Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio lost a ton of talent off last year's state playoff team, but you wouldn't have known it by the way his Trojans played against Albany power Monroe on Friday night during their scrimmage in Leesburg. Lee won, 38-7.
LEESBURG -- There's a new quarterback and new faces everywhere, but it's the same Lee County football team -- throwing the ball all over the place and making teams play catch up.
Matt Mears, who had to replace record-setting Justin Walker at quarterback at Lee County, threw two touchdown passes and two more backup quarterbacks threw one each as the Trojans knocked off Monroe, 38-7, in a scrimmage on Friday night in Leesburg.
"Monroe looks real good,'' Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said. "But our kids really played well. The defense was phenomenal. Monroe has a lot of weapons on offense. I thought Andrew Stroud and Thomas Wright both had exceptional games for us on defense.''
Mears completed 12 of 20 passes for 191 yards and hit Josh Cabrera twice for TDs -- a 30-yarder and a 20-yarder. Cabrera also had an interception. Kenneth Hurley returned a kickoff 89 yards for a TD and Lee County did just about everything right, even nailing a field goal as Nathan Elmore hit a 25-yarder.
Stephen Collier, a sophomore, stepped in for Mears and threw a TD pass and third-string quarterback Justin Frier threw a TD pass. Collier also had four receptions for 21 yards.
Monroe had its moments and scored on an 8-yard run by Devine Noel, who has moved from quarterback to running back this season.
"Monroe looked good,'' Fabrizio repeated. "I think they're going to have a good year.''