August 8, 2006
Leesburg - The Lee County Trojans won their first ever region title last year due in large part to an offense that averaged more than 40 points a game in the regular season.
The Trojans goal this year is to win a region title with their defense.
Lee County head coach David Johnson took over a Lee County team three years ago that had combined to win just two games in two years before his arrival.
Last year in Johnson's second season, Lee County won ten games and their first ever region title.
And Johnson's goal is to prove last season was not a fluke.
Johnson said "Expecatations are a little higher than they were three years ago when we got here. Now those standards have been set and these kids and these young guys know what the expectations are."
Lee County lost 10 starters from last year's offensive but the truth is you don't replace division one players like quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson and offensive tackle Ryan Broadhead.
Johnson says Brian Hegley is right now scheduled to be the Trojans starting quarterback with Matt Aldridge and Philip Kennedy also in the mix.
The cast on offense may be new but they did see some playing time last year.
Johnson said "And that is going to help them with their experience. And hopefully that experience earlier in the year help them be big players this year."
The defense is a different story with seven starters back. Cameron Rycroft and Jason Hyde anchor the line and linebacks Larry Webb and Will Raines are back while Deon Grant, Michael Simmons and Jerome Waters return in the secondary.
The Trojans will need a strong defense to defend their region 1-AAAA title.
Johnson said "Thomas County Central is traditionally strong always and Bainbridge and Americus-Sumter are always strong and we are just trying to get there and hang with them."
Lee County opens the season at Westover on September 1st .