LEESBURG -- The news couldn't have been better at Lee County, where receiver James Terrell was cleared to play for tonight's game at Warner Robins.
Terrell suffered a shoulder injury while blocking on the final drive against Bainbridge last week, and was examined by doctors Monday. The Trojans feared he might be lost for the season with a broken collarbone, by tests showed nothing was broken.
"It's just a shoulder sprain and the doctors cleared him to play,'' Lee County Coach Dean Fabrizio said Wednesday. "We held him out of practice with no contact this week, and we will see how he feels (before the game) and make a decision whether to play him or not. But he has been cleared to play. We anticipate him playing ... It was great news that it was just a sprain.''
Terrell is one of Lee County's biggest offensive threats. He has caught 47 passes for 590 yards and leads the team with 12 touchdowns.
Now that he knows Terrell won't be lost, Fabrizio is concerned about Warner Robins. Lee County clinched a playoff berth with a 28-27 win against Bainbridge last week, its first since 2005 and only its sixth winning season in school history. But the Trojans (7-2 and 4-2 in Region 1-AAAA) have a final game to play before beginning the playoffs next week.
"It's a long trip to play a Thursday night game against a dangerous team,'' Fabrizio said. "The kids are definitely excited, but we have been stressing to them all week that we can't be satisfied with where we are. We have to get better.
"Everyone has been congratulating them about making the playoffs, but we have to be focused on this game and play well so we can go into the playoffs with momentum,'' Fabrizio said. "It's easy to put it on cruise control this time of the season with the late season bumps and bruises. But the teams that do well in the playoffs are the teams that keep improving. We've go to keep getting better.''