Lee's players chanted senior quarterback Greg Jones's name in the locker room following last night's wet and muddy 26-6 home win over T.C. Williams, but they weren't applauding his arm.
In a Virginia AAA Patriot District game in Springfield that featured no pass plays by either team, the senior quarterback calmly controlled his offense and scored two rushing touchdowns, including a key 15-yard score midway through the third quarter that put the Lancers (3-2, 2-0) up 13 points. Lee ran for 228 yards, with senior Brandon Cameron leading the way with 88 yards.
"We've been practicing with a wet ball all this week, so I think that gave us an advantage," Jones said. "But really what made the difference for us was our offensive line. They gave us a great push tonight."
While the Lancers were able to drive forward on their side of the ball, T.C. Williams never could get anything going offensively. Aside from a 35-yard first-quarter touchdown run by Walter Smith, the Titans (3-3, 0-2) had 30 yards of offense and fumbled the ball nine times, losing two of them. Titans Coach Greg Sullivan said that he was upset with the choice to hold the game last night -- made by the home team.
"There's no rational reason to ever play a game in this unless you want to neutralize speed," Sullivan said. "This is typical of what we see at T.C. People will jump into a different offense from week to week. They will resort to tactics like this. This is typical of the crap we get. People will not play T.C. straight up on a normal field. This was bush-league, crap. They know it, we know it and I can't wait to get a hold of them on a dry field."
Lee Coach Chad Lewis defended his school's decision.
"We had thought about [canceling the game], but all the forecasts had the possibility of rain the next five days," he said. "We said, 'Hey, you know, let's try to get it in.' The field might be the driest it's going to be tonight instead of tomorrow night or even Monday with all the rain that's coming."
Lee, in its first season in the Patriot District after moving from the Liberty, is tied with Annandale (2-2, 2-0) for first place. Annandale's game with Hayfield was postponed due because of rain.
"Everybody's been counting us out because we came from the Liberty," Jones said. "But I think we came out and proved tonight we can play with anybody and contend for the district title."