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Lee Co. football hopes to keep momentum going in 2014

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Lee County quarterback Edmond Caldwell played for Southern Lee last year but will wear the Yellow Jacket navy and gold this season. Lee County quarterback Edmond Caldwell played for Southern Lee last year but will wear the Yellow Jacket navy and gold this season.
SANFORD, N.C. -

Burton Cates spend 25 years as the head football coach at Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur. But six years ago, his son thought a change was needed.

Lee County fit the bill for Cates.

The Yellow Jackets for a gridiron powerhouse through the 60s and 70s but have since taken a step back.

The fans have reminded behind the Yellow Jackets through it all.

"They come over here on Friday nights at 7:30 hoping to relive some magic from back in the 70s,” Cates said. “So hopefully, eventually, we can give them that magic.”

The Yellow Jackets have been gaining momentum after winning 18 games over the last two seasons.

The 2014 Lee County team could be the best in years.

“I want to be able to be like the oldheads and talk like, ‘I did this and I did that,' but push others to do the same thing," said running back Jerry Pullum.

Lee Senior was the only high school in the county until Southern Lee opening seven years ago.

Lee County quarterback Edmond Caldwell played for Southern Lee last year but will wear the Yellow Jacket navy and gold this season.

“My daddy played for Lee Senior back in the days and he always told me to come home, and he's excited he feels like he's home now," Caldwell said.

After this season, Caldwell and the Yellow Jackets hope the 2014 is talked about for years to come.

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