CARY — Panther Creek senior running back David Mayaka rushed for 108 yards and scored once, but the Catamounts were unable to stop the high-powered Lee County offense, falling 35-14 on their Friday night homecoming.
The Yellow Jackets (6-2, 4-1), who equaled their 35 points per game scoring average, gained 242 yards rushing.
Lee senior James Foushee scored four touchdowns and led all rushers with 121 yards, while quarterback Chase Arrington completed 12-of-18 passes for 141 yards. Arrington added 114 yards on the ground.
“We’ve got a lot of seniors and Chase has done a great job at quarterback,” said Lee County head coach Burton Cates. “He also has some guys around him who can make some plays.”
In addition to Foushee, senior wide receiver T.J. Lett caught four passes for 65 yards, including a 40-yard bomb that led to the Yellow Jackets’ third score.
“Lee is a tough team, they’re so big up front and physical on offense,” said Panther Creek head coach Sean Crocker. “Our backs ran well, but if we didn’t get it in for a score Lee was able to get the ball and control it for a while.”
Lee opened the scoring when senior Ray J. McAuley scored on a two-yard run with 9:52 left in the second quarter.
The Catamounts immediately answered with a 69-yard drive, all accounted for by Mayaka. The Panther Creek senior scored on a nine-yard burst up the middle to tie the contest 7-7.
Lee scored twice more before intermission. Foushee found the end zone on runs of two and 15 yards to give the Yellow Jackets a 21-7 halftime lead.
Lee opened the second half with a 69-yard scoring drive, capped by a Foushee 11-yard touchdown run. The Yellow Jackets nearly went up by 28 points on the ensuing drive, but a 47-yard McAuley interception return for a touchdown was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty.
The Catamounts took advantage, and Dorrel McClain scored on a 19-yard burst up the middle to trim the Lee advantage to 28-14 with five minutes left in the third.
Panther Creek could get no closer, coming up a foot short on a fourth and 11 play late in the third quarter.
Lee converted that into a 70-yard drive and Foushee’s fourth score, a 14 yard run.
Catamount junior Alec Slusser notched an interception.