Monroe running back and Dynamite Dozen selection Devine Noel is brought down by two Albany High defenders in Saturday's thrilling, 14-13 game, which Albany High, won, knocking Monroe out of the Fab 5 poll.
ALBANY -- The Fab 5 poll saw teams bouncing all over the place this week as No. 2 Westover, which had beaten two Fab 5 teams in two weeks, lost, 23-20, in triple overtime to Bainbridge. The Patriots fell to No. 4 in the poll as Bainbridge moved up from No. 4 to No. 3.
Seminole County has moved every week, and Indians took another leap from No. 3 to No. 2 after hammering Early County, 33-13. Early had played Bainbridge close, losing just 16-12 on opening night.
Early doesn't get a break. The Bobcats face Westover this week.
Seminole lost its only game on opening night when the Indians played short-handed and fell to state-ranked Wesleyan, 43-40. No one has been able to slow down Seminole's offense since, and it may be difficult to keep Seminole out of the No. 1 spot in the poll before long.
Lee County kept rolling to stay at No. 1 with a 42-6 win against Terrell County and -- just like Bainbridge -- has a bye week before opening play in the brutal Region 1-AAAA race.
The most dramatic game of the week also sent ripples through the poll --- as well as the city title race --- when Albany held on to beat Monroe, 14-13, in a controversial thriller. Monroe felt Terverious Hudson was in the end zone on the final play of the game, but officials marked the ball at the six-inch line as time expired.
The win moved the Indians back into the No. 5 spot in the poll, replacing Monroe, which had just taken over that spot after Week 2.
NEW Herald Fab 5 Poll:
1. Lee County (3-0)
They're 3-0 and averaging 44 points a game against their non-region schedule. Next: Sept. 24 at Northside Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
2. Seminole County....... (2-1)
The Indians look unstoppable on offense after scoring 33 points on a stingy Early County team that held Bainbridge and Miller County to only one TD each in its first two games. Next: Friday at Calhoun County, 7:30 p.m.
3. Bainbridge......................... (3-0)
The Bearcats, who had a lot of questions in August, look like a playoff team. Next: Sept. 24 at Northside Warner Robins, 2 p.m.
It took three overtimes and one of the best kickers in SW Ga. to beat the Patriots, who came back all night before falling to Bainbridge, 23-20. Next: Friday at Early County, 7:30 p.m.
5. Albany High (2-1)
The Indians survived, 14-13, to replace Monroe at No. 5. Next: Thursday vs. Randolph-Clay at Hugh Mills, 7 p.m.
Quote of the week
"It's like Novocaine, eventually it's going to work.''
Westover head coach Octavia Jones,
on facing Bainbridge's veer offense, which he said could break a long play sooner or later. Bainbridge beat Westover 23-20 in triple OT, and got to OT with two long runs in a 14-14 tie at the end of regulation.
Dynamite Dozen drop-in:
A look at the highlighted Herald Dynamite Dozen player of the week:
WHO: Chris Brown, Sr., RB, Seminole County
STATS: Brown finally got some carries and gained 133 yards and scored four touchdowns in Seminole's 33-13 win against Early County, which had allowed a total of 34 yards of offense a week earlier against Miller County.
Herald Heisman watch:
The Top 5 performers from last Friday who are making an early case for Player of the Year:
Terry Lewis, rb, Bainbridge: rushed for 255 yards on 32 carries and scored two touchdowns in Bainbridge's, 23-20, triple overtime win against Westover.
Josh Cabrera, wr, Lee County: made nine receptions for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns to help Lee County beat Terrell County, 42-6.
Chris Brown, rb, Seminole County: rushed for 133 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns to help Seminole County beat Early County, 33-13. Brown had carried the ball only 11 times in the first two games for 161 yards, and now has 304 yards in three games on only 37 carries.
Charles Stafford, qb, Monroe: completed 17 of 36 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and led a last minute drive, taking the Tornadoes from the 50-yard line to within 6 inches of the goal line in the final 1:06 in a heartbreaking and controversial, 14-13, loss to Albany High.
Don Bolden, rb, Randolph-Clay: rushed for 255 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdown's to help Randolph-Clay beat Baconton Charter, 54-7.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Number of field goals Bainbridge's Daniel Provence has kicked this season so far, including a 23-yard triple OT winner against Westover this past Friday
Number of points GISA Class A Westwood is averaging so far this year. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 147-35, and all three wins were against bigger classification schools.
Week 4 area schedule
All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Randolph-Clay at Albany High at Hugh Mills, 7 p.m.
Terrell County at Spencer in Columbus
Brooks County AT MONROE
Dougherty at Wilkinson County
WESTOVER AT EARLY COUNTY
Bulloch AT DEERFIELD
SEMINOLE AT CALHOUN COUNTY
TERRELL COUNTY AT MILLER COUNTY
WESTWOOD at Flint River
PELHAM at Stewart County
Tift County AT WORTH County
SHERWOOD at Bethesda
BACONTON at Georgia Mililtary
Valwood AT RANDOLPH SOUTHern.
AMERICUS-SUMTER at Houston Co.
Trinity Chris. at SOUTHLAND