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Warning! Severe momentum shift ahead! Lee County rides it past HoCo

Houston County had the ball. Houston County had the momentum. And then it didn’t. Either one.

It lost the ball near Lee County’s five-yard line while looking every bit like it would score and add to a 9-7 lead third-quarter lead.

It lost the momentum on the Trojans’ second-play from scrimmage following, after quarterback Jevell Ferguson hit Ousmane Kromah for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Ferguson found Tyrus Washington on a two-point conversion and flipped the score to 15-9. Lee County went on to win 29-9.

It improved to 6-1, 1-0 in Region 1-AAAAAA. The Bears fell to 4-4, 0-1.

Houston County forced Lee County to punt on its opening possession. It then went 20 plays, ate up a ton of clock – all but about 30 seconds of the first quarter – and scored on a 30-yard field goal from Davis Shaw.

The Trojans answered with a 10-play, 60-yard drive and Kromah’s first score – from the 7. (He accounted for all of Lee County’s touchdowns.)

Senior Simeon Askew, on Senior Night, was his usual: the consummate “workhorse” (look it up in the dictionary for his picture). His runs on the Bears’ next possession (all night) – the last of those a 41-yard touchdown run, put Houston County on top 9-7. That’s where it stood at the half. The Bears had converted on third down six-of-10 tries and were a perfect three-for-three on fourth down attempts.

They were forced to punt on their opening possession of the third quarter, however, but Lee County missed a field goal on its.

That set the stage for the aforementioned momentum swing – killing what had been a long drive of eight plays to boot.

The Trojans last two drives needed only three plays – thanks mainly to Kromah – and a Bears fumble helped set up their last score. It came with just over a minute left in the game.

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