Lee 16, Madison 6
There is nothing fancy about the Lee football team: Its lineman open holes just big enough for its "non-superstar" backfield to run through and the Lancers get in the right position to make tackles on defense.
Nonetheless, opponents continue to fail to find a way to stop the Lancers.
Last night, host Madison failed to solve Lee, losing 16-6, and giving the Lancers their 11th consecutive Liberty District win.
Lee (5-3, 4-0) remains on track to earn a Division 6 playoff berth.
Last night marked the second straight district loss for Madison (4-3, 2-2), which fell to W.T. Woodson last week. In that game, the Cavaliers gained more than 400 yards rushing. Lee took the same approach last night behind sophomore halfback Brandon Cameron (119 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries) and senior quarterback Greg Jones (85 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries).
Jones, a senior who missed last year because of a wrist injury, said this year's team is trying to prove it can win, despite a new coach and only four returning starters. Cameron (903 rushing yards) is a big part of the new-look Lancers, who also feature former Washington-Lee coach Chad Lewis.
"This team believes in itself and realizes it has no superstars," said Lewis, whose team faces the Saxons in two weeks. "We stress that it takes 11 players on the field to win. We've gotten a lot accomplished so far, but we have a lot more to do, and our team knows that."
On the fourth play of the fourth quarter, Cameron gave his team its biggest lead when he burst through the line for a 23-yard scoring run to give the Lancers a 16-7 lead with 10 minutes 17 seconds left. Cameron rushed for 51 yards on the 75-yard scoring drive.
Cameron is "a slasher, he weaves a lot and he gets big runs," Jones said.
Lee had little trouble moving the ball on the ground in the first half, picking up 116 yards on 27 carries. The Lancers ran 31 plays to the Warhawks 16.
The Lancers opened the game by driving 65 yards on 10 plays, capped by Jones's 26-yard option run with 6:04 to go in the first quarter. The drive included only one pass by Jones, but it was a nine-yard gain by Kyle Bates on a fourth-and-three play. Jones's scoring run came on the next snap. The kick for the extra-point failed.
Madison tied the score on the next play from scrimmage. Junior halfback Justin Duncan (99 first-half total yards), running left, took a pitch deep, found a big hole and rambled 67 yards for a score. Duncan, who left the game with an injury in the third quarter, finished with 110 total yards, but his team was held to just 42 yards on 21 carries after that long scoring run.