Mundy’s Mill will need another big game from senior running back Rodney Smith, who had 348 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over Houston County. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Mundy’s Mill at Lee County
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Trojan Field in Leesburg
Records, seeding, rankings: Mundy’s Mill is 7-4 and the No. 2 seed in Region 4-AAAAA; Lee County is 10-1 and the top seed from Region 1-AAAAA. Neither team is ranked.
Winner plays: Gainesville-South Paulding winner.
JONESBORO — Mundy’s Mill coach Greg Manior sees a lot of some of the team’s previous opponents in Lee County, the Tigers opponent in Friday’s second round Class AAAAA playoff game.
“They are fast, very fast,” Manior said Sunday evening a six-hour film and meeting session. “They are a lot like some teams we have faced with talent and speed. Obviously at this stage in the playoffs, everyone is good.”
Like Mundy’s Mill, the Trojans ended a long playoff drought this season. The Region 1-AAAAA champions are in the postseason for the first time since the 2005 season, the only other time it won a region title.
It will mark the second straight week that Lee County will host a playoff game. Last week, the Trojans defeated Effingham County 28-6 as senior P.J. Taylor ran for a score and caught another while standout quarter Stephen Collier ran for two touchdowns in the victory.
“It gives us a lot of confidence coming in knowing that we are playing for the community,” Taylor told the Albany Herald following the win.
Both teams are on a hot streak entering the 7:30 p.m. game at Trojan Field in Leesburg, which is just outside of Albany.
In its last four games, all wins, Lee County has allowed its opponents only 20 points. Lee County is 10-1 overall and one win away for the most in school history. Mundy’s Mill is 7-4 overall, which is the most wins in the program’s existence.
“The key thing about the playoffs is winning and advancing,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said. “Regardless of the score and regardless of how you play, you just need to win and advance. Defensively (Friday) our kids played another excellent game. We don’t feel like we played our best game overall as a team, but sometimes that happens.”
This will be only the third game the team has played outside of Clayton County this season. It’s only other road games were losses at Whitewater (32-0) and Coffee (18-14).
Even though they were losses, Manior said his team has played well on the road.
“Our guys usually play well away from home,” Manior said. “I think our guys are ready. We have faced the same type of atmosphere at Coffee that we will see at Lee County this weekend.”
Said Smith: “We have been in the situation before when we played Coffee. I think that game prepared us for this moment. We have played some good teams this season, which can only help prepare you for the postseason. We are very excited about our opportunity to represent our school in a positive way. We are just trying to bring some positive things to our community.”