Lassiter is up to No. 2 in the rankings, best in the school’s history.
Even at 10-0 in 2009, Lassiter was no higher than No. 9 entering the state playoffs. That was the year of Hutson Mason, who threw for 4,560 yards and 54 touchdowns, both state records.
Lassiter lost in the quarterfinals that year to Colquitt County, and Mason was intercepted five times. The title was won by Camden County, a Wing T team that passed fewer than 10 times per game.
This season, another Lassiter quarterback is setting a record pace. Eddie Printz has passed for 831 yards and 10 touchdowns in three games, with about 85 percent of that accomplished in the first half of blowouts.
In the 42-13 victory over Kell last week, Printz threw four touchdowns, all to Willie Police. Police had six receptions for 206 yards. Police scored on three long TD passes in the first quarter against a Kell secondary that features two FBS players, one going to Georgia, the other South Carolina.
There have been a half-dozen ”balanced” offenses to win the highest class over the past few decades, such as SW DeKalb in 1995, Colquitt County in 1994, Morrow in 1987. But those teams also rushed for more than 2,000 yards.
The last time a team won a state title in the highest classification with a team that was known for passing might’ve been Valdosta in 1971.
Can Lassiter do it? Can anyone?