Yellow Jackets host Jaguars

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 08:45 PM

Overhills (2-2) at Lee County (3-1) - 7:30 p.m.

First meeting

SANFORD - Golfers say don't let one bad shot become two. Coaches preach the same idea.

Lee County dropped a hard-fought 28-26 game to Athens Drive two Fridays ago. The Yellow Jacket reaction in practice the next week, then in a 42-7 romp at Western Harnett last Friday, pleased head coach Burton Cates.

"The team was ready to play (last Friday) following the loss to Athens Drive," Cates said. "Needless to say, it was a very long week for us.

"We had a great week of preparation heading into Western Harnett and a sense of urgency, which is good," Cates said.

Cates said he and his staff felt their charges played hard against Athens Drive. Some additional focus, during practice and on Friday night, made a big difference.

Junior running back Jerry Pullum ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns to highlight the Yellow Jacket win as they went to a 3-1 record.

Pullum possesses the speed and ability to take a play and make it a big play at anytime, Cates said, but the whole offense doing its job makes the Jacket more dangerous.

"Our offensive line played extremely well (vs. Western Harnett)," Cates said.

Fullback Nolan Groce and the Jacket receivers were doing their jobs blocking as well. Quarterback Duane' Bland, still with only four varsity starts under his belt, is doing a fine job leading the Jacket offense, Cates said.

"There's no doubt he's getting better each week and that's exactly what we're asking of Duane'," he said.

Overhills (2-2) is the third 4A squad the Yellow Jackets will face in the last four weeks. The Jaguars rebounded from an 0-2 start with a 33-3 win over Western Harnett and a 46-19 win last Friday versus Harnett Central.

Tonight's contest is the last for the Yellow Jackets and Jaguars before both turn to conference play through the rest of the regular season. The Jaguars are in their first season in the 4A Mid-South Athletic Conference and under first-year head coach Rodney Barr.

Led by sophomore quarterback Deshaun Phillips, the Jaguars have totaled 918 passing yards and 366 rushing yards on the season.

"This is the best team we've played this year without a doubt," Cates said.

"Their vertical passing game will be a challenge for our secondary and I hope our defensive line comes to play and plays at a high level," he said. "The best pass coverage is a good pass rush."

Phillips is 63 for 117 passing for 889 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite target so far is senior wide receiver Julio Martinez, who has 17 catches for 221 yards and four touchdowns.

On the defensive side, the Jaguars have 14 sacks led by 6.5 sacks by defensive end Logan Green.

There will be action on the gridiron Friday night and all day Saturday at Lee County High School. Friday night's game is Pop Warner Night and Saturday will be the Sanford Sting's Homecoming day with six Sting games getting underway at 10 a.m.