Lee County Defense Stuffs Triton 52-7 to Clinch Tri-County’s State Playoff Berth
The Lee County Yellow Jackets used a stingy defense and some superlative offensive performances by several players to dismantle Triton and claim the Tri-County 3A’s automatic berth for the State Playoffs. Lee County allowed a Triton team that had rushed for 700 yards in their last two games, only 20 yards on the ground the entire night and cruised to a 52-7 win on Monday night. Lee County improves to 6-0, 4-0 on the season while Triton falls to 3-3, 3-1.
Tyric McKendall scored four TD’s for the 2nd consecutive game – 3 receptions and a blocked punt recovery in the end zone for the other – and led a Yellow Jacket offense that jumped out to a 28-7 advantage by the half. Lee County scored twice more in the first 1:48 of the 3rd quarter to take a 42-7 lead and the rout was on. Will Patterson had his 3rd monster game in a row with 16 of 23 passing for 287 yards and 5 TD’s. TJ Johnson rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries and had 82 more receiving with a score for Lee County.
The Yellow Jackets will finish their regular season on Friday night at Southern Lee. Playoff pairings should be announced on Saturday by the NCHSAA.
Triton 0 7 0 0 7
Lee County 7 21 21 3 52
LC – Tyric McKendall 21 pass from Will Patterson (Kennedy Hernandez kick)
LC – McKendall 18 pass from Patterson (2-pt conv good))
TR – Batts 16 run (kick good)
LC – Rodney Ingram 7 run (kick failed)
LC – McKendall 29 pass from Patterson (Hernandez kick)
LC – Kenyon Palmer 39 pass from Patterson (Hernandez kick)
LC – McKendall blocked punt recovery in end zone (Hernandez kick)
LC – TJ Johnson 66 pass from Patterson (Hernandez kick)
LC – Hernandez 31 FG
TR – 35 carries – 20 yards
LC – TJ Johnson 10-100, JoJo Jennings 5-21, Rodney Ingram 3-16, Noah Johns 2-0, Ben Ramsberger 1-(-3), Will Patterson 1-8 Totals 22-142
TR – Petoletti 1-3-36
LC – Patterson 16-23-287
TR – Smith 1-36
LC – McKendall 4-70, Palmer 4-87, Lamb 2-35, TJ Johnson 3-83, Garrison 1-6, Jennings 1-6, Carlos Hancock 1-0 Totals 16-287
*Lee County held Triton to 56 yards of total offense, only 5 total yards in the 2nd half. Lee County rolled up 429 yards of total offense in the game.
*Triton had 12 possessions on the night – one that had a total of 7 plays that included a successful fake punt and ended in a touchdown. No other drive for Triton had more than 4 plays – most ending in punts or an unsuccessful 4th down attempt.
*In the last 3 games Lee County QB Will Patterson has thrown for 927 yards on 51 of 76 passing (67.1%) and 13 touchdowns. Patterson now has 1352 yards through 6 games.
*Kenyon Palmer was selected as the Normann Financial Group Offensive Player of the Game and Derran McKoy was selected as the Defensive Player of the Game.