BIRCHLEAF, Va. — Jordan, the basketball legend, and Hanes, the clothing manufacturer, are a pretty effective marketing duo.

The names Jordan and Haynes are pretty effective on a football field, too.

Jordan Haynes ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns and Lee knocked Haysi out of the playoffs with a 34-14 win over the Tigers at Sandlick Elementary School Friday night.

Lee (7-3) took advantage of its superior size, Haysi miscues and the running of Haynes, who added long scoring runs of 29, 50 and 37 yards, respectively, to the Generals power running game. Haynes had two TDs in the first half, when the Generals scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead.

Blocking back Cory Culbertson added a 2-yard touchdown run in the first half for Lee, which ran the ball 58 times for 365 yards. The Generals controlled the line of scrimmage in both halves.

“We’ve prided ourselves all year in being a physical football team, offensively,” Lee coach Bobby Sanders said. “And it starts up front. We’ve been doing a good job getting off the line and opening holes, and Jordan Haynes is a special running back. He’s had a great season. If he hits a seam he’s going to go, because he’s going to run over somebody if they get in his way.”

Haysi (7-3) was eliminated by the non-district loss, coupled with Clintwood’s win over Appalachia. The Tigers got within 21-14 by halftime on two touchdown passes from Chris Fleming, one-yarders to Cody Yates and Joe Yates, respectively, just two minutes and 12 seconds apart in the second quarter.

But a better pass rush and pass coverage by Lee in the second half, and two critical turnovers by the Tigers that set up third quarter touchdowns for the Generals, sealed Haysi’s fate. After completing 12-of-21 passes for 180 yards in the first half, Fleming was hurried into a 3-of-16 effort in the second half.

“You can’t mistakes and beat yourself,” Haysi coach James Colley said. “It seemed like the ball didn’t bounce our way.

“They changed their defense (in the second half) and went man underneath and kept two safeties free. They’d stunt a linebacker once in a while, and they made it tough on our passing game.”

Haysi fumbled away the second half kickoff, and Haynes made the Tigers pay on the first play from scrimmage in the third period with his third and final touchdown. Michael Cress forced the fumble and Tommy Shoemaker recovered it.

Haysi drove inside Lee territory on its first possession of the second half, but turned it over at the Generals’ 16-yard line on an interception by Nick Stapleton. Lee drove 84 yards in 10 plays, getting its final touchdown on a 23-yard TD pass from Tyler Mullins to Gary Stafford.

The Tigers had no running game to complement its passing attack with senior fullback Caleb Powers knocked out of action in the second quarter with a hip pointer, and finished with one yard on nine attempts. Haysi, meanwhile, could do little to stop the Lee rushing attack.

“Caleb being out, that hurt,” Colley added. “But Lee did exactly what we thought they would do. They came out ready to play. Our guys didn’t quit, though, they were still hitting hard right down to the end.”

The Generals used up much of the second-half clock behind the running of Haynes, Shoemaker and backup tailback Michael Rutledge. Lee, which was knocked out of the playoffs just last week, was at the Haysi four in the final seconds, but allowed the clock to run out.

“We were disappointed about (not making the playoffs),” Sanders said. “But that’s the way it goes. We had a great season, and no one can take that away from us.”



Lee...............14 7 13 0 -- 34

Haysi..............0 14 0 0 -- 14

L-Haynes 29 run (Shoemaker kick)

L-Culbertson 2 run (Shoemaker kick)

L-Haynes 50 run (Shoemaker kick)

H-C. Yates 1 pass from C. Fleming (Owens kick)

H-J. Yates 1 pass from C. Fleming (Owens kick)

L-Haynes 37 run (Shoemaker kick)

L-Stafford 23 pass from Mullins (kick failed)

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Team Statistics

First Downs: Lee 24, Haysi 13; Rushes-Yards: Lee 58-365, Haysi 9-1; Passing Yards: Lee 73, Haysi 207; Comp-Att-Int: Lee 7-12-0, Haysi 15-27-1; Fumbles-Lost: Lee 3-0, Haysi 3-1; Penalties-Yards: Lee 6-56, Haysi 5-45; Punts-Average: Lee 2-29.5, Haysi 2-40.