Seminole County running back Chris Brown, 23, has led the Indians all season. The Indians finish the season as The Herald's top-ranked team as they enter the playoffs with a nine-game winning streak.
ALBANY — Seminole County waited until the sixth week of the season to move into the top spot in The Herald’s Fab 5 poll, but once the Indians took over as the No. 1 team they stayed there.
Seminole County completed its regular season with another lop-sided win on Friday, beating Randolph-Clay, 63-15, to put the final touches on a brilliant season that saw the Indians win their final nine games.
No one will ever know if a full-strength Seminole team would have gone unbeaten. The Indians’ only loss was on opening night when they played short-handed and lost to state-ranked Wesleyan, which won the game in the final 1:30 with a 66-yard TD pass.
After that, Seminole was perfect and takes a nine-game winning streak into the playoffs.
The Indians have not had a close game since Wesleyan, and seem primed for a run at a Class A state title. They open at home on Friday night against Bacon County.
They climbed as high as fifth in the coaches state poll, but were ranked only ninth in the writer’s poll, despite a 28-28, tie in a scrimmage against Wilcox, which has been ranked No. 2 in the state for most of the season.
Bainbridge, which surprised a lot of its critics with an 8-2 season, finished at No. 2 in the Fab 5, and meets Ware County on the road in the Class AAAA playoffs this week.
Americus-Sumter finished No. 2 in the crazy Region 1-AAA race that saw both Monroe and Worth County reach the playoffs, and ends the season at No. 3 in the poll.
Deerfield-Windsor, which is ranked No. 1 in the state GISA Class AAA poll, finished fourth in the Fab 5. Mitchell County, the No. 2 seed in Region 1-A, finished fifth.
Ndians took over they stayed therethe 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.
Herald Fab 5
- Seminole Co.....(9-1)
Talk about momentum— the Indians are averaging 55 points a game over their last six games and take a nine-game winning streak into the playoffs. Next: Friday vs. Bacon County, 7:30 p.m.
- Bainbridge......................... (8-2)
The Bearcats have lost to only No. 2-ranked Northside, Warner Robins, and Warner Robins, and look ready for the playoffs. Next: Friday at. Ware County, 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers will be at home after finishing second in Region 1-AAA for the second year in a row. Next: Friday vs. Mary Persons, 7:30 p.m.
- Deerfield-Windsor............. (9-2)
The Knights open the playoffs at home meet Mount de Sales, the team they beat in the state semifinals a year ago. Next: Friday vs. Mount de Sales, 7:30 p.m.
- Mitchell County (7-3)
The Eagles open at home with aspirations of making a playoff run. Next: Friday vs. Clinch County, 7:30 p.m.
WHO: Hakeem Porter, Jr., OL, Monroe
WHY: Porter was one of the biggest reasons Monroe was able to beat Westwover, 27-10, in a do-or-die game that sent the Tornadoes to the playoffs. Porter led Monroe’s offensive line all night, which gave QB Charles Stafford time to throw for 225 yards and opened up the running game.
Herald Heisman watch
Charles Stafford, JR. QB. Monroe: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns — all in just three quarters — to lead Monroe to a 27-10 win against Westover in a do-or-die game that sent Monroe to the playoffs and ended Westover’s season.
Willie Brown, SR. RB, Calhoun County: Rushed for 178 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Calhoun County to a 46-20 win against Pelham that sent Calhoun to the playoffs and ended Pelham’s season.
Terevious Hudson, JR., WR, Monroe: Was the big-play, go-to-guy for Monroe as he caught five passes for 130 yards, including 20-yard and 62-yard TDs, and kicked three extra points to help Monroe beat Westover.
Quincy Fortson, SR., QB, Bainbridge: Rushed for 131 yards on 13 carries and a TD, and also threw for 90 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Rodney Glenn to beat TCC, 27-24, in overtime.
Quentin Heard, SR., RB/LB, Deerfield: Rushed for 117 yards on nine carries and scored twice, including a 5-yard fumble return after he sacked the quarterback in DWS’ 41-0 win against Southland.
By the numbers
Number of times Ed Pilcher has beaten his old school Thomas County Central since coming to Bainbridge three years ago. Pilcher got the win Friday, 27-24, in overtime.
Number of tiebreakers it took to decide the final two playoff spots in Region 1-AAA as Monroe won the fourth tiebreaker with Worth (a 27-6 head-to-head win) to earn the No. 3 seed.
Quote of the week
“The best...That’s the best game we’ve played all year — the best game by far.’’
Monroe coach after watching his team beat Westover, 27-10, in a do-or-die game that landed the Tornadoes in the Class AAA playoffs.
all games at 7:30 p.m.
MONROE at Baldwin
Mount de Sales AT DEERFIELD-WINDSOR
WORTH COUNTY at Peach County
Clinch County At MITCHELL COUNTY
Bacon Co. AT SEMINOLE COUNTY
BAINBRIDGE at Ware County
MILLER COUNTY at Charlton County
CALHOUN COUNTY at Wilcox
Briarwood at TERRELL ACADEMY
Mary Persons AT AMERICUS-SUMTER
Covenant AT WESTWOOD