Yellow Jackets seek second big start

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Ben L. Smith (0-1, 0-0 All Metro) at Lee County (1-0, 0-0 Cape Fear Valley) - 7:30 p.m.

Last season - Lee County 34, Ben L. Smith 14

SANFORD - Lee County, led by senior running back/punt returner Jerry Pullum being uncatchable the first few times he touched the ball, took care of business in a hurry versus Rolesville in Lee County's opening game of the season, and Rolesville's first varsity game in 53 years, last Friday night.

Pullum had two touchdown runs in his first four carries and already had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown all within the first nine minutes of the game. The Yellow Jackets led 29-0 after a quarter, 42-0 at halftime and lots of Jackets got live game experience from there in what was a 42-8 final.

Pullum starred in Lee County's win early last season at Ben L. Smith, scoring three touchdowns while Duane Bland, then the Yellow Jacket quarterback, scored two touchdowns.

Bland, in his first game as a receiver/running back, caught a 38-yard streak down a seam from new quarterback Emond Caldwell, who was Southern Lee's starting quarterback in 2013, in the first half versus Rolesville.

Last August versus Ben L. Smith in Greensboro, the Yellow Jackets led 20-0 at halftime. The Golden Eagles rallied to make it a game again, then Lee County's defense and running game, which tallied 200 yards for the game, regained the momentum.

The Golden Eagles wound up with a 3-8 mark, though 0-5 in the 4A All-Metro Conference.

Ben L. Smith picked up good signs, but only a heartbreaking moral victory, last Friday.

The Golden Eagles led Northwest Guilford 7-6 until a 22-yard Viking touchdown pass with 4.7 seconds remaining gave Northwest Guilford a 13-7 win.