Here’s a storyline that sounds familiar — the Lee County and Seminole County football teams had little trouble Friday to stay undefeated and stay on top of The Herald Fab 5 Poll.
The No. 1 Trojans and No. 2 Indians have simply dominated teams this season and they did again last weekend with wins in their respective region openers.
Lee County improved to 6-0 with a 26-0 win against Hardaway to clinch back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history. It was also the first shutout Lee posted in more than two years.
“Our defensive coaching staff has done an outstanding job,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said after the victory. “Our kids have played really hard on that side of the ball.”
Of course, the Trojans are also making it look easy on offense with Dynamite Dozen quarterback and Ohio State commit Stephen Collier leading the way. Collier has racked up 1,125 yards and 12 TDs through the air and has ran for 478 yards and 10 TDs so far this season. His favorite target has been JQ Quimbley, who caught two TD passes on Friday and has 23 catches this season for seven scores and 397 yards.
Seminole County (5-0) has been equally impressive on offense, outscoring opponents 174-47 with a dangerous running game led by Robert Speight. The Indians routed Terrell County on Friday, 48-8, and are considered one of the top Class A teams in all of Georgia (No. 1 in the public school power rankings and No. 4 in the Georgia Sportswriters Association poll).
Lee County is off this Friday before a huge game Oct. 18 against powerhouse Thomas County Central, which could ultimately decide the Region 1-AAAAA winner. Seminole doesn’t technically have an off week, but the Indians do play 0-5 Stewart County on Friday in a matchup between teams from both ends of Region 1-A spectrum.
Westover, which remains at No. 3 in the weekly poll, enjoyed its bye week last Friday, soaking in the Sept. 27 win against Cairo for a little while longer. The Patriots will have another chance to notch a Region 1-AAAA victory Friday when Crisp County comes to Hugh Mills Stadium.
Westover (3-2, 2-0 Region 1-AAAA) is tied atop the region standings with Americus-Sumter, which moves up one spot to No. 4 in the Fab 5 Poll after last week’s fourth-ranked team, Bainbridge, fell to 2-3 overall and dropped out of the poll with a loss to Thomas County Central.
After spending three weeks outside of the poll, Crisp County moves back into the Top 5 at the No. 5 spot. The Cougars were off last week, but their two losses were to powerhouses Cairo and Valdosta.
HERALD FAB 5 POLL
1. Lee County (6-0)
The Trojans clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history and will have an extra week to prepare for what is likely their biggest game of the regular season when they travel to TCC next weekend.
Next: at Thomas County Central, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18
2. Seminole County (5-0)
The Indians had little trouble with a Terrell County team that was riding momentum from back-to-back emotional victories, and Seminole will look to continue its best start in more than 10 years against lowly Stewart County.
Next: at Stewart County, 7:30 p.m. Friday
3. Westover (3-2)
The Patriots have had two weeks to recharge their batteries after a Sept. 27 win against Cairo and will look to stay unbeaten in region play against Herald No. 5 Crisp County on Friday.
Next: vs. Crisp County, 7:30 p.m. Friday
4. Americus-Sumter (3-2)
The Panthers have won two straight and three of their last four games and could stay atop the Region 1-AAAA standings with a win against Monroe on Thursday.
Next: at Monroe, 7 p.m. Thursday
5. Crisp County (3-2)
The Cougars are back in the Fab 5 Poll but are still looking for a marquee win this season. That could come Friday against Region 1-AAAA front-runner Westover.
Next: at Westover, 7:30 p.m. Friday