AAAA playoffs. Americus-Sumter stays at No. 3 after avoiding a lot of confusion by beating Westover, 14-12, in a critical Region AAA game that gave the Panthers no worse than the No. 2 spot in the region race, and guarantees home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Westover, which dropped out of the poll, faces a playoff-type game on Friday against Monroe, because if the Patriots win they’re in the playoffs. If they lose their season is over.
Deerfield-Windsor moved up from No. 5 to No. 4 in the poll with a decisive 27-12 win against Westfield to win the GISA Region 2-AAA title and will be at home in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Mitchell County has been red-hot of late and new QB Tevin Watkins says the “freight train” isn’t going to slow down.
The train made its way into the poll this week at No. 5.
New Herald Fab 5 Poll
1. Seminole Co. (8-1)
The Indians have scored 269 points in their last five games — and they could have scored more. That’s how lethal this offense is. Next: Friday vs. Randolph-Clay, 7:30 p.m.
2. Bainbridge (7-2)
The Bearcats had a lot of questions in August, but they’re on their way to the playoffs after putting up 60 points in a 60-41 win against Lee County. Next: Friday vs. Thomas County Central, 7:30 p.m.
3. Americus-Sumter (6-3)
The Panthers duplicated their 4-0 start in Region 1-AAA, where they finished second to Cairo a year ago. They meet the Syrupmakers Friday for the title. Next: Friday at Cairo, 7:30 p.m.
4. Deerfield-Windsor (8-2)
The Knights clinched the region title last week and finish with rival Southland. Next: Friday vs. Southland, 7:30 p.m.
5. Mitchell County (6-3)
The Eagles are soaring and scoring (219 points in five region wins). Next: Friday at Terrell County, 7:30 p.m.
Quote of the week
“That was the first one, so that was the sweetest one, but this one’s pretty sweet, too.’’
Alan Ingram -- Seminole County coach whose team won its first region title in 37 years. Ingram was at Seminole back when the Indians won the title in 1974.
Herald Heisman watch
Mason Worsham, Sr., QB, Westwood: Rushed for 160 yards on just four carries, scoring twice (82 and 78 yards) , and completed 7-of-8 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in 54-7 win against Terrell Academy.
Ladonis Bryant, Jr., WR, Early County: Caught six passes for 182 yards, and also ran for a 10-yard TD, and scored on a two-point conversion run that ended up being the difference in a 36-34 win against Albany High.
Tevin Watkins, Sr., QB, Mitchell County: Watkins, who was last week’s Player of the Week, did it again in his second consecutive start, completing 16-of-21 passes for 197 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries and scored twice in a 46-14 win against Pelham..
Jacori Taylor, Jr., QB, Early County: Taylor had his third big game in a row, completing 12-of-23 passes for 299 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for two touchdowns — and made a sack on defense — to help Early County beat Albany High, 36-34.
Matt Mears, Jr., QB, Lee County: Completed 28 of 56 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for a touchdown in a 60-41 loss to Bainbridge
By The Numbers
5 -- Number of touchdown plays of 50 yards or more by Westwood in a 54-7 win against Terrell County, including TD runs of 82, 78, 58 and 50 yards, and a 50-yard touchdown pass.
5 -- That’s where Seminole County sits in the coaches Top 10 poll for Class A teams. The Indians are ranked ninth in the AP poll, but get more respect from coaches than the writers.
WEEK 12 AREA SCHEDULE:
(all games 7:30 unless noted)
WESTOVER VS. MONROE at Hugh Mills Stadium
ALBANY at Cook
Warner Robins AT LEE COUNTY
SOUTHLAND at DEERFIELD
MITCHELL CO. at TERRELL CO.
RANDOLPH-CLAY at SEMINOLE CO.
CALHOUN CO. AT PELHAM
Stewart at MILLER COUNTY
TERRELL COUNTY at Stewart
TCC AT BAINBRIDGE
SGA at Brookwood
Brooks Co. at EARLY CO.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN AT TERRELL ACA.
Crisp Co. at WORTH CO.
Westfield AT SHERWOOD
AMERICUS-SUM at Cairo
Glascock Co. AT BACONTON CHARTER