FAB 5 POLL: Lee No. 1 ahead of Seminole, Pelham

The most dangerous place in the Herald Fab 5 Poll the past two weeks has been in the No. 2 hole, where Albany High and Westover sat heading into matchups with No. 1 Lee County.

The top-ranked Trojans sent both Dougherty County schools sliding down the poll with a pair of convincing wins, which keeps Lee County at No. 1 for the third straight week. Lee County’s latest victim was Westover on Friday when the Trojans cruised to a 24-6 win, dropping the Patriots to the No. 5 spot.

“Westover has a heck of a football team, and that was a hard-fought game,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said after Friday’s 1-2 matchup. “We couldn’t get them put away until the end of the game.”

With last week’s No. 2 Westover, No. 3 Monroe and No. 4 Crisp County all losing, Lee County is the only team that remained in the same spot from the previous poll. The new No. 2 is Seminole County, which moved up three spots after a 21-14 win against Clinch County. The Indians are 3-0 and off to their best start since head coach Alan Ingram took over the program a decade ago, but they will have their first big test of the season Friday when they travel to Pelham, which was unranked last week but debuts at No. 3 in the Fab 5 Poll this week.

Pelham is also 3-0 and has tripled its win total from all of last season when the Hornets went 1-9 and ended the year on a nine-game losing streak. The Hornets haven’t just been winning games this season, they have been blowing teams away. Through three games they have outscored their opponents, 137-28, and are coming off a 45-14 win against Miller County.

Bainbridge returns to the poll in the No. 4 position after a one-week absence with a 26-0 win against Early County, while Westover — which hung around against Lee County until midway through the fourth quarter — comes in at No. 5.

Herald Fab 5 Poll

1. Lee County (3-0)

The Trojans have outscored opponents 121-24 in their first three games and have defeated a Herald No. 2 team in back-to-back weeks. Any questions about why Lee remains No. 1? There shouldn’t be.

Next: vs. Morrow, 7:30 p.m. Friday

2. Seminole County (3-0)

The state-ranked Indians are off to their best start in over a decade and have flown under the radar for the beginning of the season. We get to see what they are made of Friday with a matchup against No. 3 Pelham.

Next: at Pelham, 7:30 p.m. Friday

3. Pelham (3-0)

The Hornets have outscored opponents 137-28 through three games and have tripled their win total from all of last season, but their biggest test comes Friday against undefeated Seminole County.

Next: vs. Seminole County, 7:30 p.m. Friday

4. Bainbridge (2-1)

The Bearcats again showed why they have the best defense in Southwest Georgia with a 26-0 win against Early County, which was their second shutout this season. And for the first time, their offense started to shine, too.

Next: at Westlake, 8 p.m. Friday

5. Westover (1-2)

The Patriots drop three spots to No. 5 after a 24-6 loss to Lee County, but they put up a fight against the Trojans and remained within two scores until midway through the fourth quarter.

Next: vs. Monroe, 7 p.m. Saturday