PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Lee County's Walker, Seay simply 'Dynamite'

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

LEESBURG -- Like versatility? Forget the slash metaphor, Lee County's Sanford Seay was a man for all seasons and all situations against Crawford on Friday night in the Trojans' 56-13 win. Seay, a Herald Dynamite Dozen player who led Region 1-AAAA in receptions last year, had a video-game like night for the Trojans.

Not only did he catch two TD passes from fellow Dynamite Dozen selection Justin Walker -- who threw five total -- but he ran for a touchdown and ripped off on an 81-yard kickoff return, scoring four TDs against Crawford three different ways.

Lee County pulled the starters after building a 49-7 halftime lead, but Seay still finished with some dazzling numbers. He caught three passes for 119 yards and two TDs and had two rushes for 15 yards and a TD.

"He had a tremendous night,'' Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said Saturday. "He scored touchdowns just about every way. He just had an unbelievable night.''

One of Seay's TD catches came from receiver James Terrell, who pulled off the double-pass play, taking a lateral from Walker and then tossing a 65-yard TD strike to Seay, who went untouched into the end zone.

Terrell also caught five passes for 102 yards on a night when Walker completed 10-of-15 passes for 232 yards and five scores. Walker played one quarter in the opener against Baconton Charter and only one half against Crawford, but he has completed 15-of-20 passes with an interception, and has already thrown eight TDs.

Lee County racked up 582 yards of offense against Crawford, despite playing backups in the second half, which had a running clock. The Trojans had won just two games over the past two seasons, but are now 2-0 and looking for a big season.

They've noticed at Lee County, where suddenly everyone is talking about the football team, which was ranked No. 2 in The Herald's Fab 5 Poll coming into Friday night. But No. 1 Bainbridge lost to Cairo, meaning ... well, you can figure out how Tuesday's latest addition of the poll will shake out for the Trojans.

"There's definitely a buzz about football,'' Fabrizio said. "We have a lot of offensive weapons, and there's a lot of excitement about this team and a general excitement about football this year.''

COMIN' ALIVE IN THE SECOND HALF: Just take a look at Monroe's 15-year-old freshman quarterback Charles Strafford, who stepped in for Devine Noel (suspended for disciplinary reasons) in Thursday's 32-6 rout of Northeast, Macon. Strafford finished the night completing 11-of-18 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. That's pretty impressive, but take a look at his second half stats: Strafford completed 8-of-10 passes for 154 yards and all three TDs.

Then there's Westover's Steve Bowens, the workhorse back for a Westover team that lives by the run. Bowens said he was "a little tense" going into the Albany game, and the Indians were ready for him. They broke through the line and threw Bowens for losses on four plays and no gain on a fifth play. He finished the half with just 10 yards on nine carries.

But what a second half.

Bowens not only scored twice on a 7-yard run and a 37-yard tackle-breaking romp that all but put the game away as he gained 130 yards in the second half alone on 13 carries. Westover won, 21-7.

Westover's offense also had a tale of two halves: The Patriots gained only 69 yards on the ground in the first half against Albany, but finished the game with 260 rushing yards.

"It's no secret we're going to run the ball,'' said Westover coach Octavia Jones, whose team rushed for 287 yards in an opening-night loss to Mitchell County last week. Bowens gained 81 yards in the opener and has now rushed for 221 yards in his first two games. QB Justin Taylor rushed for 122 yards in the opener and has already gained 179 yards on the ground this season.

It might not have been a secret that Westover would run the ball, but you have to wonder what Jones will do now that he's won his first game as a head football coach.

Jones, who left one of the top track & field programs in Georgia and his alma mater at Monroe to take over the football program at Westover, had a pretty good idea how he would celebrate.

"I'm going to spend time with my family this weekend,'' Jones said after the win Friday night. "I don't know exactly what we'll do, but I've been spending a lot of time away from them, and that's how I'm going to celebrate. Maybe we'll take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese.''

