Rather than his last name, the back of Dontavian Lee's practice jersey reads, "X-Hammer." It works. The junior tailback for Forrest County Agricultural High School established himself as both the X-factor and the Hammer in the backfield against Purvis High last Friday night.
He may not have done it with a ton of flair, but the six-foot one-inch Lee banged and bruised his way to 307 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns against the Tornadoes. "I've been here 21 years, and I started thinking about other big nights running backs have had, and that was one of our better one's for sure," said Aggies head coach Larry Dolan.
To say Lee filled the stat sheet with a lot of running between the tackles, that's not to say he didn't electrify the crowd once or twice. In the first half, Lee broke a 97-yard touchdown run to extend an early Aggie lead.
Impressive? Yes. Was Lee entirely satisfied with his night? Not exactly.
"I had one fumble, and there was a hole that I missed, but I got to blame that all on myself," said a smiling Lee.
In the end, every one of Lee's yards and points mattered. The Aggies stormed out to a 21-0 lead, but had to withstand a furious Tornadoes comeback, and pulled out a dramatic 21-20 win. What Lee read on the scoreboard may have meant a little more to him than what he read on the stat sheet.
"I just wanted to get the team to win. That's all you can do is do your best," said Lee.
He may have done a little more than his own best. "We had a kid back in the early 90s, Johnny Horn, Davy Jackson (in the) late 90s, J.J. Smith in 2004, 2005 season," recalled Dolan, "I don't know that anybody got over 300.
"We've had some around there for sure."
Whatever the back of his own jersey reads, "X-Hammer" or Lee, he realized it the five names he reads every time he lined up had something to do with the big night. "I couldn't do anything but thank my lineman," said Lee, "If it wasn't for them, I really couldn't do anything."
FCAHS welcomes a renewed Columbia squad on Friday, and if what coach Dolan believes is true, the Wildcats better not be expecting any type of a letdown from no. 32. "Kids nowadays, they thrive off that. We all thrive off that," he said, "Anytime a person like that has a big night, it's a success for the team as well."
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