Lee County overwhelmed visiting Triton, 52-7, on Monday night in a matchup of varsity football teams that were each 3-0 in the Tri-County Six 3-A Conference.
“We didn’t play with the effort needed to compete in a championship game,” said Hawks coach Ben Penny. “When you play in big games like this, you have to block out all of the ‘excuses’ or things you factor in to a quick turnaround. Great teams have to adjust. We didn’t do that.
“Hopefully this will be a learning tool for our younger players. I can’t say enough about some of our seniors. Amir (Wynn), J.P. (Petoletti), and a few others played their hearts out. We just didn’t bring the total team effort needed in a big game like this.”
Triton was within 15-7 after a 16-yard scoring run by Malachi Batts and a conversion kick by Carter Daughtry, but the Yellow Jackets added two touchdowns late in the first half to lead 28-7 at the break.
The Hawks (3-3, 3-1) were coming off a 60-27 win at Union Pines on Thursday night.
“Now we have another quick turnaround, for a winning season, for a possible playoff berth,” Penny said. “We have to heal up and be ready to battle against a very well-coached and much-improved Harnett Central team.
“We have to learn from tonight and make that adjustment quick.”
Triton hosts the Trojans on Friday night.