Herald No. 3 Lee County rolls, 42-6, moves to 4-0

Kenneth Hurley had another monster night in Lee County's 42-6 win against Morrow on Friday night in Leesburg to improve the team's record to 4-0.

Kenneth Hurley had another monster night in Lee County's 42-6 win against Morrow on Friday night in Leesburg to improve the team's record to 4-0.

LEESBURG — Kenneth Hurley was a little disappointed.

The Lee County Trojans’ running back, who ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns Friday, wanted more after halftime, but enough was enough. Lee ran roughshod over visiting Morrow, 42-6, on homecoming after shutting down its offense, the third highest scoring offense in the state, at halftime.

“I wish they wouldn’t have gotten me out,” said Hurley, who has run for more than 550 yards in four games despite playing less than three quarters in all but one. “I’ve got all this energy.”

Hurley only burned up a gallon or so in the tank Friday against a Class AAAAAA team that hasn’t had a winning record in 13 years. After leading 42-0 at halftime, Lee County could have made it much worse.

“We’re not here to try to embarrass somebody,” Lee County head coach Dean Fabrizio said. “We’re trying to build a program.”

The Trojans have scored 42 or more in the first half of three of their four games this season and the offense’s 47.7 points per game average was tied for third highest in the state entering Friday. Hurley touched the ball just six times in the opening half and scored on his first carry, a 14-yard jaunt into the endzone, that gave the Trojans (4-0) a 14-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

Lee County took a 21-0 lead with just one offensive play from scrimmage thanks to two special teams touchdowns from freshman Tre Eafford and senior Casey Hightower. Eafford, the Trojans’ starting cornerback, took the opening kickoff back 93 yards for a score and Hightower returned a punt 39 yards for a touchodown in the first quarter.

“We jumped on them early and played about as good as you can play in the first half,” Fabrizio said.

Freshman Devontae Seay added a 26-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Collier for a 28-0 Trojans’ lead after one quarter, while JQ Quimbley broke loose on a 53-yard catch and run from Collier early in the second quarter.

Collier finished the game 5-of-6 passing for 94 yards and two touchdowns while rotating with last year’s starter, Matt Mears, who hit on 5-of-6 pass attempts for 11 yards. Quimbley led the Trojans with 49 yards receiving on two catches.

Morrow had minus-42 yards rushing at the half thanks to several bad snaps in the shotgun and an inability to block the Trojans’ blitzing defense. Lee County made 11 tackles for loss in the first half and pitched its first shutout of the season after blanking Westover in the second half last week.

While the offense gets all the headlines, and rightfully so, the defense takes some of the credit.

“We work against those guys in practice all day and every day so I take partial credit,” said Trojans’ junior strong safety Quan Jameson, who finished with four tackles and a sack. “We get after those guys and make them better.”

Lee County’s offense will be tested in its final non-region game on the road Friday against a Dodge County defense that has allowed just 28 points through four games and was unbeaten before a loss to Bleckley County.