Fab 5 Poll
1. Monroe (0-1)
The Nadas got ambushed in Brooks County and lost on a Hail Mary but stay at No. 1 because they’re still the top team in Southwest Georgia. Next: at Wilcox, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
2. Bainbridge (0-1)
The Bearcats lost their opener to Florida powerhouse East Gadsen, which was a state semifinalist last year, but stay at No. 2 because they‘re still unbeaten in Georgia. Next: vs. Cairo, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
3. Lee County..... (1-0)
Kenneth Hurley ran for 200 yards, and Lee’s explosive offensive put up 42 first-half points in a 49-32 win against Dougherty. Next: vs. Albany 7:30 p.m. Friday.
4. Early County ..(1-0)
This looks like the best team at Early in years, and the Bobcats proved it with a 55-20 rout past Seminole on opening night. Next: at Miller County, 8 p.m. Friday.
5. Westover .........(1-0)
The Patriots move into the poll at No. 5 after knocking off Class AAAAAA Tift County, 33-29, and look formidable with T.J. Cromer at quarterback. Next: vs. Jonesboro, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hugh Mills
NOTE: Poll voted on weekly by Herald sports department. New poll will be released every Tuesday.
ALBANY — OK, why is Monroe still at No. 1?
Simple, the Tornadoes lost a heartbreaker, 21-18, at Brooks County on a Hail Mary pass with seven seconds left. Monroe had stopped Brooks on downs twice during the last drive, and both times personal foul penalties kept the drive alive.
Dynamite Dozen quarterback Charles Stafford opened the season with a 208-yard night and a couple of TD throws, and receiver Kevin Williams had a TD catch and a 96-yard TD kickoff return. Hopefully, coach Charles Truitt can solve his kicking problems, because Monroe looked solid everywhere else on the field. Monroe’s defense gave up just one touchdown until the Hail Mary pass.
No. 2 Bainbridge was off last week, and No. 3 Lee County was impressive in a 49-32 win against Dougherty.
Make that “The new Dougherty.”
Coach Corey Joyner has already instilled a lot of character into his team, and sophomore QB Mike Whatley was unreal in his debut, throwing for 331 yards and four touchdowns and running for 65 yards and a TD. That’s a 396-yard night from Whatley.
Lee’s offense was too much, and Dynamite Dozen tailback Kenneth Hurley, who said he wants to break the rushing record at Lee, opened up his season with a 200-yard night.
Early County moves up from No. 5 to No. 4 in the poll and might just keep moving up. The Bobcats were unstoppable in a 55-20 win against Seminole County in their opener.
Westover moves into the No. 5 spot after its dramatic 33-29 win against Class AAAAAA Tift County in which Westover blocked two punts and came back to win the game when Jay Cunningham blocked a punt and Brenton Wimberly raced 12 yards for the TD with four minutes left.