LEESBURG -- Everything went according to plan for Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio, while Baconton Charter coach Glenn Palmer knew what was headed his team's way, but left reasonably happy anyway.
Class AAAA Lee County scored on its first three possessions of the first quarter and played backups for the remaining three quarters as the Trojans opened their season by rolling to a 49-8 win of 1A Baconton on Friday night.
Three Lee County quarterbacks combined to complete 21 of 28 passes for 370 yards and five touchdowns -- all to different receivers -- as the Trojans unleashed an offensive explosion that Baconton could not defend.
"We did everything we wanted to (Friday night)," Fabrizio said. "Everybody got to play and we had a lot of backups gain some valuable playing time. We set the tone of the game by scoring on our first three possessions of the first quarter while our defense gave them nothing. But we also understand that this is only their (Baconton) second game ever, so we're not going to make too much of this one."
Palmer, whose team is playing its first varsity season, also put the loss into perspective.
"I think it is important for us to play good competition early," Palmer said after his team absorbed a second straight thumping -- the Blazers lost their opener, 50-14, to Pelham last week. "Games like this will help get us ready for region games down the road. Our guys didn't quit, and I am telling them that perseverance, just keep trying, and we'll get to where we want to go."
Lee starter Justin Walker played in just three possessions of the first quarter, leading the Trojans on scoring drives of 60, 50 and 40 yards. The senior tossed scoring strikes of 21 yards to T.J. Thomas, one yard to James Terrell and 40 to Sanford Seay as Lee roared to a 21-0 lead at the end of the period.
Walker sat the rest of the night after going five-for-five for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
The Trojans stalled in the second quarter, and took that lead into halftime.
Backup sophomore quarterback Matt Mears, who played the second and third quarters, tossed touchdown passes of 10 yards each to Drew Carr and to Andrew Stroud in the third quarter and finished the night hitting 11 of 15 attempts for 156 yards and the two touchdowns.
The Blazers, however, sandwiched a touchdown in between the Lee scores when James Davis hit Ben Willis with a 16-yard touchdown pass and Davis carried in for the 2-point conversion to make it 35-8 heading into the fourth quarter.
Mears gave way to sophomore Gavin Lee in the fourth quarter. Lee did not throw a touchdown pass, but did complete five of eight attempts for 108 yards.
Sophomore running back Brandon McClane did all the damage for the Trojans, scoring on touchdown runs of one and two yards for the final 49-8 score.
Baconton ran just seven plays in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans (1-0) will entertain Crawford County next Friday night, while Baconton visits Bacon County.
***NOTE: Fabrizio said that Lee County running back Denzel Eckles was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after taking a hit and coughing up blood on the sidelines. Eckles had just one carry in the first quarter, running for 12 yards.