When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trojan Field, Leesburg
2010 Records: Northside 5-0, 2-0 in Georgia High School Association Region 1-AAAA. Lee County 5-0, 2-0 in GHSA Region 1-AAAA
Last Week: Northside defeated Warner Robins 28-7. Lee County defeated Houston County, 45-42.
All-time series record: Northside (Warner Robins) leads 1-0
Last meeting: Northside (Warner Robins) 41, Lee County 0 (2006—first round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs)
The Lee County Trojans will play perhaps their biggest game in five years, as well as their most meaningful game under second-year head coach Dean Fabrizio, as they play host to the Eagles from Northside (Warner Robins) Friday night. It’s only the second time that those two squads will square off against each other on the football field. It’s also the first-ever regular season meeting between both teams. The Eagles routed the Trojans in the opening round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs, 41-0, en route towards winning their first-ever state title in 2006.
Northside (Warner Robins) has built one of the premier football programs in the state of Georgia, winning 10 region titles all-time, as well as back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007. Going into this week’s contest, Northside has an all-time record of 385-155-6, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Additionally, four former Eagles have played in the NFL, the most recent being wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, who joined the New York Jets in 2007, and now plays for the Cleveland Browns.
On the other hand, Lee County is trying to re-build its struggling football program, as the Trojans have won just one region title in their history, the GHSA Region 1-AAAA in 2005, as well as five winning seasons overall dating back to at least 1972. So far in 2010, though, the Trojans have managed to stay the course, as they managed to match the 5-0 mark from 2005 with a 45-42 win over Houston County on the road last week. That squad advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, losing to Griffin, 49-21, to finish its region championship season at 10-2. Lee County has an all-time record of 126-264-7 entering this week’s game.
Northside has proven why it’s currently the top-ranked team in Class AAAA in multiple polls statewide, as the Eagles have averaged 33.2 points per game scoring-wise, while outscoring their opponents 166-21 in five games played thus far. Additionally, Northside has held its opponents to 14 points or less in five games played in 2010.
Lee County has put up its share of points on the scoreboard, as the Trojans have outscored their opponents 238-91, scoring an average of 47.6 points per game, while giving up 18.2 points per contest. 42 of those points, however, were surrendered to Houston County in Lee County’s three-point win last Saturday.
An upset win over Northside this Friday would not only allow Lee County to match its longest winning streak in school history (six in a row in 1996-1997), but also give Dean Fabrizio a .500 winning percentage during his brief career as the Trojans head coach. Fabrizio comes into this week’s contest with a career record of 7-8 at Lee County, including a mark of 2-8 in 2009.