by: Elias Benitez Alvarez
The Lee County High School football team hits the road Friday night to begin its playoff run against Currituck County High School.
“I think everyone is excited,” said LCHS head football coach Steve Burdeau. “We get to see a different school, someone we haven’t played, go to an area we have not been. It is a little bit of a trip, but I think overall everyone is excited.”
The Yellow Jackets (7-3) lost three of their last four games before defeating Southern Lee Friday night. Currituck County enters the contest winners of four of their last six. The Knights (6-4) are averaging over 46 points per game in those wins.
This also marks the 11th straight playoff appearance for the Yellow Jackets. This time of year, coaches rely on leadership from the older players to make a difference. For Burdeau, that comes down to senior quarterback Mark Schlesinger, senior lineman Wyatt Rickard and senior defender Ayden Rhoney.
“They work hard,” Burdeau said. “They do things the right way. They are always at every event that we have, even the ones that aren’t as fun.”
Burdeau added that the team is made of competitors, which he admitted can be an advantage as well as a bit of a problem.
“I think the boys really enjoy competing,” he said. “Any time things kind of get touch or things might not necessarily go their way, they want to find a way to complete and overcome any obstacles.
“We are so competitive sometimes we let teams that might not be as competitive as us play with us,” the head coach added.
Junior running back BJ Brown missed the win against Southern Lee with injury. Burdeau said it will come down to how he feels before making a decision about whether or not Brown plays against the Knights.
“We will see how practice goes today [Thursday],” Burdeau said. “He practiced some yesterday [Wednesday] so he would be what I would say, game-time decision.”
The winner of LCHS and Currituck County will play the winner of North Brunswick and Westover on Nov. 11.