HERALD FAB 5 POLL:
1. Lee County (6-1)
The Trojans stay atop the poll after almost knocking off Thomas County Central, one of the best teams in Georgia. Next: at Harris County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.
2. Westover (4-3)
The Patriots are sky-high after their 16-14 win against Americus-Sumter on a last-second TD catch from Jackie Childs and can now win the region title with some help. Next: vs. Dougherty, 7:30 p.m., Friday.
3. Monroe (5-2)
The Tornadoes put up 56 points against Dougherty — the most since Charles Truitt has been coaching there — and are a week away from their showdown against Cairo. Next: at Crisp County, 8 p.m., Friday.
4. Bainbridge (4-3)
The Bearcats won a close one against Hardaway, 24-19, this past Friday and now need to win one of their last two region games to secure their spot in the playoffs. Next: at Northside Columbus, 7:30 p.m., Friday
5. Early County (5-2)
Early County beat Thomasville, 17-14, on a last-second FG, and that win may be what puts the Bobcats in the playoffs. Next: at Fitzgerald, 7:30 p.m., Friday.
-- Teams eligible for poll: Albany, Monroe, Dougherty, Westover, Sherwood Christian, Deerfield-Windsor, Terrell County, Terrell Academy, Pelham, Westwood, Mitchell County, Miller County, Bainbridge, Seminole County, Early County, Randolph-Clay, Randolph Southern, Southwest Georgia Academy, Southland, Americus-Sumter, Lee County, Worth County, Calhoun County, Baconton Charter, Crisp County and Crisp Academy.
-- Poll voted on by Herald sports staff; new poll released every Tuesday
HERALD HEISMAN WATCH:
The Top 5 performers from Week 9 who are making a case for Player of the Year.
KEVIN WILLIAMS, WR, MONROE: Ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns for a total of 162 yards in returns, had three receptions and went 4-for4 on extra point kicks.
JACKIE CHILDS, WR, WESTOVER: Had five catches worth 91 yards, including a one-handed TD catch and the game-winning catch with 19 seconds left that beat Americus-Sumter, 16-14.
MATTHEW FOX, DT, DEERFIELD: Had school-record four sacks worth 40 yards and made 10 tackles to lead the Knights to a 28-7 win against region rival and previously unbeaten Westfield.
STEPHEN COLLIER, QB, LEE COUNTY: Completed 16 of 30 passes for 250 yards and two TDs and rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns in 41-35 loss to TCC.
MATT KENDRICK, RB, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN: Rushed for 252 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs to lead the Patriots to their first region win, a 40-12 victory against Fullington.
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Pinewood at Deerfield, 7:30 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Number of negative yards DWS junior DT Matthew Fox racked up on four sacks, which tied a school record for one game in a win vs. Westfield. Fox also set the career-record for sacks at DWS with 21.
'3 or 4':
According to the Bobcats’ stat man, the number of years it had been since Early County had even attempted a field goal before Brandon Carter’s 25-yard FG with 51.1 seconds left beat Thomasville, 17-14.
A look at the highlighted Herald Dynamite Dozen player of the week:
WHO: Kh’Ron McClain, Deerfield, Sr., RB
WHY: Rushed for 139 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns, including one on a 38-yard fumble return. He also had an interception and a sack in DWS’ 28-7 win against Westfield.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“That was divine intervention. I’m overcome with emotions right now.”
--- Octavia Jones,
Westover head football coach moments after he watched Jackie Childs catch a 34-yard TD pass from T.J. Cromer on fourth-and-long last Friday with 19 seconds left in the game that lifted the Patriots past Americus-Sumter, 16-14, and kept Westover’s region title hopes alive
WEEK 10 AREA SCHEDULE:
Worth County at Albany at Hugh Mills Stadium, 7 p.m.
Early County at Fitzgerald
Seminole County at Randolph-Clay
Calhoun County at Mitchell County
Berrien at Pelham
Terrell Academy at Sherwood
Pinewood Christian at Deerfield
Cairo at Americus-Sumter
Tiftarea at Southland
Monroe at Crisp County, 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian at Crisp Academy
Bainbridge at Northside, Columbus
Westwood at SGA
Stewart County at Miller County, 8 p.m.
Lee County at Harris County
Dougherty vs. Westover at Hugh Mills Stadium
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