HAMILTON, Ga. -- With three seconds remaining in the contest, Lee County quarterback Stephen Collier threw a pass into the Harris County end zone. DiQuan Roberts and Marvin James knocked the ball to the ground to preserve the Tigers 35-31 victory over Lee County on Friday night.
Roberts had scored on a 38-yard option around the left end of the Trojan defense with 40 seconds remaining to give the Tigers the lead. The Lee County defense keyed on Esaias Chapman on a dive play. When Justin Wright pulled the ball out of Chapman's belly to run the option the field was open. Roberts had to break one tackle before racing to the endzone.
Jo Quimbley returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tiger 46-yard line putting the pressure on the Harris County defense to preserve the win. The Trojans converted a 4th-and-2 but left itself with only 3 seconds remaining for the final heave.
Harris County led 26-21 at the half. After compiling 264 yards of total offense in the first half the Tigers could only muster 9 offensive yards in the third quarter and fell behind 28-26 on Colliers' 5-yard run.
The Tigers drove from its own 16 to the Trojan 5 when Isaac Grimes was good on a 22-yard field goal to give the lead back to Harris County 29-28.
Lee County answered with a 4:40 drive to go up 31-29 with 2:25 remaining in the game on a 26-yard field goal from Hunter Johnson.
The final scoring drive for the Tigers began on its own 19-yard line. Chapman gashed the Trojans for 14-yards on the first play. After two incompletions Wright hit Chapman on a screen that gained 24-yards on 3rd-and-10. Two straight dive runs by Chapman for 4 and 2-yards set up Roberts run.
Chapman, who rushed for 273 yards on 32 carries on the night and two scores had six plays of over 20 yards on the night. He also had 2 receptions for 39-yards.
Lee County lost one yard on its first offensive play of the night but countered with a 70-yard scoring pass from Stephen Collier to Casey Hightower on the next play for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers answered with a 78-yard 3-play drive to tie the score at 7-7 on Esaias Chapman's 6 yard run.
Harris County's next drive was also 78-yards and took four plays. Chapman had runs of 31 and 27 on the drive but had to leave for a play when his helmet came off. TaQuon Marshall ran a 9-yard sweep on the next play to put the Tigers up 14-7 on Isaac Grimes' extra point.
Friday at Tiger StadiumLee County 14 7 7 3--35
Harris County 20 6 0 9--31First Quarter
L- Casey Hightower 70 pass from Stephen Collier (Hunter Johnson kick), 9:47
H- Esaias Chapman 6 run (Isaac Grimes kick), 9:16
H- TaQuon Marshall 9 run (Grimes kick), 5:58
H- Justin Wright 3 run (Run failed), 1:56
L- Collier 3 run (Johnson kick), 9:25
H- Chapman 19 run (run failed), 6:04
L- Collier 5 run (Johnson kick), 7:10
H- Grimes 22 field goal, 7:05
L- Johnson 26 field goal, 2:25
H- DiQuan Roberts 38 run (Run failed), :40
Records: Lee County 6-2, 1-2 Region 1-AAAAA; Harris County 4-4, 3-0. Next: Harris County, home vs. Hardaway, Friday, 7:30 p.m.