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Bainbridge stays No. 1; A-S jumps to No. 3 in Fab 5 Poll

Americus-Sumter’s 40-14 victory against Worth County helps the Panthers jump past Early County, which lost to Class AA powerhouse Brooks County, in the Herald’s Fab 5 Poll.

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DYNAMITE DOZEN PROFILE NO. 4: Kh'Ron McClain, Deerfield-Windsor

For Deerfield-Windsor electric tailback Kh’Ron McClain, it was more than just coming back home when he returned to Albany from Atlanta last year, it was coming back to friends and a life he cherished in Southwest Georgia and back to a football team he now wants to lead for one final run.

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Bainbridge new No. 1 in Herald Fab 5 Poll

Westover’s upset victory vs. former No. 1 Monroe drops the Tornadoes completely out of the Fab 5 Poll, lifts Bainbridge to the top and allows the Patriots to move into the No. 5 spot.

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Down goes No. 1: Westover upsets Herald top-ranked Monroe

Westover jumps out to a 14-0 lead and then hangs on, 17-14, to stun Herald No. 1 and city rival Monroe on Saturday night at Hugh Mills Stadium as the Patriots begin 1-0 in the Region 1-AAAA race.

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Running away

Herald No. 5 Americus-Sumter scores early and often Friday night against Albany as the Panthers take advantage of the Indians missing starting QB Emmanul Byrd and roll to a 43-0 win.

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PREVIEW: Albany city title series kicks off tonight with Nadas-Pats

The winner of tonight’s 1-AAAA opener between rivals Monroe and Westover will be in the driver’s seat for the city and region championship.

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Season to remember

Dougherty’s softball team, which has dedicated the season to coach Essance Satterfield — who died in a fatal car accident in December — is having the best year on the diamond in the school’s history.

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Monroe edges Fitzgerald in OT

Herald No. 1 Monroe stops Fitzgerald on downs to win 35-28 in overtime on Saturday night.

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Lee County’s sweep of Albany teams nothing new to Trojans

Lee County went 3-for-3 this season against teams from Albany, but the Trojans were even better in 1999 when they beat all four city schools. (ADDS: Items on Southland and Early County)

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Lee County tops Westover, finishes city of Albany gauntlet a perfect 3-0

For the first time in years, Lee County plays a host of the Albany city schools and emerges unbeaten at 3-0 after toppling Dougherty in Week 2, Albany in Week 3 and now Westover in Week 4 on Friday night.

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Cat fight!

The Game of the Week features the No. 4 Bobcats hosting the No. 2 Bearcats tonight in Blakely for the season’s first Herald Fab 5 showdown.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Big games on tap for Week 4

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips picks this week's prep football winners.

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Fab 5 intact after top teams hang tough in Week 3

No. 1 Monroe rebounds from a heartbreaking loss in its opener to beat up on Class A power Wilcox County, while No. 2 Bainbridge edges another state power in Cairo — its biggest rival — and No. 3 Lee County and No. 4 Early County both roll, leaving Westover as the only Top 5 team to lose last week. (ADDS: breakout of latest Fab 5 Poll)

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bainbridge, other area teams gear up for big Week 3 tests

Bainbridge meets Cairo in a huge rivalry game Friday, while Monroe and Westover face big tests this week and Mitchell gets ready for its cross-county rival Pelham.

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Westover tackles Tift County on blocked punt in ’12 opener

Jay Cunningham blocks a punt with four minutes left and Brenton Wimberly scores to lift Westover past Tift County, 33-29, Saturday night.

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Herald No. 1 Monroe still in shock after losing 2012 opener on Hail Mary; strange calls mar Trojan Bowl

The Tornadoes narrowly missing upsetting state power Brooks on the road Friday after losing a heartbreaker. (ADDS: Bizarre calls in Dougherty-Lee County game; Lee's two-headed quarterback machine; Sherwood's victory; Calhoun County's running game; Early County's Ladonis Bryant.

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Highlight factory

Lee County running back T.J. Hurley and Dougherty quarterback Mike Whatley put on a show Friday night in the Trojan Bowl at Hugh Mills as the Trojans from Leesburg prevail over the Trojans from Albany, 49-32.

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Prime target

After finishing strong in 2011, Monroe brings back 15 starters, including reigning Region 1-AAA Player of the Year, QB Charles Stafford, and is planning on having one of the best teams in the school’s history.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: You gotta believe in Westwood

Herald high school beat writer Mike Phillips kicks off the season with his first high school prediction column of 2012 with a closer look at Westwood’s 27-game unbeaten streak that will be put on the line tonight against a much bigger, faster Stratford Academy program --- last year’s AAA state runner-up.

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2012 ALBANY HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN

Check out The Herald’s highly anticipated annual Dynamite Dozen list of who — in our eyes — are the Top 12 players heading into the 2012 season.

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Monroe debuts at No. 1 in Herald’s first Fab 5 Poll

With loads of returning talent — including three Dynamite Dozen selections — Monroe begins the 2012 season as The Herald’s top team. (ADDS: note on Monroe, Seminole County and Early County all getting votes in latest AP Top 10 state poll)

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KICKOFF 2012: All eyes on Albany

The Indians not only make a big jump up in classification this season, but they return several key players with major-college potential on offense and defense who are ready to take their new region by storm.

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KICKOFF 2012: Seminole loses stars, keeps expectations high

The Indians don’t have any doubts they can repeat as Region 1-A champs, despite losing such stars as Herald Player of the Year Chris Brown.

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So much at stake

Westwood, the two-time defending GISA Class A state champ, begins another shot at perfection in tonight’s season opener with a 26-0, two-year winning streak on the line — but then again, its opponent Piedmont Academy does, too.

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