CARDIAC 'CATS: Westwood is 2-0 after thrilling come-from-behind wins vs. SGA and Tiftarea in the first two weeks of the season. Folks around Camilla might still have their nails if the Wildcats could hang onto the ball. Westwood fumbled five times in the first half Thursday against Tiftarea, losing two of them, and trailed, 17-6. But head coach Ross Worsham knew his team could put together drives in the second half.

"(In the) first half we moved the ball well, just fumbled it five times," Worsham said. "We felt like we could control the ball and stick with it."

Westwood outrushed Tiftarea, 109-38, in the second half after its fumblitis was cured.

Not to harp on it, but why Tiftarea only ran Wes Carter two times in the second half was quite curious to Worsham. Carter ran for 119 yards on the night, 87 of which came in the first half, and finished with just eight carries. Granted, the Panthers only ran 15 plays in the second half total, compared to Westwood's 31.

"He's a good one," Worsham said of Carter. "If he played on my team, I'd let him run it quite a few times. I'm glad he didn't."

DON'T GET DOWN IN DAWSON: With its record at 0-1-1, Terrell Academy won't go 0-3 to start the season against non-region competition, but a loss against Brookwood this coming Friday would be the first time the Eagles haven't won in their first three games since 1992. Of course, they started 1-2 last year and 2-1 in '08 and are still known as the back-to-back GISA Class A champs. Head coach Bill Murdock fully expects his team to be ready for region play, especially with the return of injured linemen Casey Jones and Seth Garland.

DRIVER-ING SGA'S BUS: Southwest Georgia Academy quarterback Dillon Driver did a little bit of everything during Friday's 19-6 win at Terrell. He ran for 35 yards and a score, passed for 25 yards and recovered an Eagles' fumble deep in SGA territory in the second half as the Warriors' clung to a seven-point lead. Driver's 13-yard touchdown run late in the fourth that sealed the game should have been a small gain, but he bounced off several defenders and refused to be kept out of the end zone.

"Did you see that?" SGA head coach David Bell asked when being interviewed after the game. "That was a heck of a run by (Driver)."

WORTH'S KICKING WOES OVER?: It's hard to believe, but Worth County was still able to pull off a huge win last Friday against Class AA state No. 3 Fitzgerald, despite the Rams' kicking game looking downright terrible.

"We couldn't buy an extra point in that game," Rams coach Scotty Ward said.

So during this week's practice, Ward made a move that would prove to be genius: He special-ordered a square-toe kicking shoe.

Senior Jhue Rhodes, the team's kicker, wore that shoe Friday night during Worth's 49-12 romp against Turner County.

And guess what? Rhodes was 5-for-6 on PATs, missing just one kick to the left.

"Man, I'd be willing to bet we're the only high school team in America with a field-goal kicker using a square-toed shoe," Ward said with a laugh. "Actually, we've got two. The guy who kicks off for us, Keion Ray, used it, too. How about that?"

JUST CALL DEERFIELD QB KINSLOW THE RECORD BREAKER: Deerfield quarterback Banks Kinslow's first-quarter performance Friday against Stratford wasn't just good, it was one for the record books.

Kinslow threw for 149 yards and four touchdown passes in the Knights' 42-10 win, giving him the record for TD passes in a quarter for the school, according to head coach Allen Lowe.

"I would definitely say there's no way anybody has ever had four (touchdown passes) in a quarter (for Deerfield)," said Lowe, who is in his 18th season at the school. "He had a great ball game."

Kinslow now has five touchdowns after two games and is well on pace to break the school record for passing touchdowns in a season (14), held by Richman Margeson (1992) and Paul Reese (2005).

ADAMS UPDATE: Bainbridge Al-State kicker and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Keenan Adams left the game against Cairo on Friday on a cart.

But fear not, Bearcats fans: Adams should be OK.

"It's just a deep thigh bruise," Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher said Saturday. "He's doubtful for next week (against Westover), but he'll be back."

Adams was injured when Cairo was called for roughing the kicker on a punt.

"(The Cairo defender) just took a bad angle and they hit his left leg hard," he said. "They only brought out the cart as a precaution."