QB Mears throws 4 TDs, leads No. 1 Lee in 36-0 rout

Matt Mears tossed four TDs on Friday night to help lead Herald No. 1 Lee County improve to 2-0 with a win against Crawford County.

Matt Mears tossed four TDs on Friday night to help lead Herald No. 1 Lee County improve to 2-0 with a win against Crawford County.

LEESBURG -- Thomas Wright is the antithesis of Tylenol. Lee County's senior linebacker is the headache maker.

Wright and the Trojans delivered plenty of aches and pains Friday in a 36-0 blanking of Crawford County, posting back-to-back shutouts to start the season after last week's 56-0 win against Baconton Charter.

Wright, a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection, along with defensive back Andrew Stroud and linebacker Thaddus Carr, helped lead an aggressive Trojans defense that blitzed from nearly every angle all night and held the Eagles to zero offensive yards, while Lee County quarterback Matt Mears tossed four touchdown passes to help Herald No. 1 Lee roll to a 2-0 start.

"We feel like we've improved on defense," said Trojans head coach Dean Fabrizio, whose defense hasn't given up a point since the opening drive of a preseason scrimmage against Monroe. "We feel like each year we've gotten more physical, and with this group we certainly want to build off last year."

Wright set the tone early, blowing a Crawford County receiver up over the middle, causing the wideout's helmet to pop off. Wright, who Lee County folks like to call the "Hammer," said it's not the first time.

"I don't like to brag, but it's happened a couple of times," the Trojans' senior wrecking ball said. "My head hurts (too). I know that."

Stroud, meanwhile, was doing damage on both sides of the ball. He caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Mears on a swing pass for an early 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. The junior defensive back followed that up with an interception in the second quarter deep in Trojans' territory, which led to a 12-yard Kenneth Hurley touchdown run. Stroud also had a 58-yard punt.

"(The touchdown catch) was a swing out (in the flats)," Stroud said. "The defense just went for it, and I was wide open. (Defensively) we're working on speed, getting to the ball, tackling and stripping (the ball). We've got to hustle, hustle. We've got people stepping up every day."

Mears finished 13-for-25 passing with 158 yards and four touchdown passes for the Trojans (2-0). He was intercepted once. Senior receiver Brandon Paden caught three passes, two of which went for scores of 15 and 6 yards. Sophomore Josh Cabrera also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Mears.

Hurley finished with 67 yards on eight carries.

Crawford County (0-1, GHSA Class AA) was held to minus-38 rushing yards, including a 29-yard loss on a botched punt snap that led to a Trojans' score. Lee County plays host to Terrell County on Friday.