Josh Cabrera, a junior who caught 13 touchdowns a year ago, is leaving Lee County because his father, who is in the Marines, has been stationed in North Carolina.
LEESBURG — Semper fi!
That’s how Lee County lost Josh Cabrera, who is arguably the best prep high school receiver in Southwest Georgia.
Cabrera, who was a lock to be named to The Herald’s Dynamite Dozen list and lead Lee County in receptions, has left the school. His father is in the Marines and is being stationed in North Carolina.
He took at least 1,000 yards of receiving and an estimated 15 to 20 touchdowns with him. And those are modest projections. Cabrera might have doubled those numbers.
“These things happen,’’ Lee County football coach Dean Fabrizio said. “People get transferred. We’re sad to see him go, but certain things are unavoidable.
“Obviously, it’s a big blow to us. Somebody will need to step up. And it’s a big blow because it came so late. We’ve already started practice. We’re just going to have to have other people step up and fill that role.”
Cabrera made 69 catches for 970 yards and scored 13 touchdowns last season as a sophomore, and — playing in Lee County’s wide-open offense — it’s impossible to project what kind of numbers he might have put up.
He has already been offered a scholarship by Duke with two full seasons of high school football in front of him.
And that’s not all. Cabrera was Lee County’s best basketball player, too.
“It’s a big loss,’’ Lee County athletic director Rob Williams said.
Fabrizio said he didn’t know exactly who might step in and replace Cabrera, but Lee County returns quarterback Matt Mears, who threw for more than 2,000 yards and 23 TDs last year.
The Trojans have a lot of talented young players, including a freshmen class that could grow up and make its mark on the program.
“The opportunity is going to be there for someone to step up,’’ Fabrizio said.
LEE COUNTY WINS 1-AAAA All Sports Trophy
LEESBURG — It really doesn’t matter if it was the girls soccer team or the baseball team that pushed Lee County over the top to win the Region 1-AAAA All-Sports Trophy. Everyone in the sports program is sharing the award.
“It was really a close finish,’’ said Lee County athletic director Rob Williams, whose school edged Houston County, 89-88, to win two prestigious awards for having the best sports Class AAAA program in Southwest Georgia and beyond.
The Trojans took home the Region All Sports Trophy and also the Region Banks Directors Cup given by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for having the top program in 1-AAAA.
Lee County won three region titles, including a baseball title and a girls soccer title, which both came at the end of the school year. Houston County finished second to Lee County in both sports.
Northside Columbus was third with 86 1/2 points and Warner Robins was fourth with 82 1/2 in the closest race Williams can remember.
“It was really tight, and came down to the spring sports,’’ said Williams, who coaches the baseball team. “It doesn’t matter if it was the girls soccer team or baseball team that put us over the top. It was the overall program that won. It shows we have a good athletic program across the board.’’
Lee County’s other region champion came from Tom Matheny’s wrestling team, which dominates the region and won the title by more than 100 points. But the Trojans won with diversity and strong programs throughout the year, finishing in the top four in 11 of 17 sports, including two seconds and four thirds.