Deerfield-Windsor’s Kh’ron McClain reaches out to make a catch in a game earlier this season. McClain and the Knights are having another brilliant season and enter the Herald’s Fab 5 poll this week at No. 5. They have a huge game this Friday against Westfield.
The Fab 5 poll had one of its biggest shakeups this week as two teams fell out of the poll. No. 4 Lee County lost its third game in a row and dropped out of the poll, and Monroe, which entered the poll two weeks ago at No. 5, dropped out after losing a 28-25, heartbreaker to Crisp County.
Deerfield-Windsor, which has been rolling along all year in GISA Region 2-AAA --- where the Knights are 5-0 --- enters the poll at No. 5.
But the Knights face a big test on the road on Friday against Westfield. The Knights are playing 11 games in the regular season because they added a game again Florida powerhouse North Florida Christian. They are 7-1 against Georgia teams, with their only loss in the Peach State coming to Stratford.
Westover, which has been in and out of the poll this year, climbs back in despite a brutal loss to powerhouse Cairo. The Patriots had an impressive 20-6 win against Crisp County two weeks ago and led Cairo, 20-0, before the Syrupmakers staged a dramatic comeback to beat Westover, 28-20, last week.
Westover can prove it belongs back in the poll this Friday with a win in Americus-Sumter against the No. 3 Panthers. The loser of that game will have trouble staying in next week's poll because Mitchell County is playing so well right now and Westwood is about to wrap up another perfect season in GISA Class A, where the Wildcats have won 22 in a row dating back to last year's state title season.
Seminole had a bye and stayed at No. 1. The Indians face their biggest test in weeks when they travel to meet rival Miller County on Friday.
Bainbridge stayed at No. 2 despite a tough loss to Warner Robins, which is 7-1 overall.
NEW HERALD FAB 5 POLL
1. Seminole Co.....(7-1)
We'll see if the bye week helped or slowed down the Indians, who have won seven in a row, and face their biggest rival, Miller County, this week. Next: Friday at Miller, 8 p.m.
2. Bainbridge......................... (6-2)
The Bearcats suffered a tough, last-minute 14-10 loss to Warner Robins, but stay at No. 2 because they still look better than almost every other team in SW Georgia. Next: Friday at Lee County, 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers had a bye week to get ready for their last two games, and they're big ones against Westover and Cairo. Next: Friday vs. Westover, 7:30 p.m.
4. Westover............................ (4-4)
The Patriots climb back into the poll after Lee County and Monroe both lose to drop out. Next: Friday at Americus-Sumter, 7:30 p.m.
5. Deerfield-Windsor .......................(7-2)
The defending Class AAA state champion Knights land in the poll and after rolling up a 7-2 GISA record. Next: Friday at Westfield, 7:30 p.m.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"We had a killer mentality. It was like we were a freight train running over everything in front of us.''
Mitchell County quarterback on the Eagles' offense after he threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns in a wild first half as Mitchell scored 48 points in 24 minutes in a win Saturday against Calhoun County.
DYNAMITE DOZEN DROP-IN
WHO: Quentin Heard, Sr., RB/LB, Deerfield-Windsor
WHY: Heard is a big reason the Knights are 5-0 in the GISA Region 2-AAA race. He led the way again last Friday, gaining 95 yards on just 10 carries and scored a touchdown to help the Knights beat Tiftarea, 42-20, in a key region game.
HERALD HEISMAN WATCH:
(A look at the players who are making a case for Player of the Year):
Ellis Anderson, SR., RB, Worth County: Rushed for 313 yards, including 202 in the first half alone, and scored four touchdowns in a big Region 1-AAA 43-13 win against Dougherty.
Yancey Burns, SR., WR, Mitchell County: Burns, who has become the go-to guy at Mitchell this season, made six receptions for 104 yards and scored three touchdowns -- all in the first half -- to help Mitchell County beat Calhoun County, 48-16.
Tevin Watkins, SR., QB, Mitchell County: Watkins, who has been playing on the defensive line for the past seven weeks, stepped in at quarterback after the starter was a late scratch, and completed 13 of 17 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns -- all in the first half -- to lead Mitchell County to a 48-16 win against Calhoun County, which has been tough on defense all year.
Jacori Taylor JR., QB, Early County: Taylor had his second big game in a row, completing 20 of 33 passes for a career-high 273 yards and three touchdowns in a tough 27-26 loss to state-ranked Cook.
Matt Mears, JR., QB, Lee County: Completed 24 of 56 passes for 291 yards, connecting with five different receivers, and tossed two touchdown passes in a 56-29 loss to Thomas County Central.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Number of wins by Westwood this season. The Wildcats are 9-0 with one regular-season game left, and the defending GISA Class A state champs have now won 22 games in a row.
Number of touchdowns Mitchell County scored in the first half of its 48-16 win against Calhoun County, and six of those were scored in the first 20 minutes of the game.
WEEK 11 AREA SCHEDULE:
(all games 7:30 unless noted)
EARLY COUNTY AT ALBANY HIGH AT HUGH MILLS, 7 p.m.
Fullington at Randolph Southern
WESTOVER AT AMERICUS-SUMTER
MONROE VS. DOUGHERTY AT HUGH MILLS
BAINBRIDGE At LEE COUNTY
DEERFIELD at Westfield
TERRELL ACADEMY AT WESTWOOD
SEMINOLE COUNTY AT MILLER COUNTY, 8 p.m.
TERRELL COUNTY at Stewart
Flint River at SGA
CALHOUN COUNTY AT RANDOLPH-CLAY
SOUTHLAND at Bethesda Day
PELHAM AT MITCHELL COUNTY