Lee County 36, Hardaway 21: Hawks lose fourth straight

October 6, 2012 

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Too bad someone didn't bring the record book to Lee County's 36-21 win against Hardaway Friday night in Leesburg.

If they had, the Lee kids just would have grabbed it and ran up and down the field with it all night.

That's what they did to Hardaway, giving a whole new meaning to the term running away. They didn't stop running until they put their names in Lee's history book with a record-breaking season.

Sure it's only Week 6, but these Trojans became the first team in Lee County to start a season at 6-0 with their Region 1-AAAAA opening-night win on a night when it felt a lot more like 6-and-Oh!

"It feels great to be 6-0,'' said Lee County coach Lee Fabrizio, who has turned the program around in Lee County, where they had only six winning seasons before this year. "It's a great accomplishment for these kids to be the first in school history to do it. That's a tremendous accomplishment, but this is only the beginning.''

That's the feeling at Lee. Just listen to quarterback Stephen Collier.

"Its great to be the first,'' he said. "It's great for the school. It's great for the community, but this is not the last people are going to hear from Lee County. We're going up from here.' ' They have won only one region title in the school's history, but folks in Leesburg have got to start believing in this team. The kids believe in each other.

And everybody believes in Herald Dynamite Dozen tailback Kenneth Hurley, who had a monster second half on Friday and now has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in just six games.

"I've got 1,000 yards?" said Hurley, who was floored when he was told about his numbers after the game. "I've got 1,000 yards right now?

"I'm shocked,'' he said. "I never thought I'd have 1,000 yards (in just six games). It's amazing.''

Hurley was talking about how amazing it was that he's gained 1,024 yards in just six games. He could have been talking about Lee's amazing second half Friday night or the amazing season the Trojans have had up until now - and what might be ahead.

Then there were those simply amazing numbers Lee put up Friday. Ready for this? The Trojans, who live on a fast-paced, spread-the-field and spread-the-wealth offense, just buried Hardaway with a ground game of grounded games.

They rushed for 501 yards, including a - wait for it - an amazing 381 yards in the second half to put Hardaway away. Hurley ran for 237 yards in the final 24 minutes to finish with 242 yards for the night and scored on a 1-yard run early and a 22-yard run late - and that doesn't include a 45-yard TD run that was called back or a 32-yard run to the 1-yard line that was called back in the first half.

"That is amazing,'' Hurley said.

Collier had another way to sum up Hurley.

"The man is a beast,'' he said. "He's a beast.''

If a beast can stand at 5-8 and 150 pounds, then Collier is right. But don't doubt Hurley, who has darted in and out of tackles for six weeks, and like the Trojans themselves, is just getting started.

Collier rushed for 179 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 1-yard run and then put the final touches on the night with an 8-yard TD pass to J.Q. Quimbley to lift Lee to 36-21 with 3:58 left in the game. Tavarious Hall also had a big night, rushing for 123 yards on 15 carries and scoring on a 40-yard run. Early in the third quarter to give Lee a 21-7 lead. The Trojans (6-0, 1-0) never trailed Hardaway (2-4, 0-1).

Lee County gets a bye next week and then faces state ranked Thomas County Central, the favorite to win the region. That game looms bigger by the minute.

"Nobody ever thought Lee County would ever win six games in a row,'' Hurley said. "But we did it.''

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