Eraly County linebacker Jawanis Horn helped lead the defense in a 21-19 win against Westover, which moved Early County into the Fab 5 poll for the first time this season.
ALBANY -- Lee County and Bainbridge had byes and stay at No. 1 and No. 3 in the Fab 5 poll, and Seminole County made its point against Calhoun County, turning a 6-0 halftime lead into a 33-0 win to solidify its spot at No. 2.
Lee County and Bainbridge both open their Region 1-AAAA seasons this week on the road as Lee travels to Columbus to face Northside, and Bainbridge meets one of the top programs in the state on Saturday afternoon at Northside, Warner Robins.
Seminole will have a big test this week when the Indians travel to Daleville, Ala. The two teams got into a skirmish on the field last year and the GHSA suspended just about every Seminole player, which meant Seminole had to forfeit its next game. That game was against Mitchell County and ended up deciding the Region 1-A title.
Early County held on to beat Westover, 21-19, in a controversial game that left the Westover coaches screaming on the sidelines because they felt the Early punter was down at the Early 20 with 5:22 left. Instead, a roughing the kicker penalty was called, and Early hung onto the ball and the game. That win put Early in the Fab 5 poll and knocked Westover out of the poll.
Early plays Thomasville Friday, and Westover meets city rival Dougherty on Saturday.
Albany High moves up from No. 5 to No. 4 this week after an impressive 41-0 victory against Randolph-Clay.
The Indians won't have time to celebrate. They open Region 1-AA play against state-power Fitzgerald on Thursday.
Herald Fab 5
- Lee County (3-0)
The Trojans are back from a bye week to open Region 1-AAAA play this week after an incredible non-region run. Next: Saturday at Northside Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
- Seminole County....... (3-1)
The offense has been unstoppable, but the Indians' defense has allowed just 13 points in the last two games. Next: Friday at Daleville, Ala. , 7:30 p.m.
- Bainbridge......................... (3-0)
The Bearcats face the biggest test of the season this week and can get the attention of the entire state with a win against state-ranked Northside: Next: Saturday at Northside Warner Robins, 2 p.m.
- Albany High........................(3-1)
The Indians are 3-1 for the first time since 1997, but face their biggest foe this week in state-ranked Fitzgerald: Next: Thursday vs. Fitzgerald, 7 p.m.
- Early County High (2-2)
The Bobcats arrive at No. 5 after beating Westover, 21-19: Next: Friday at Thomasville, 7:30 p.m.
Quote of the week
"It's something I'm not accustomed to, but it's something I can get used to.''
Albany High coach Felton Williams
on Albany's 3-1 start, the best since 1997.
A look at the highlighted Herald Dynamite Dozen player of the week:
WHO: Quentin Heard, Sr., RB, Deerfield-Windsor
WHY: Heard rushed for 180 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown, and he also had two receptions for 48 yards to help Deerfield beat Bulloch, 27-6.
Herald Heisman watch
Dontrevious Bolden, rb, Randolph-Clay: rushed for 193 yards on 29 carries in a tough, 41-0, loss to Albany High, which stopped R-C inside the 20-yard line three times.
Quentin Heard, rb, Deerfield-Windsor: rushed for 180 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for 48 yards, and scored a touchdown to help DWS beat Bulloch, 27-6.
Quentin Sapp, rb, Albany High: rushed for 123 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns to help Albany High beat Randolph-Clay, 41-0. Sapp, a freshman, scored the first touchdown of his career in the game.
Ladonis Bryant, rb, Early County: rushed for 114 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown, and also ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a TD to help Early County beat Westover, 21-19.
Jay Cunningham, db, Westover: intercepted a pass and ran it back for a 13-yard touchdown, and also blocked a punt to give Westover the ball at the Early 5-yard line, which set up Westover's first TD of the night. He also made several tackles in Westover's 21-19 loss to Early County.
Number of interceptions Friday for Albany High's Andrico Carter, including a 75-yard TD return. He's had three picks in the last two games and four for the season.
Number of PATs Albany High's Calvin Jackson made against Randolph-Clay. Jackson had never kicked before.
Fitzgerald At Albany at Hugh Mills, 7 p.m.
Cairo AT MONROE
Deerfield at Brentwood
Terrell at Miller
PELHAM AT RAND-CLAY
Stewart AT MITCHELL Co.
SEMINOLE at Daleville, Ala.
Fullington AT Westwood
EARLY at Thomasville
AMER-SUMTER AT WORTH
SHERWOOD at Trinity Chris.
SOUTHLAND at Tiftarea.
RAND-SOUTH at Windsor
Lee County at Northside, Col.
Bainbridge at Northside, Warner Robins, 2 p.m.
DOUGHERTY AT WESTOVER, 7 p.m