As hundreds of fans filed out of Patuxent’s football stadium Friday night, the Panthers players stayed in their pads and lined the entrance gates to shake hands with the patrons. Near the end of the line was a beaming Trey Lee, looking scores and scores of admirers in the eyes and thanking them for coming to the game.
Lee wasn’t nearly as polite and forthcoming to North Point’s defense, using deceptive play calls by his sideline and devastating speed to lead No. 15 Patuxent to a 31-8 win over the Eagles on Friday night in Lusby.
Lee rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown, and threw for another score in the rout. The two teams entered the game unbeaten and looking for control in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, and there couldn’t have been any more stark a contrast between the two offenses.
North Point’s sophomore quarterback Brandon Battle had just four completions through three quarters, and the Eagles’ shotgun passing attack couldn’t match Patuxent’s single-wing offense, a run-heavy system that Lee said he is getting more comfortable with by the day.
“He’s a physical specimen,” said Patuxent Coach Steve Crounse of his 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior. “He can beat you with his legs.”
That credo was evident Friday night. Patuxent (4-0, 2-0) set the tone with a series of direct snaps and sweeps early in the game, but still needed Lee to bail out and freelance at times. Up 7-0 and knocking on the door again midway through the second half, Lee converted a fourth-and-one call on a 15-yard quarterback keeper to keep the drive alive deep inside North Point territory. Several plays later, facing a third and 19 and the whole North Point sideline yelling at their defense to watch the sweep, Lee pulled off a play-action fake that tore the Eagles defense in half, then hit a wide open Joey Parsons on a 21-yard touchdown pass.
“They never saw it coming,” Lee said. “Every day. That’s all we work on. Repetition.”
Lee converted another third-and-long pass to keep the drive alive on the first possession of the second half. He followed with his own four-yard keeper on the ensuing play to make it 19-0 and give his club control.
“He’s a very clutch player,” said Crounse, whose team has never lost to North Point (3-1, 2-1). “As we diversify the offense, he’s going to be very hard to stop.”