Herald Fab 5
1. Lee County (6-0)
The Trojans make the move to No. 1 after rushing for 501 yards in a 36-21 Region 1-AAAAA win against Hardaway and now have a bye week before playing TCC.
Next: vs. TCC, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19.
2. Bainbridge (3-2)
The Bearcats slip from No. 1 after an overtime loss to TCC, and the showdown between Lee and Bainbridge on the final night of the season looks bigger and bigger.
Next: at Harris County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.
3. Americus-Sumter (4-1)
The Panthers, like everyone else in Region 1-AAAA, had a bye week but face one of the biggest games of the year when former No. 1 Monroe comes to Americus on Friday.
Next: vs. Monroe, 7:30 p.m., Friday.
4. Early County (4-2)
The Bobcats bounced back from losing to Brooks, the No. 2 AA team, and crushed Berrien, 43-19, last week.
Next: vs. Thomasville, 8 p.m., Friday.
5. Westover (2-3)
The Patriots had a bye week to recover from a 31-7 loss to Cairo and play three of their next four games on the road.
Next: at Crisp County, 8 p.m., Friday.
Quote of the week
“It’s great to be the first. It’s great for the school. It’s great for the community, but this is not the last people are going to hear from Lee County. We’re going up from here.”
Lee County quarterback on the Trojans’ 36-21 victory against Hardaway, making Collier and his teammates the first team in Lee County history to start a season 6-0
Herald Heisman watch
The Top 5 performers from Week 7 who are already making a case for Player of the Year.
-- Will Warren, RB, SGA: Rushed for 293 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Southwest Georgia Academy past Terrell Academy, 28-21, in a key GISA Region 3-AA game.
-- Ladonis Bryant, RB, Early County: Rushed for 180 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and also made two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in 43-19 win against Berrien.
-- Stephen Collier, QB, Lee County: Rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown and also completed 7-of-14 passes and a touchdown in Lee County’s 36-21 victory against Hardaway.
-- Jakhari Martin, QB, Seminole: Rushed for 111 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns in Seminole’s 27-6 win against Terrell County.
-- Bakarie McDuffie, RB, Baconton-Charter: Rushed for 157 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also had a kickoff return for 40 yards and returned an interception 35 yards.
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Monroe at Americus-Sumter, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
By the numbers
381 -- The number of yards Lee County rushed for in the second half of the Trojans’ 36-21 win against Hardaway on Friday. The Trojans rushed for 501 yards in the entire game.
0 -- The number of points Calhoun County has scored in its past two games. The Cougars opened up Region 1-A play Sept. 28 with a 24-0 loss to Terrell County and then were shutout Friday vs. Miller County, which scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to win, 22-0.
A look at the highlighted Herald Dynamite Dozen player of the week:
WHO: Kenneth Hurley, Lee County, Sr., RB.
WHY: Rushed for 242 yards, including 237 in the second half, and scored two touchdowns in Lee County’s 36-21 win vs. Hardaway on Friday.
Week 8 schedule
Brookwood at SGA
Randolph Southern at Robert Toombs
Pelham at Cook
Worth County at Cairo
Valwood at Terrell Academy
Deerfield at Bulloch Academy
Sherwood at Westwood
Monroe at Americus-Sumter
Southland at Westfield
Crisp Academy at Fullington
Bainbridge at Harris County
Mitchell County at Terrell County
Stewart County at Seminole County
Miller County at Randolph-Clay
Dougherty vs. Albany at Hugh Mills
Baconton Charter at St. Francis
Westover at Crisp County, 8 p.m.