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Herald No. 1 Lee routs Terrell County, remains unbeaten

Lee County quarterback Matt Mears looks for an open receiver Friday night as Terrell County's rushes in.

Lee County quarterback Matt Mears looks for an open receiver Friday night as Terrell County's rushes in.

LEESBURG -- Josh Cabrera is a fast learner.

Just three years into his football career, Lee County's sophomore wide receiver looked like he'd been playing since he came out of the crib Friday in the Trojans' 42-6 beating of Terrell County. Cabrera caught nine of quarterback Matt Mears' 21 completions and rolled up 113 receiving yards and two touchdowns to push Lee County to 3-0 on the season.

Cabrera, who didn't pick up football until 8th grade, hauled in both touchdown grabs on a trademark fade pass in the corner of the end zone that he and Mears have nearly perfected early in the season.

"It depends how the defender plays (in coverage)," Cabrera said of the route, which has been a big part of the four scoring catches he has on the season. "I switch it up. (Mears) is good at reading what I'm going to do, too."

Cabrera opened the scoring with a 16-yard leaping catch in the first quarter for an early 7-0 lead before Terrell County finally put a chink in the Trojans' defensive armor in the second quarter. Greenwave quarterback Jerkerious Scott busted a 75-yard scoring run to put the first points on the board against Lee County's defense this season, cutting the Trojans' lead to 14-6 with 5:50 to play before half.

Terrell County (0-3) also had a first-quarter drive stall at the Trojans' 10-yard line after a 10-play drive.

"They really outplayed us the first part of the game," Lee County head coach Dean Fabrizio said. "We didn't play well (early), but a lot of the credit goes to how they played."

Lee went ahead, 21-6, on Mears' 1-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left in the first half and then Terrell County failed to convert on a fourth-and-one deep in Trojans' territory, giving Lee's quick-strike passing attack another shot before halftime.

"What did I have to lose?" Terrell County head coach William Huff said of going for the fourth down. "That was a good team. We just broke down late in the second quarter. We moved the ball in the first half. We feel like we're finding some things they can do well. It's just going to take awhile."

Andrew Stroud, who had already scored on a 23-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter, pulled in a tightrope catch at the 1 with 19 seconds before the break. Cabrera blew the game open with a 1-yard catch on a jumpball, putting the Trojans up 28-6 at halftime.

Tavarious Hall added an 18-yard TD run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach and Trojans linebacker Thaddus Carr scooped up a fumble and scored from 26 yards out in the fourth quarter.

Mears finished 21-for-31 passing with 240 yards and three touchdowns while tacking on a rushing score. Mears had 212 yards passing at halftime. Stroud finished with four catches and 58 receiving yards, while Hall had 64 rushing yards on seven carries.

Terrell County was led by Scott's 78 rushing yards on nine carries, although 75 came on one run. Scott also threw for 60 yards. Basheer Rogers had 63 yards rushing on nine carries.

Terrell County travels to Columbus on Thursday to face Spencer in a non-region matchup before Region 1-A play continues against Miller County. Lee County is off this week before starting Region 1-AAAA play at Northside Columbus.