Monroe stays No. 1; Westover moves into Herald’s Fab 5 Poll

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.


bubbasmithredneck 3 years, 2 months ago

Monroe's record is 0-1 , not 1-0....The herald has made a mistake (above)....


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 2 months ago

Ha Ha Ha. Like every other year in recent memory two of the top 5 Fab teams start the season at "0 - 1". By the end of the year many of them will fall off the list while the private schools in SOWEGA will prove themselves once again and claw their way onto the list despite the inherent anti-private prejudice out there. Oh well. Good luck to everybody.


PeterWeeStraw 3 years, 2 months ago

@Sista_Rudy do you think any of the private schools could beat Monroe or Westover? Do you think any of the private school could beat Tift County? One could argue a private school maybe or could but the competition is just not there to show that they should be equal. The public schools could argue if the privates didn't poach player by giving them scholarship otherwise they would not receive, things would not be as competitive as they are in the private sector.


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 2 months ago

I tried to explain this to all you mindless morons last year. It's not a "Top Five" list as in, number 1 would beat number 2, who would beat number 3 etc etc. It NEVER HAS meant that and it NEVER WILL!! It's a list of the Best In Their Class. Meaning, that you can have a school in GHSA Class A at the Top of the list and a GHSA AAAA school at number 5 on the list. The AAAA school could beat the A school but the A school might win State in Class A while the AAAA school would lose in the first round of the Playoffs but beat out all other AAAA schools in SOWEGA. Also, you could have a GISA school in that mix, using that logic, which is the logic that is used when the list is done. GET IT, MINDLESS MORONS???


PeterWeeStraw 3 years, 2 months ago

@Sister_Ruby so if this was my first time reading your post in this Albany Herald how would this mindless morons understand what your were saying? No matter if you had explain it a thousand times. There is no logic in what you are saying the "Top Five" is supposedly the five best. Certainly an "A" class team could be in there but even if they won the class "A" championship they still might not make the Top Five. I think there is a small consideration given to the class but not much. You generalize a topic that is talking to specifics how powerful a team can be this is all projections not reality unless these teams met on the field then you could see that "NO" private school state championship could compete outside of there little circle. That might be why you will never see that team in the "TOP FIVE" Sista, I would call you something but you are Sista_Rudy. I know I spell in wrong but you are wrong to assume I am a moron like whomever you were referring too. I know you can be better than that has this public venue allowed you to step in a not so graceful way? Who am I not to get what you saying Right? You are the communicator maybe what you are saying has never been clear to someone else and that might be why we are mindless morons because you made us that way reading your logic? Just maybe you don't GET IT...


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 2 months ago

You assume that the "Top Five" is the five best. It isn't, and never has been that. It's that simple. Ask Danny Aller.


tywebb 3 years, 2 months ago

once again I ask......why is bainbridge part of the poll but not cairo, tcc, or thomasville? Is it because tcc and cairo will always have the top 2 spots without giving an albany team a chance at being number 1?


ObjectiveEyes 3 years, 2 months ago

What about Colquitt County? There are closer than Thomasville...


The_Dude 3 years, 2 months ago

I think Bainbridge takes the paper. None of the others mentioned do. Never made much sense.


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