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While the Minutemen were taking care of business on the field last Friday evening, their upcoming opponent was enjoying the show at Liberty High.
R.E. Lee will host Liberty this Friday evening, at their Staunton stadium. This past Friday, however, the Leemen were able to travel to Bedford to watch their upcoming opponent. That’s because Lee had a bye, courtesy of a 9-1 regular season mark, good enough for the #2 seed in Division 3 (behind Brookville).
Lee’s only loss this season came at the hands of Turner Ashby (which happens to be Forest’s competition this Friday).
Lee has been an offensive juggernaut, averaging 42.6 points per game behind Dae’Quan Scott. The senior quarterback is as an elusive a runner as the Minutemen will see this year.
Scott already owned the Lee single-season scoring record by the seventh game of the season. So far, he has amassed 34 touchdowns for the year, and a total of 206 points.
Liberty, of course, would like to see that scoring run come to an end.
To do so, the Minutemen will have to figure out a way to stop the Lee spread option offense.
It appears that Lee spreads the field so that Scott can pick his lane on the option play. Occasionally, he’ll pitch but, with the success they’ve realized with Scott carrying, there is often little reason to do so.
The team also runs a quick-hitting sweep to advantage.
There, you’ll most likely see Terrell Mickens picking up the yards. The sophomore scored a dozen touchdowns for the Leemen this year.
Mark Anderson has been another highly productive back for the Leemen.
Their kicker, Dustin Burdick, is dangerous from at least 40 yards out.
By the way, Scott was knocked out of the Leemen’s final regular season game, against Rockbridge.
His replacement in that game, Devonte White, performed quite well in leading the Leemen to a Southern Valley championship-clinching 26-6 win. Scott should be back for the game against the Minutemen.
The big knock on Lee is its defense.
True, the team surrendered 32 points to Harrisonburg. But what’s 32 points when you’re ringing up 56, yourself?
Over the last four games, the defense has become stingy, giving up less than 10 points per game, on average.
Lee is no stranger to the playoffs, having qualified the past three seasons under Head Coach Dave Tibbs.
Last season, the Leemen won their opener over Alleghany before falling to Stuarts Draft.
R.E. Lee does not play at the high school. Its games are at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton..