The final Herald Fab 5 Poll looks a lot like last week’s.
It’s only fitting that Lee County remains the top team in the final poll of the season after whipping Bainbridge, then claiming the Region 1-AAAAA title after Harris County upset Thomas County Central.
The Trojans are the first team since the poll began in 2007 to hold the top spot from wire-to-wire.
The final Nos. 2-5 are the same with Seminole County, Westover, Mitchell County and Monroe respectively holding strong. Three of the five teams open postseason play this week.
Harris County’s upset of TCC gave Lee County, Harris County and TCC each 4-1 region records. However, Lee won the tie-breaker, earned the region championship and will play host to Effingham County this Friday in Leesburg. The Trojans routed Harris County, Northside-Columbus and Bainbridge by a combined 137-21 in their final three games.
Lee entered the game with a chance to be the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAA. However, the region championship was more than they expected.
“Coach told us that either we win and play at home (in the playoffs) or we lose and play three hours away,” Lee County’s Kirven Davis, Jr. said. “There’s nothing like playing at home in front of our fans.”
The Trojans (9-1) will play host to Effingham County in the first round on Friday.
No. 2 Seminole County (10-0) completed its first unbeaten regular season since 1973 with an 18-12 victory over No. 4 Mitchell County. The Class A public school power rankings will be released today, and the Indians have a strong chance of being the top team and the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs that begin on Nov. 22 for Class A schools.
Now that Seminole has the Region 1-A title and an unbeaten regular season secured, they have their sights set on a higher goal – the state championship game in Atlanta.
“To the Dome,” Seminole sophomore quarterback Alex Fudge predicted. “That’s where we’re gonna end up.”
It has been a special season for the Westover Patriots as well. They wrapped up the Region 1-AAAA title last week, then claimed the city championship Saturday night with a 37-14 rout of Albany High.
“That’s what we play for – city championship first, region champions, then state champions,” Westover coach Octavia Jones said. “Our guys did a great job.”
The Patriots (8-2), who have won seven straight, will play host to Liberty County on Friday night at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Mitchell County (6-4) remained at No. 4 despite falling to Seminole County. The Eagles saw their five-game winning streak end. However, they stood toe-to-toe with the Region 1-A champions.
Mitchell isn’t officially in the postseason yet as the Eagles will have to be one of the top 16 teams in the Class A power rankings.
“I thought our boys played extremely tough (Friday),” Mitchell coach Larry Cornelius said. “Offensively we dropped a few balls. Defensively, we missed a few tackles. But I’m extremely proud of our effort.”
Monroe built a big lead against Worth County, then held on for a wild 34-33 victory over the Rams, giving the Tornadoes some positive momentum heading into the state playoffs. Monroe (6-4) will play at Wayne County in Jesup on Friday.
Herald Fab 5 Poll
1. Lee County (9-1) – The Trojans end the regular-season on an impressive three-game winning streak. The Region 1-AAAAA champions have bigger things to accomplish. That starts this week in the playoffs.
Next: vs. Effingham County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
2. Seminole County (10-0) – The Indians, like all Class A playoff teams, are off this week. They will be at home in the first round of the postseason on Nov. 22. The Region 1-A champions could be the top overall Class A public school seed.
Next: vs. TBA, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
3. Westover (8-2) – All the Patriots’ regular-season goals are in hand – Region 1-AAAA championship and the city championship. The real season begins Friday night as the playoffs begin.
Next: vs. Liberty County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
4. Mitchell County (6-4) – The Eagles will know today if they are in the Class A public school playoffs based on the GHSA power rankings. According to the Eagles’ resume, they should.
5. Monroe (6-4) - The Tornadoes go on the road for the third straight week. The road trip is significantly longer though as Wayne County will be waiting.
Next: at Wayne County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.