1. Monroe (2-1)

The Tornadoes beat AA state-ranked Fitzgerald, 35-28, and after playing three state-ranked teams, Monroe is a Hail Mary loss against Brooks County away from being unbeaten. Next: vs. Westover, 7 p.m. Saturday at Hugh Mills.

2. Bainbridge (2-1)

Daniel Provence kicked a pair of extra points, and the defense stopped No. 4 Early County on a two-point conversion in the final seconds to win the Fab 5 showdown, 14-12, last week. Next: vs. Westlake, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

3. Lee County (3-0)

The Trojans, the only unbeaten team in the poll, rallied to beat Westover, 42-28, to sweep the three Albany schools on its schedule, scoring 143 points in three games. Next: vs. Morrow, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

4. Early County (2-1)

The Bobcats aren’t penalized after losing, 14-12, to No. 2 Bainbridge, which hasn’t lost to anyone in Georgia. Next: At Calhoun County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

5. Americus-Sumter (2-1)

The Panthers replace Westover (1-2) at No. 5 after an impressive 34-18 win against Macon County. Next: vs. Albany High, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Hugh Mills.

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 4 who are already making an early case for Player of the Year.

Kenneth Hurley, RB, Lee County: Rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and caught seven passes for 91 yards in 42-28 win against Westover. Hurley has now rushed for 398 yards in three games.

Dustin Shattles, RB, Southland: Rushed for 276 yards on 26 carries (10.61 yards per carry) and scored twice in 47-25 win against Sherwood.

Jerkerious Scott, QB, Terrell County: Rushed for 160 yards, threw for 133 yards and also made five tackles in 48-0 win against Central Talbotton.

Thomas Aiken, RB, Seminole County: Rushed for 129 yards on nine carries (14.33 yards per carry) and scored both touchdowns in 13-12 loss to Clinch County.

Jatori Jones, RB, Terrell County: Rushed for 129 yards on nine carries (14.33 yards per carry) and ran for three TDs, as well as ran back a punt 45 yards in the Greenwave’s 48-0 win against Central Talbotton.


Americus-Sumter at Albany, Friday, 7:30 p.m.



Number of total rushing yards Southland Academy racked up in its 47-25 win against Sherwood this past Friday, despite falling behind early, 13-0.


Number of total yards Randolph Southern’s defense allowed in its 54-15 win against John Hancock this past Friday.

Dynamite Drop-in

A look at the highlighted Herald Dynamite Dozen player of the week:

WHO: Kh’Ron McClain, Deerfield, Sr., RB.

WHY: Rushed for 176 yards and ran for two touchdowns, and also caught a 5-yard pass for a score in 45-27 win against rival Stratford this past Friday, avenging last year’s state playoff loss.


“I remember them putting 372 yards of rushing on us (last season), and that motivated us. That’s not what we do. Deerfield doesn’t do that. We had to make a statement.”

KE’Marvin Pitts,

DWS running back after DWS got revenge in a 45-27 win against Stratford, which beat the Knights twice last year



Sherwood at Windsor Academy

St. Anne-Pacelli at Baconton Charter


SGA at Westfield

Early County at Calhoun County

Randolph Southern at Griffin Christian

Randolph-Clay at Stewart County

Pelham at Seminole County

Dougherty at Worth County

Deerfield at Tattnall Square

Americus-Sumter at Albany

Southland at Terrell Academy

Cairo at Crisp County, 8 p.m.

Westlake at Bainbridge

Schley County at Terrell County

Marion County at Miller County, 8 p.m.

Morrow at Lee County

Brooks County at Mitchell County


Westover vs. Monroe at Hugh Mills Stadium, 7 p.m.

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