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THURSDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL: Lee County loses finale on road, despite 591 passing yards from QB Walker

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

WARNER ROBINS -- Lee County was shocked, stunned and beaten, 48-35, on Thursday night against a Warner Robins team that had won just one game all season.

The Trojans (7-3 and 4-3 n Region 1-AAAA) might have been looking ahead to next week's playoffs because they fell behind early and never fully recovered.

"We were down, 21-0, five minutes into the game,'' said a frustrated Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio. "I was concerned all week and we warned our kids, but it took us a quarter before we woke up. Hopefully, we can regroup and get ready for the playoffs.''

Early interceptions and a kickoff return for a touchdown gave Warner Robins a lead the Demons never relinquished. Even a brilliant, 591-yard passing performance by quarterback Justin Walker, who came back after throwing three interceptions, wasn't enough to bring Lee County all the way back.

Walker threw the ball 70 times, completing 42 passes for 591 yards and five touchdowns. Sanford Seay had 14 receptions for 209 yards and scored three touchdowns, and James Terrell had nine receptions for 156 yards.

"After we got down in the first quarter, our kids fought back,'' Fabrizio said. "But we were in too big of a hole. Give Warner Robins credit. Their kids came to play.''

Warner Robins is only 2-8 for the season, but the Demons lost to state-ranked Thomas County Central, 21-17, last week and played top-ranked Northside Warner Robins as tough as any team, losing, 28-7, to the No. 1 ranked Eagles.

Lee County amassed 635 yards, more than twice as much as Warner Robins, which scored 48 points while gaining a total of 300 yards.

"We had a lot of drives stopped by penalties, and they had some drives that were helped by some controversial calls,'' Fabrizio said. "We had four times as many penalty yards as they had. Let's just say that I thought some of the officiating was questionable.''

Even in the face of the program's worst season since 1966, Warner Robins' seniors made a gift of momentum for future teams by leading the Demons past Lee County for their second straight win after beating Bainbridge last week.

"We came out here to compete," senior running back Calvin Franklin-Moore said after rushing for over 170 yards and a touchdown. "We wanted to finish with a bang and set the tone for the juniors for next year."

Franklin-Moore ran 81 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. Before the game was four minutes old, the Demons led 21-0 as they added scores on a Jabari Stegall reception and quarterback Jamaine Collins' 1-yard run.

Collins threw for three touchdowns on the night. He hooked up with Stegall twice, the first from 15 yards and the second from 45. Collins also connected with Akeem Taylor for a 29-yard score.

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Macon Telegraph sports writer Chris Deighan and Herald sports writer Mike Phillips contributed to this report