Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Generals Extend Win Streak to Seven in a Row; QB Jones Runs for Three TDs, Defense Stifles Baldwin

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Generals Extend Win Streak to Seven in a Row; QB Jones Runs for Three TDs, Defense Stifles Baldwin

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Byline: Justin Barney

Lee is ready to give this playoff thing its best shot.

The Generals stretched their winning streak to seven with a 39-14-victory over playoff-bound Baldwin, and now get to work on their second season. They go in to the state playoffs ranked 10th in the state in Class 7A and unbeaten since Week 2. Even better - they'll host their first postseason game since 1996 next Friday when Tallahassee Leon comes to the Backyard.

It's been a long time coming, and the Generals (7-1) say they plan on making the most of it.

"Back in the Backyard [next week], they deserve all the success they're getting," said Lee coach O.J. Small, who was a freshman in high school the last time the Generals hosted a playoff game. "The defense is playing dang good. The offense is playing dang good."

Good enough for the school's first playoff win in 20 years?

"This is the best team they've had since they won the district title in 1996," said Baldwin coach Steve Shields, who played at Lee back then. "O.J.'s got himself a great team. A dynamic quarterback like they have, and that defense."

That quarterback, junior Derrick Jones, rushed for three touchdowns, and that defense looked better than advertised, holding the Indians to minus-3 yards on 24 carries. But Small said it could have been better, and needs to be better quickly, if Lee wants to ride the playoff train for any length of time.

"The entire team, we've got to be more disciplined, we can't have so many of those 'my bads,' that's what we call those," he said. "If we eliminate those my bads, I think the only team that stops us is us."

Jones gave Baldwin all kinds of problems, scoring three times on short-yardage runs and then deferring the rest of the offense to Cam Wakefield, who led all players with 124 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and added a 76-yard punt return for a score.

"Get better, week in, week out," Jones said. "Since that first loss to Raines [in Week 1], we've wanted to get better every time out."

While Jones and Wakefield headlined the offense, it was Lee's defense that took center stage. …

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