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Lee Co. embracing season's high expectations

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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

The Lee County Trojans are known throughout the state of Georgia for the school's baseball program.

But for the first time in many years, expectations are sky high on the gridiron.

The Trojans finished 7-3 in 2012, but lost in the first round of the state playoffs.

But with returning starters like star QB Stephen Collier, many look to the Trojans as a team who will make noise in 5A.

"We know we have some eyes on us because of the talent level we have, but it's a good pressure," Collier, who is committed to Ohio State, says. "It just makes us want to work harder and want to succeed more."

Head coach Dean Fabrizio says he isn't letting his team shy away from the expectations.

The Trojans are embracing them.

"We're excited about high expectations, and we've talked about that with our kids," he says. "When you have high expectations, things are going good. So we expect to have a good year, and our kids are excited about it."

One reason those expectations are so high: Fabrizio's fast-paced, high octane offense.

Last season, the Trojans averaged over 41 points a game.

His Trojans believe they can be even better this year.

"I think we're the best one [Fabrizio]'s had yet honestly," Collier says. "I'll be disappointed if we don't put up as many numbers or more as his number one offense has."

"We can be one of the top in the state, cause of our speed and intensity and just how quick we play," says fellow Division I commit OL Jesse Freeman, who is heading to Louisiana-Lafayette. "Most teams don't even condition at the level we condition."

The Trojans will kickstart that offense for the 2013 season August 30 in the Trojan Bowl, when Dougherty comes calling to Leesburg.

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