FUQUAY-VARINA — Fuquay-Varina posted two defensive scores in the second half and remained unbeaten with a 27-7 Tri-Eight 4-A conference victory over the Lee County Yellow Jackets on the Bengals' homecoming night.
Each team scored on long pass plays within the opening minutes of the game, but the defenses tightened up after that and it was 7-7 at intermission.
Fuquay (6-0, 2-0) took the lead for good with 9:47 left in the third quarter when Ben Binder returned a Lee County fumble 47 yards to put the Bengals ahead 14-7.
Fuquay scored twice more in the fourth. Denzel Russ ran 32 yards for a touchdown and Anthony Hinman returned an interception 35 yards for the final score.
"Our defense was well prepared, and they put us in a good position," said Fuquay coach David Riggs. "Tonight was a good test for us."
Lee County coach Jody Stouffer was proud of his team's effort, despite being without star running back Jay Hollingsworth (back spasms) for the second straight week. The Yellow Jackets (1-5) were missing seven starters in all.
"The kids came out and played their hearts out and laid it on the line," Stouffer said. "Coach Riggs does an excellent job, we added a couple wrinkles to our game plan, but we just came up short against a good Fuquay team."