Lee County thought this was the year it had a chance against Thomas County Central.
The Yellow Jackets had other ideas Friday night, as they pummelled the Trojans 45-14 for the 21st win in 22 meetings. Central, ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA, forced six turnovers and scored five times off those miscues against the No. 8 Lee County.
“We took a lot of pride in it after coach was saying how they were in the newspaper talking about that this year they were coming out alive,” Central senior Malcolm McClenton said. “We wanted to let them know that this is our home and we are going to stop anybody that comes into our house.”
Added Central coach Bill Shaver, who won his 50th game: “Our defense played great the entire game. They got a couple drives on us, but with all the turnovers they created.
“Kudos to the defense all game.”
The Yellow Jackets (7-1, 3-0 in Region 1-AAAAA) set the tone early. On the game’s third play, Lee quarterback Stephen Collier fumbled and the Jackets recovered at the Trojan 28.
Central, though, was unable to fully make the Trojans pay and had to settle for a Gavin Wilson 47-yard field goal.
But the next Lee County mistake was capitalized on fully as McClenton picked off a Collier pass and returned it 18 yards for a score as Central led 10-0 barely three minutes into the game.
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