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Herald No. 1 Lee routs Baconton behind Hurley's three TDs

Kenneth Hurley scored three times during Lee County's 56-0 shutout win against Baconton on Friday night in Leesburg.

Kenneth Hurley scored three times during Lee County's 56-0 shutout win against Baconton on Friday night in Leesburg.

LEESBURG -- Lee County 110, Baconton Charter 25.

That wasn't the final score Friday night, just a comparison of roster numbers between the two schools that met in a non-region matchup ending in a 56-0 Trojans win. For Lee County, it was a season-opening tuneup before the Trojans meet a few foes their own size. For the Blazers, it was a huge step up in class that produced predictable results.

The Blazers, a GHSA Class A upstart with just two seniors in their second year of varsity play, fought as they always do, but the Class AAAA Trojans cruised behind Kenneth Hurley's three TDs and in the starting debut of junior quarterback Matt Mears, who played just one quarter with the rest of the Lee County starters.

"Baconton is an improved team," said Trojans head coach Dean Fabrizio, whose team debuted Friday as No. 1 in The Herald's preseason Fab 5 Poll. "Their (head) coach (Glenn Palmer) is doing good things and I expect to continue to see good things from them in the future."

Mears' first start ended early after hitting wideout Josh Cabrera for a score and running a short sneak into the end zone to jump out to a quick lead. He finished with 4-for-7 passing for 64 yards. The Trojans' high-flying pass attack from last year turned into a rushing barrage for junior speedster Hurley, who started at corner last year on defense.

Hurley finished with three rushing touchdowns and 99 yards on six carries in less than a half of play.

"I feel like I did work," Hurley said after spending most of the night on the sidelines following a 49-0 Trojans' halftime lead.

Lee County (1-0) ran for 285 yards on the night on 36 carries, while throwing the ball just 12 times. Mears, meanwhile, was glad to see the offense jump out to a quick start with Crawford County looming next Friday at home.

"We weren't going to take it easy," he said. "We're still learning."

Lee County played all 110 of its players, including all three freshmen on the roster, two of whom will receive a large amount of playing time.

"Our kids came out and took care of business," Fabrizio said. "A lot of kids got on the field for the first time and experienced Friday night under the lights."

Baconton has just 25 players on its roster but only half have much football experience -- and they were exhausted after seeing three waves of backups against Lee. Blazers star Tony Holland was one of those Baconton players who never came off the field, but he managed to recover a fumbled punt return in the fourth quarter.

Baconton (0-2) was held to 35 yards of total offense by the Trojans' unforgiving defense.

The Trojans got offensive contributions from all over. Cabrera caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Backup sophomore quarterback Stephen Collier threw a 7-yard flip pass to Tavarious Hall in the second quarter for a score and also ran for a touchdown. Taurean Whitaker ran for 39 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.

Baconton quarterback Brock Pinson was 2-for-6 passing for 20 yards, including an 18-yard pass to Holland. The Blazers play host to Bacon County next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.