PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: It's time to get on the Leesburgwagon

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

So what do you call this, this red and black bandwagon that has suddenly showed up in Leesburg? I've already been on the Buster Posey bandwagon for months.

I told everyone around here more than a month ago that Buster would win the Rookie of the Year Award. Just so you know, 32 writers vote for that (two from each NL city), and trust me, all of those seamheads saw Buster do damage to their team. Even the Dodgers writers are going to have to vote for him.

That Poseywagon has been full for a while.

But this new wagon, this football wagon that has landed in the middle of one of the best baseball towns in the country, is a little more intriguing.

They tell me they have never seen one before. Some folks are just scared of it, some curious. Believe me, it's not a UFO -- or even from Florida. Some aren't sure how to get on it (where are the dadgum steps?), and others aren't willing to make the leap just yet.

Go ahead and jump on. I promise it won't hurt.

You say, Mike, they haven't played anybody yet. Wait until they beat Bainbridge, then I'll grab a seat. Well, you can wait, but you're going to miss a whole lot of fun because if there's one word for Lee County's football team it's "fun.''

Dean Fabrizio has these kids slinging the ball all over the place. They're running reverses, running back kickoffs and spending more time in the end zone than any team in Georgia. Call it the Lee Zone, because the Trojans own it. Honest, they've scored 105 points in two games, the most in the Peach State.

Heck, they even had a receiver throw a 65-yard pass to a receiver last week. That was James Terrell to Sanford Seay -- Leesburg's own Seay-Hey kid (that one's for the baseball purists only).

Seay can do it all. He scored four times last week, two receptions, one

run and a kickoff return. Now what's more fun than that? Well, maybe watching quarterback Justin Walker pick a team apart? Imagine, Lee County picking on teams.

Walker says "I love the spread offense" and it's easy to see why. He's thrown eight TDs in two games without an interception and -- because of the one-sided wins --he hasn't even played four quarters yet.

Don't worry about Bainbridge for now, and don't get too overwhelmed by a Class AAAA region that is suddenly loaded with Class AAAAA teams. No one in Georgia will have a tougher region to win, because the AAAA teams that inherited three AAAAA teams, including the AAAAA state runner-up from Warner Robins, are simply looking at a large, unfair mountain to conquer.

Again, worry about all of that later. There's plenty of time. Right now, just jump, climb, leap -- borrow your neighbor's ladder -- and get on board.

Remember, it's all about the journey. And the ride and view from the wagon is pretty sweet right now. Call it the Leesburgwagon and don't waste time jumping on, because it's going to get crowded.

So here are some picks for the week. Who made this schedule for Terrell County? Monroe, Seminole and Lee County to start the season?

The Greenwave will make the playoffs, and get to the second round. That's a promise. They just won't win tonight.

PREDICTION: Lee County 40, Terrell County 20.



The Trojans get their first win tonight against Clarkston, and they'll win more than a game. They'll win some momentum. There's plenty of time for a winning season for Jesse Hicks' kids. Brightest spot so far for Dougherty: Eugene "Biscuit" Watkins, a linebacker who has already made 20 tackles in two games and scored on a fumble recovery.

PREDICTION: Dougherty 20, Clarkston 7.


Westover at Bainbridge: Can somebody give Westover a break? I'm not going to rip the GHSA for not allowing Trent Brown to play this year.

That would be too easy. It would make too much sense, too much common sense. Let's see, the kid lives a few blocks from Westover, but because of some bizarre rule, he can't play football at Westover. Just curious, wonder how many of those 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-7 basketball players from the Columbia team that beat Westover in the Final Four last March live in that school's district?

The Patriots won't get a break tonight, either. They might not face a better defense this season than the one Bainbridge will throw at them tonight. Bainbridge is coming off a tough 14-0 loss to rival Cairo and that Rohan Gaines-led defense, which has given up only 21 points this season, is going to be out to prove even more tonight.

Westover sophomore Dalviness "Deon" Greene and Steve Bowens each rushed for more 100 yards last week, and Greene scored on a long run and a kick return. QB Justin Taylor rushed for more than 100 yards in the opener, so Westover can run the ball. There just won't be much daylight in Bainbridge, and Ed Pilcher's veer will find the end zone twice.

PREDICTION: Bainbridge 14, Westover 7.



Not again. This is the second state-ranked AA team Worth has faced this season, and it's only Week 3. Cook comes in ranked No. 4 in the state poll, but that won't send fear into the Worth kids, who knocked off then-third-ranked Fitzgerald to start the season. Let's not call the Rams giant-killers. Let's just call them winners. Worth County is ranked eighth the Class AAA poll and the Rams, might just move up a notch after they beat Cook.

PREDICTION: Worth 28, Cook 21.


MONROE VS. ALBANY (at Hugh Mills on Saturday):

Albany will bounce back from last week's loss to Westover, but the Indians are facing one of the best teams in Southwest Georgia, and the hunch here is that Monroe stays unbeaten. The Tornadoes just have too much size and too many ways to score. And the Monroe defense is coming off a 32-6 win against Northeast, Macon in which they should have pitched a shutout. Northeast scored on the final play of the game, breaking a six-quarter shutout streak by the Tornadoes.

Monroe's defense made 16 plays for either no gain or a loss. Johntavious Strum may be the best kept secret in Albany. The linebacker/receiver scored on a 32-yard interception, recovered a fumble and caught TD passes of 13 and 96 yards.

PREDICTION: Monroe 28, Albany 14.