Yellow Jackets rush past Terry Sanford, 41-26
Lee County's Jerry Pullum rushed for 321 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 41-26 conference win at Terry Sanford Friday night.
Lee County's offense was in high gear all the way around as the Yellow Jackets (7-3, 3-1) scored five touchdowns in the opening half and led by at least two possessions from early in the second quarter through the rest of the way.
The Jackets didn't score on their first possession, but still needed only 1:35 to get on the board.
After three plays and a Jacket punt, a muffed punt reception was recovered by Patrick Bethea for the Jackets on the Bulldog 30-yard line.
On the next snap, Duane' Bland went long and found Kahlese Arnold along the right sideline for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Ian Frye's kick made it 7-0 Jackets.
Bland capped the next Jacket drive, which was a seven-play, 64-yard drive, with a 1-yard sneak into the end zone. Lee County led 14-3 with 2:23 left in the first quarter.
Pullum didn't get the call much early, as Bland kept a number of option plays for good gains. The junior back began picking up yards in big chunks in the second quarter, scoring on a 14-yard run, then a 1-yard dive as part of Lee County running out to a 35-13 lead at halftime.
Pullum had carries for 26 and 21 yards in the first half while totaling 156 yards. He kept pouring it on the Bulldog defense with a sprint down the sideline for 54 yards in the third quarter, then 5-yard touchdown run to finish that drive and make the Jacket lead 41-19 with 1:10 left in the third.
Cornerback Patrick Foushee snared two interceptions to end Bulldog drives in the second half. Foushee's second pick, on a long ball near the Jacket goalline, gave the Jackets the ball with less than four minutes left and Lee County ran the clock out from there.
Bland was 4-for-8 passing for 103 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He rushed for 119 yards and two scores.